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LSE announces a new Bernard Levin Award

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An award to celebrate the life of Bernard Levin, LSE alumnus and outstanding journalist, has been set up at the School.

LSE students are invited to enter the competition to win a three month internship at The Times newspaper by submitting a 1,200 word article on the cultural, intellectual, political, professional, business, media or entertainment life around the School campus in central London.

The winner will be invited to celebrate his or her success with an evening at the theatre and dinner for two, before commencing on their internship at The Times, where Bernard Levin ended his career as an influential columnist.

In future years winners of the award will win internships at other newspapers, magazines and broadcasters.

Bernard Levin (BSc Government 1949) started his journalism career whilst at LSE - contributing to the School's Clare Market Review magazine and Beaver newspaper. He went on to become the top columnist at The Times after writing for The Guardian, The Observer, The Spectator and contributing to many other journals and books on subjects ranging from travel to opera.

The award in his name has been developed and established by David Kingsley, chair of the Alumni Association at LSE, Liz Anderson, arts editor of The Spectator and Levin's companion, and Sir John Burgh, LSE alumnus who later became a governor, honorary fellow and chairman of the Court of Governors at the School.

The judging panel includes a member of staff from the LSE media department; Christopher McKane, executive editor of The Times; Liz Anderson, arts editor of The Spectator; and Sid Kamath, executive editor of LSE's student newspaper The Beaver.

The deadline for the competition is Friday 15 June and the winner will be announced during the following week. Entries must be submitted to: The Annual Bernard Levin Award, c/o The Treasurer, LSE Students' Union, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE.

Press cuttings

Annual Bernard Levin Award (10 May 07)
The 'savage, clever, cunning, witty and brilliant' work of The Times columnist Bernard Levin is being commemorated in an annual writing competition for students at his alma mater, the London School of Economics and Political Science.

11 May 2007