09 February 2011

Katie wins top poverty reporting award

Katie Davies

A first year journalism student from the University of Sheffield University has been named as one of three overall winners of the Young Reporters Against Poverty contest, receiving the prize in the Best Written Article category.

Katie Davies, 19, was originally shortlisted for the contest as one of 33 journalism and communications students selected from across the EU.

The contest, which is organised by the European Journalism Centre, asked students to report on issues in the developing world. The finalists all attended the European Union's European Development Days last year, where they reported on events and received training from top Brussels correspondents.

Katie was named one of three overall winners, along with Alba Malaga Homs (Spain) and Chiara Zappalà (Italy), who will now take part in a press trip to Tanzania to report on the work of EuropeAid.

"It's an honour to be picked, I still can't believe it,” said Katie: “All of the finalists were great people, really talented, and we just had so much fun together."

"It really was a great chance to learn from some experienced reporters in Brussels. It's not an opportunity I think I could have got anywhere else, especially as a 1st year BA student."