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Student Human Rights Reporter of the Year Award launched

Tuesday 5 October 2010 NUS News

NUS, The Mirror and Amnesty international are teaming up to launch the Student Human Rights Reporter Award.

Do you have a human rights story to tell – either from personal experience or your interpretation of a human rights news story?

Top entries (winner and runners up) will be published in The Mirror and on the websites of the NUS and Amnesty International on 1 June.

Winning articles and the runners up will also be showcased at the Amnesty International UK main Media Awards in 2011.

The winner and runners up will be invited on a VIP trip to the Amnesty and NUS offices in mid 2011 and the winner will be given two weeks work experience at The Mirror, during summer 2011. 

What can I write about?
Here are some examples:

  • Refugees
  • The death penalty
  • Freedom of expression
  • Freedom of association
  • Child labour
  • Forced evictions
  • A profile of a human rights campaigner (either famous or an unsung hero in your local area)
  • An event on a human rights theme in your area
  • Your experience of human rights in countries overseas such as Burma, Nigeria and China
  • Anything to do with human rights or those rights being broken

Who can enter?

The competition is open to all students at UK universities or Further Education Colleges.

A successful piece will contain a balance of factual information and the feelings and opinions of the writer.

Articles should be up to 1000 words long. Broadcast pieces should be no longer than 10-minutes long

Judging

The shortlist will be compiled by a panel of judges from NUS. Final judging will be by a panel of Amnesty International representatives, Mirror newspaper journalists, staff from the NUS media team and independent judges.

Prizes*

1st place – Two weeks work experience with the Mirror Group, Amnesty, Mirror and NUS goodie bags (including exclusive Amnesty International media awards 2011 T-shirt), an Amnesty International media award 2011, winning article published by the Mirror and on the NUS and Amnesty International UK websites, and VIP trips to the Amnesty International and NUS headquarters, Travel expenses and possible hotel expenses paid).
2nd and 3rd places – Amnesty, Mirror and NUS goodie bags (including exclusive Amnesty International media awards T-shirt), Amnesty International media awards 2011 certificate

How do I enter my article?

Send three hard copies of your entry to Lewis Cooper at NUS, including your Name, Date of Birth, email address, contact telephone number, University, home and university address.

When do I need to enter?

All entries must be submitted to NUS, by 14 February 2011. 

How will I know if I’ve won?

After the judging panel have decided on the prize-winning articles, the winner and runners up will be notified on the day of the Amnesty International media awards.

Contact

If you have any questions regarding this competition or require any further information, please email us at: Lewis Cooper (pressoffice@nus.org.uk) or phone on: 020 7380 6671 or niall.couper@amnesty.org.uk.

Please ensure you have read our terms and conditions on the entry form before entering this competition.

Download the entry form here.