£4,000 journalism innovation prize for female journalists launched in memory of Georgina Henry

A £4,000 award has been launched to recognise innovation by female journalists.

The award has been launched by Women in Journalism in memory of one of its founders, former Guardian deputy editor Georgina Henry who died February. It wiill be presented at The Press Awards.

The award aims to recognise "a flair for storytelling and evidence of innovation and/or impact".

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger said: "Georgina Henry was really proud of her work with Women in Journalism and was – through launching and editing Comment is Free – a real innovator. I know she would have been delighted at an award in her name to encourage women to follow in her footsteps to achieve important things in the reinvention of journalism today."

The Press Awards take place on 10 March and the award is being sponsored by law firm Wiggin.

The prize money must be used to either fund living expenses during work experience or whilst working on a journalism project.

Applicants are invited to send three examples of work from the past 12 months to gh.wijaward@gmail.com plus an 800-word pitch for an ongoing journalistic project, explaining what stage it is at, and how it is likely to proceed. The closing date is "early January" 2015.

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