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Scholarship In Memory Of Cameraman Mick Deane
On the anniversary of his death while filming in Cairo, Sky News is launching an annual scholarship in memory of our cameraman Mick Deane.
His widow,†Daniela Deane, will be involved in choosing a young cameraman to benefit from the year-long apprenticeship.
But she has criticised the Egyptian government for failing to provide any information about the circumstances in which her husband was shot dead.
Mick was killed by a single shot while a Sky News team were filming the crushing of protests against the military coup which deposed elected President Mohamed Morsi.
Human Rights Watch estimates more than 1,000 people were killed when the military moved to clear protest camps in Cairo, and said the operation was "meticulously planned at the highest level".
Mick was not killed in crossfire, or hit accidently in a hail of bullets fired at a crowd.
He was shot once by a sniper or gunman while he was standing in a relatively peaceful street.
From the accounts of those who were with him, Sky News believes he may have been deliberately targeted for being a cameraman, and asked the Egyptian authorities for an explanation.
Despite promises of an investigation, there are still no answers.
Daniela said: "He was murdered. He was assassinated by the Egyptian military, by a military sniper.
"He'd been there for a while covering what they were doing. They were killing people and they murdered him too.
"Not only my husband was shot that day, there were three Egyptian journalists killed that day.
"And now three journalists from Al Jazeera have been given really long prison sentences. So we know the attitude of the Egyptian regime now against journalists."
Daniela, a journalist with the Washington Post,†has written her own story†for her newspaper about the year since Mick died.
Mick was mourned by many in the television industry, from veteran correspondents to new recruits.
Sky's Jeremy Thompson and Mark Austin, of ITV News, had worked with him two decades ago in Asia, and were speakers at his funeral.
But what set Mick apart was his willingness to help those with less experience, especially young camera operators.
Sky News Cameraman/Editor Adam Cole remembers him as "a kind man".
"He had a great sense of humour and he was very, very patient," he said.
"So when I was training with him, whether it be at home or abroad, he treated everyone as an equal."
So with that in mind, Sky News is launching an annual scholarship for those who want to follow in Mick's footsteps.
Every year we will take a graduate of the National Film and Television school, and train them in how to shoot and edit TV news reports.
Some of those who intend to apply already get work experience at Sky, but the Mick Deane scholarship will give them a year-long apprenticeship.†
Sharon McVeigh, one of the applicants, said: "There really isn't anything out there like it, to get the opportunity to get practical hands-on experience in the Sky News operations, out on the road as a camera assistant. I've seen what Mick Deane did and how passionate he was about training."
Fellow student Benji Barnes said: "In the world of media everyone's quite protective of their jobs, so it was very refreshing to hear about this person who was very eager to help young up-and-coming operators."
A former colleague has also established a Mick Deane scholarship in broadcast journalism in Hong Kong, where Mick was based 25 years ago.
Mark Erder, from Asia Pacific Vision, said Mick was a consummate television journalist.
"But what separated him from the pack was his generosity," he said.
"He was competitive but never had a problem sharing story or technical information with others."
Yuen-Ying Chan, director and professor of journalism at the University of Hong Kong, said: "The scholarship is for that student who best exemplifies Mick's spirit.
"Somebody who wants to excel at broadcast journalism but is also generous by nature; one who shares information with others and has the potential to be a teacher and mentor."
There have been many tributes to Mick over the past year. In June, the Newseum in Washington DC added him to their roll call of the hundreds of men and women who have died while reporting the news.
Those of us who knew him and loved him will cherish his memory and his legacy. But what we'd really like to know is who killed him. And why.