The Geddes Awards
Oxford University's annual awards for journalism are named after Philip Geddes, a 24-year old Fleet Street journalist who died in the IRA bomb attack on Harrods department store in Knightsbridge in December 1983.
The purpose of the awards is to stimulate and encourage young journalists, and to provide financial and practical assistance as they make the first steps in their chosen profession. In the past two decades more than £100,000 has been donated by the Geddes Trustees to student journalists to assist their completion.
The work of the Geddes Awards is supported by all major newsgathering organisations in the UK. The annual Geddes Memorial Lecture, where the future of journalism is addressed by a major journalistic figure, has been delivered by, among others, Jeremy Paxman, Jon Snow, Alan Rusbridger (editor, The Guardian), Evan Davis (presenter, Newsnight), Roger Alton (former editor-in-chief, The Observer & The Guardian), Nick Robinson (political editor, BBC-tv), Martha Kearney (presenter The World At One), Sir Peter Stothard (former editor, The Times), Matthew d'Ancona (former editor, The Spectator), and Dominic Lawson (former editor, Sunday Telegraph and Spectator).
Fundraising is ongoing. More details on the work of the Geddes Awards can be found at www.geddestrust.org
Christopher Wilson is a co-founder and Trustee of the Geddes Awards.