Peter Chappell, a recent Cambridge University graduate, is the first winner of The Orwell Society’s £1,500 bursary for journalism students. Peter starts his postgraduate newspaper course at City, University of London, on 17 September.
The bursaries were open to undergraduate and post-graduate students in the UK. Applicants had to write a commentary on a contemporary news report in the style of Orwell. Their submissions were judged by Richard Blair, son of George Orwell and Patron of The Orwell Society (OS), Ros Wynne-Jones, of the Daily Mirror, Dr Judith Townend, journalist and lecturer in media and information law at the University of Sussex, and Professor Richard Lance Keeble, OS chair.
Peter commented: ‘Orwell’s clarity and honesty are inspirational for any journalist, and his unwavering commitment to speaking the truth on behalf of the politically powerless will be a great example for me as I start a course in journalism at City, University of London, this year.’ As the bursary winner, he also committed himself to ‘incorporate the principles of clarity, brevity and integrity espoused by Orwell in his journalism’.
Peter is keen to work on behalf of the OS while at City. The £1,500 bursary is to be given in three tranches at the start of each term, the OS committee reviewing his performance before granting the award.
Uploaded 3 September 2018