To a brave, important and environment curious voice in Journalism, who will never be silenced.
A contribution to the goal of supporting young female journalists who cover the world and their subcultures in the spirit of Kim Wall, and what Kim liked to call 'the undercurrents of rebellion'.
Posthum to Kim Wall for her curious independence and constant courage. A Scandinavian journalist who was world class with outstanding ability in her reporting, ability to find stories and destinies which mirrors our globalized contemporary.
Kim Wall was respected and had the will to talk for the vulnerable and give light to part of the hidden world. Most of her articles was written from dangerous places and covered poverty, pop culture, foreing policy and feminism. Kim Wall wanted more women out in the world to get affected of life, that is a motto, wholly aligned with the values of Soroptimists.”
Judges' comments: Of all the strong entries in the Explanatory category this year, the judges said this multimedia project was emotionally provoking. It stood out for its gripping narrative and its effective interweaving of the largely-forgotten legacy of nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands with the advancing threat of climate change to the same remote region. The complicated issues of nuclear contamination, islander displacement and economic disruption are not easy to forget.
Congratulations to Anne Kirstine Hermann, the inaugural grantee of the Kim Wall Memorial Fund.
"Ms. Hermann will use the grant to help fund her current project – a book on the human consequences of Danish colonialism in Greenland, where she will be traveling this May and June.
'Quality journalism is under pressure from many directions and, hence, so is democracy,' Hermann said. 'The world needs more reporters like Kim who encourage curiosity and empathy between communities.'"
Other awards in Kim's name
In 2013, Kim Wall received a scholarship from Thanks to Scandinavia. The fund is now honoring the journalist with a scholarship in her name; The Kim Wall Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded annually to people with the same values as Wall.
The first scholarship goes to the Finnish journalist Hanna Nordenswan, who is studying documentary film in New York.
The Kim Wall Best Digital Reporting Award, sponsored by Google, rewards the best story or series of stories on international affairs using creative and dynamic digital storytelling techniques.
Entries for the first award can be submitted here.
Link to the OPC Awards dinner where Joachim and Ingrid Wall lit a candle in memory of Kim below
Kim Wall graduated from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in 2013. A scholarship has been established at the school in her name.
You can donate to the Kim Wall Memorial Fund here:
What is the fund about?
The fund will fund a female reporter to cover subculture, broadly defined, and what Kim liked to call “the undercurrents of rebellion.”
Why we are doing this?
We are starting the Kim Wall Memorial Fund to honor her legacy. Kim wanted more women to be out in the world, brushing up against life, and we would like to help bend the world in her vision.
Who are we?
We are Kim’s family and friends. Her parents Ingrid and Joachim and her brother Tom. Her friends Mansi Choksi and May Jeong will be helping set the grant up in the coming days.
If you are interested in supporting, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign up for updates here.