The journalists of tomorrow

OK so today I felt like turning the blog a bit on its head. Normally on these pages we love to chat about what’s in the news and what’s hot in the world of human rights. Instead, today, what I want to do is talk about the human rights journalism of tomorrow.

We all know about the Media Awards – ceremony on 29 May – and now in its 21st year. But to complete the journey over the last couple of years we’ve introduced our Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition. The competition is run in conjunction with the Guardian Teacher Network and the secondary school magazine SecEd.

Amnesty International has always been keen to encourage young people to get involved and journalism does play a key part in exposing human rights abuses.

Victoria Najafi is the teacher of one of last year’s winners, Angus Kirk, and she explained succinctly how much she enjoyed last year’s award in SecEd and how much of a difference it has made to her school. Angus, meanwhile, has signed up to be one of this year’s judges. He will be joined by renowned authors Anna Perera and Kathryn Cave and the award-winning Guardian journalist Ian Cobain, who were all confirmed last week.

The competition encourages seven to 18-year-olds to submit their own story on human rights. There are four categories: Upper Primary, Lower Secondary, Upper Secondary and Sixth Form. For the two younger categories we are after entries of up to 250 words, and for the older categories the word-length goes up to 500 words.

The competition was due to close tomorrow, but that deadline has now been extended to 20 February to give pupils across the UK the chance to compose a masterpiece over the half-term break.
It’s really straightforward to enter, just follow the instructions on our site.

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