Preston teacher in running for top honour

Journalist Clare Sambrook, who lectures part-time at UCLan, has been longlisted for the highly prestigious Orwell Prize.
Journalist Clare Sambrook, who lectures part-time at UCLan, has been longlisted for the highly prestigious Orwell Prize.
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An award-winning journalist who teaches in Preston is hoping to write her own headlines by winning one of the industry’s highest honours.

Clare Sambrook, who works at the University of Central Lancashire, has been long-listed for the second time in the prestigious journalism category of the Orwell Prize for her work in exposing injustice, challenging official lying, and providing intelligence and ammunition to people working for policy change.

Clare, pictured, is a novelist, freelance journalist and founder of the citizens’ campaign End Child Detention Now. In 2010 she won both the Paul Foot Award and Bevins Prize for Outstanding Investigative Reporting.

She said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have made the Orwell Prize longlist for the second time in three years.

“It’s a real honour to be in such strong company on the list, and I’m delighted that Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, whose work I publish, is there too.”

Her submission exposes waste, greed and dishonesty in the privatisation of public services.

She is one of 15 journalists who have made it on to the longlist and will find out on Tuesday if she has been selected for the shortlist of six.