A crucial deadline for the journalists of tomorrow

On Monday at 5pm the deadline falls on both the Amnesty International Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition and the Student Human Rights Reporter Award. I cannot describe how vitally important both are to Amnesty.

There is little doubt the media plays a huge role in exposing human rights abuses across the globe.

The images and reports from places like Egypt, Sri Lanka and Burma have helped awaken a global consciousness and led in some cases to significant human rights change. It takes truly brave individuals to have the strength to make the difference. They are individuals we at Amnesty are dependent on and one of our tasks has been to inspire today’s young people to become the next Ian Cobain, Sue Lloyd-Roberts or George Alagiah – all previous winners at our Media Awards.

And that’s where the Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition and the Student Human Rights Reporter Award come in. Both are aimed squarely at discovering the human rights journalist of tomorrow.

Since the competitions started in 2010 over 6,000 people have taken part and as reported in the Guardian it’s had a huge impact on students. And it’s not too late to enter this year.

The Student award is backed by the NUS and the Observer and the top prize is a $2,000 fellowship with Pulitzer. And you can enter here.

The Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year has been expanded this year to include a new photojournalism category. It is backed by SecEd, the Guardian Teacher Network and PhotoVoice. The top prize for each category involves work experience on a national outlet. To enter you need to submit an article up to 500 words or a photograph through our website here.

Both the competition and the award have shown that young people do have a passion for human rights and the winning entries over the last few years have been amazing.

A couple of the previous winners will be presenting this year’s young human rights awards on 30 April. They include our first winner Florence Potkins, who won the 2010 Upper Primary category, and last year’s Sixth form winner Alice Woodhouse.

The search for the next Florence or Alice closes on Monday. Good luck.

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