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Oxford University Gazette, 1 December 2005:
Prizes, Grants, and Funding


The Philip Geddes and Clive Taylor prizes are awarded each year for outstanding work in student journalism. The maximum value of both prizes is £1,000. The Clive Taylor prize is awarded for sports journalism. There is also a St Edmund Hall Prize for which the maximum value is £500.

The Philip Geddes prize is open to undergraduate members of the University who, by the end of Trinity Term 2006, will have completed the second year of their degree course; the Clive Taylor prize is open to both graduate and undergraduate students of the University. All candidates are expected to have involved themselves in journalism, including radio, television, or photography, in the University and elsewhere. Any student of St Edmund Hall who has fulfilled the appropriate conditions is free to apply for the Geddes or Taylor Prize and the St Edmund Hall Prize.

Candidates are asked to submit the following: (a) four copies of examples of a minimum of three and a maximum of six pieces of journalistic work completed whilst at the University, and (b) four copies of an outline of a specific journalistic project upon which the candidate proposes to spend the award. Applicants who do not submit the required number of copies or who submit more than the required pieces of work will be ineligible for the prize.

Entries should reach Professor Richard Crampton at St Edmund Hall by midday on Friday, 27 January 2006. It is hoped that interviews will take place on the morning of Wednesday, 8 February. Candidates should therefore keep that time free; because some interviewers have to come from outside Oxford alternative times cannot be arranged.

Envelopes should be clearly marked 'The Philip Geddes Prize' or 'The Clive Taylor Prize'. The prize will be judged by two practising journalists, one fellow of St Edmund Hall, and one other senior member of the University.

Candidates should ask their tutor to write separately to Professor Richard Crampton at St Edmund Hall, certifying that the candidate's journalism has not interfered with his or her academic work.

The awards are made on the condition that successful candidates later submit a report or project which demonstrates the use to which the prize-money was put. This report or project may then be added to the candidate's portfolio when applying for jobs in the media.

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