Learnnewsdesk and Amnesty launch young reporter competition

Amnesty encourages human rights reporting

Amnesty International UK has joined forces with Learnnewsdesk to launch a brand new Young Human Rights Reporter competition.

The competition, which will launch on Tuesday 23 February, is calling on young people from across the country to write a compelling human rights story – either from personal experience (eg bullying or what it is like to be a refugee) or from their interpretation of a human rights news story.

Articles should be 200-250 words long and may contain photographs and/or podcasts and submitted via the Learnnewsdesk website, an arm of the Guardian Media Group. However, prizes will be awarded for quality of writing only.

There are two categories for the competition 7-11 year olds (Key Stage 2 upper primary) and 11-14 (Key Stage 3 lower secondary).

The winners will have their article published on the ‘Be a reporter’ section of learnnewsdesk and on the Guardian website. Extracts will be published in the Guardian newspaper. The article will be showcased at the Amnesty International Media Awards. They will receive an MP3 recorder, an Amnesty media award trophy and goodie bag. They will also be invited on a VIP trip to Amnesty International and the Guardian newspaper.

Notes to editors:
To enter the article needs to be written using a Word/text document. They then need to log onto the www.learnnewsdesk.co.uk login amnesty password amnesty and copy and paste the entry using the ‘Be a reporter’ section clicking on ‘Send us a report’.

The competition opens on 23 February and closes on 1 April 2010. Winners will be notified by 7 May 2010.

Full terms and conditions are available on the competitions link of the Be a reporter section or copy this url into your browser once you have logged into the site: http://www.learnnewsdesk.co.uk/Downloads/AmnestyTandCs.pdf.

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