Student Human Rights Reporter Award

Lauren Wilks, 2013 winner, and the Observer's Paul Webster Lauren Wilks, 2013 Student Human Rights Reporter, is presented her award by Paul Webster, Deputy Editor of the Observer

Part of our prestigious Media Awards

We are proud to run our award for Student Human Rights Reporter of the Year, in partnership with the National Union of Students (NUS) and the Observer newspaper.

The Student Human Rights Reporter of the Year Award is part of our prestigious Media Awards, which showcase the very best of human rights journalism.

Read last year's winning article by University of Edinburgh student Lauren Wilks on life after forced marriage, published in the Observer.

Win work experience at the Observer

The first prize is two weeks' work experience at the Observer, as well as Amnesty, NUS and Observer goodie bags and an award to be presented at the Amnesty International Media Awards 2014. Two runners up will also receive Amnesty, NUS and Observer goodie bags and an Amnesty 2014 Media Awards certificate. Read more in the Observer

A member of the team behind Channel 4's ground-breaking Unreported World series will be one of the judges for the award and the winner will get a behind-the-scenes tour of Channel 4 News and a chance to meet the team. Find out more

Entry criteria

This competition is open to all students at a UK university, higher education college or further education college.

What you need to enter

You must submit either an article or broadcast piece for us to review on the theme of human rights.

  • Articles can be up to 2,000 words long
  • Broadcasts (audio or video) can be up to 10 minutes long.

Your submission must have been broadcast or published in a recognised student publication or outlet between 19 February 2013 and 17 February 2014.  Posts on a personal blog are not eligible for entry.

The closing date for this year's competition was Tuesday 24 June 2014.

The small print

  • All entries must be submitted between 28 August 2013 and 24 June 2014.
  • The competition is open to any student at a UK university, higher education college or further education college who has an article published (or a radio/TV piece broadcast) in a recognised student media outlet between 19 February 2013 and 24 June 2014.
  • The judges retain the right to refuse entry if the outlet is not deemed to be a recognised student media outlet. Personal blogs will not be considered.
  • If you complete your studies before 24 June 2014, you are still eligible to enter the competition, as long as you submit an article that was published while you were still a student (i.e. after 19 February 2013 but before the end of your course).  If you were not a student in the UK at the time that your article was published, you will be disqualified. 

Get in touch

If you any questions about the competition or have difficulty submitting your online entry, please contact our Student Community Organiser, Dani Beckett:

020 7033 1596

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Terms and conditions of this competition