Final call for Student Human Rights Journalism award backed by Unreported World and The Observer

Amnesty International and NUS today issued a final call for entries to the Student Human Rights Reporter of the Year award.

This year the competition is backed by both Channel 4’s ground-breaking Unreported World series and The Observer. The closing date is Friday 20 June

The award, now in its third year, is part of the Amnesty Media Awards that showcase the very best of human rights journalism from national newspapers and innovative digital content to television documentaries and radio programmes.

The winner will pick up their award at the prestigious Media Awards ceremony in November 2014, which draws together over 450 people from the top echelons of British media.

A member of Channel 4’s Unreported World team and a senior reporter from The Observer will help judge the student entries. The winner will get a behind-the-scenes tour of Channel 4 News and a chance to meet the team. They will also get two weeks’ work experience at The Observer, with the winning piece being published by the Guardian Media Group.

Siobhan Sinnerton, Commissioning Editor News and Current Affairs at Channel 4, said:

“Unreported World has a long track record of exposing human rights abuses across the globe. So we are delighted to be associated with Amnesty’s Student Human Rights Reporter of the Year award.

“Unreported World is keen to champion journalism and encourage the next generation of reporters. And we believe that by backing Amnesty’s award we are doing exactly that.”

Ursula Kenny, from the Observer, added:

“Amnesty and The Observer have a long history together. It was a letter to the paper in 1961 that led to the formation of Amnesty International. So we are delighted to back the award and look forward to seeing this year’s entries.”

Who can enter?

The competition is open to all students at UK universities or Higher or Further Education Colleges. The closing date is Friday 20 June 2014.

Articles should be up to 2000 words long. Broadcast pieces should be no longer than 10-minutes long and must have been published or aired by a recognised student outlet between 1 September 2013 and Friday 20 June 2014.

How do I enter my article?

All entries must be submitted online. Follow the link https://www2.amnesty.org.uk/student-human-rights-reporter-award

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