Lindsey Hilsum: ‘My job is reporting how war affects the lives of people’

Lindsey Hilsum, international editor at Channel 4 News, received the British Journalism Review’s 2011 Charles Wheeler award last night.

The award recognises her outstanding contribution to broadcast journalism and is in memory of the journalist and broadcaster Charles Wheeler, who died in 2008.

On receiving the award, Lindsey Hilsum said: 

Charles Wheeler was my role model and hero. I have always aspired to report in his tradition, and that’s why I’m overwhelmed and honoured to get this award.

Lindsey Hilsum was also named One World Journalist of the Year last month.  She was at Frontline Club earlier this month to discuss Iran’s Green movement and also spoke about the journalists who inspired her, including Martha Gellhorn and Kate Adie, at a Reflections event last year, which was in association with the BBC College of Journalism. 

In the video above you can hear her discuss her reporting in Rwanda and China and the assumptions and prejudices that exist towards women journalists.

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