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Walking in a student wonderland

It’s been all go today at the Human Rights Action Centre. The building has been swamped by over 100 student journalists from across the country.

The reason? Amnesty and the National Union of Students’ two-day media summit.

It’s a totally unique event that brings experts in the media face-to-face with tomorrow’s aspiring journalists. And I have to say I love it.

It was great to see the likes of Steve Bloomfiled, once of the Independent and now at Monocle, Sunny Hundall of Liberal Conspiracy fame, and Sky News Reporter Alistair Bunkall holding court in front of dozens of transfixed journalists.

Then of course we all through the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the deeply entertaining freelancer Andrew Mueller into the mix.

That was all a great appetiser for the evening’s Burma debate. And that had us all on the edge of our seats as Santhar Aung of the Democratic Voice of Burma and Nita May of BBC Burmese retold their stories of working in Burma.

And to end, Aaron Porter, the president of the NUS, Nita and Santhar all did a swathe of one-to-one interviews. Oh and I did some as well – some people thought my AFC Wimbledon past was worth a tale or two…

The day also saw the launch of Amnesty’s new Student Human Rights Reporter of the Year award. The award is backed by the NUS and the Daily Mirror. You can find details on how to enter on the NUS website. All exciting stuff.

Anyway, that’s day one out of the way. Let’s get ready for day two!

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