New York, Jan. 3, 2018 — The Overseas Press Club of America has named its Best Digital Reporting Award in honor of Kim Wall, a Swedish freelance journalist and OPC member who was murdered while working on a story in Denmark in August, 2017.
Wall frequently wrote about identity, gender, pop-culture, social justice and foreign policy and reported from many countries, including China, Uganda and Haiti.
Wall graduated with honors from Columbia University in 2013, where she received masters degrees in journalism and international affairs. She reported from the Marshall Islands in 2015 with fellow OPC members Hendrik Hinzel and Coleen Jose on the leaking Runit Dome that houses radioactive waste.
That reporting was awarded the Hansel Mieth Prize for Best Digital Reportage. Now the OPC is honoring her legacy with The Kim Wall Best Digital Reporting Award for best story or series of stories on international affairs using creative and dynamic digital storytelling techniques.
The first Kim Wall Award will be given on April 26 in New York at the OPC’s annual awards dinner. Wall’s parents will attend the dinner and light the OPC’s candle of remembrance in honor of journalists murdered, jailed, or missing.
“The Overseas Press Club is honored to be able to commemorate the life and work of Kim Wall with this award,” said OPC President Deidre Depke. “Kim was a journalist who embodied the club’s commitment to quality journalism and courage in the field.”
You can apply for the Kim Wall Best Digital Reporting Award here.