Anthony Howard, 2008

"The great pleasure of editing a paper is the chance you are given to encourage talent"

Anthony Howard, who died in 2010, was a superb political journalist, with an exceptional ability to encourage young writers.

Haymarket Media Group has undertaken to fund an annual bursary of £25,000 a year in his memory for working or aspiring journalists under the age of 27, who want to write about politics and government.

Applicants are required to propose a subject for a 5,000 word essay on British politics and government, displaying the qualities that Howard most looked for in a journalist: flair, imagination and wit. They should outline how they would propose to research the essay and they should include an example of their writing, published or unpublished.

The successful candidate will serve three successive internships of 14 weeks each at the publications with which Howard was most closely associated: The Times, the Observer and the New Statesman.

The 2014 award was won by Ashley Cowburn, a 23-year-old City University journalism student. The 2015 award will be opening for applications next spring.


Anthony Howard, 1985. Photograph by Neil Libbert