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Are you the next Amnesty International Best Student Journalist?

Tuesday 31 May 2016 NUS News

Nominations for the Amnesty Media Awards are open until 1 August

The annual Amnesty International Media Awards celebrate the very best reporting of human rights issues, including the outstanding achievements of student journalists.

Now in its twenty-fifth year, the awards represent an incredible opportunity to gain a foothold in the media or human rights sector.

The Best Student Journalist Award has seen some truly inspirational reporting gain the recognition that it deserves.

2013 winner Lauren Wilks, for example, took on the issue of forced marriage in the UK. Having only written a few articles while at university, winning the award helped catapult her into a career which has taken her to Washington DC and Rio de Janeiro.

“Exploring Rio and engaging with journalists, academics and activists over a five-week period was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life,” she said of her trip to discover the rights of sex workers in the city.

“Moreover, being able to write for major media outlets such as Thomson Reuters Foundation, The Huffington Post, and the Guardian as an Amnesty award-winner and Pulitzer student fellow enabled me to launch my writing career.”

2012 winner Amy Mackinnon explored the incredible story of a student from her own university in ‘The curious case of John Oguchuckwu’. She told of a Nigerian asylum seeker who, having lived in Scotland for ten years, was deported with two weeks’ notice.

Amy was reluctant to enter her piece for the Amnesty Awards but was convinced otherwise by her editor. It turned out to be a good piece of advice.

“Winning the Amnesty International Media Award opened up numerous opportunities,” she said. “But perhaps most importantly it gave me the confidence to pursue a career in journalism.”

Now pursuing a successful career in Moscow, does she have any advice for students on whether to apply? “If any of you reading this are considering applying for Amnesty International’s Student Media Award, I have four words for you: just go for it.”

Are you an aspiring human rights journalist? Enter before 1 August here!