26 November 2010

Katie in final of anti-poverty reporting award

Katie Davies

A student from the University of Sheffield has been chosen as one of two UK finalists in a Europe-wide journalism competition for young reporters.

Katie Davies, 18, is in her first year and is currently studying towards a degree in Journalism and Russian.

She was selected for a shortlist of 33 finalists – one from each EU nation and two from larger countries like the UK after entering the ‘Young Reporters Against Poverty’ competition.

Organised by the European Journalism Centre, the competition was open to journalism, communication, international relations, development and political science students aged between 18 and 30 years old from all 27 EU member states.

Entrants were asked to write an article of 1000 words on the topic of EU Development Assistance, (excluding humanitarian or emergency assistance) given by the European Union to support the economic, social and/or political progress of developing countries.

Originally from Leicestershire, Katie wrote her article on the effect of corruption on developing countries and what the EU are doing to fight it.

She said: “I’m so happy. At first, I felt stupid for entering, because I never thought I’d get this far. I would love to win the final prize, but just to be a finalist means a lot to me.”

The finalists will be taken to Brussels for 5 days at the start of December to receive hands-on training about development; the EU and how to report live from the European Development Days.

The Development Days will be held on the 6th and the 7th of December, and involve hundreds of organisations and governments speaking out about development issues such as peace, security, democracy and the economic crisis, and human rights.

After their training, the finalists will return home and will be given a week to create and develop a new article from their experiences in Belgium at the European Development Days.

A jury of professional journalists and media experts will choose the best three submissions with a prize awarded for "best written reportage", "best radio reportage" and "most original news reporting".

Three overall winners will then be selected for the press trip to Africa.