Stephanie is Young Human Rights Reporter Runner Up
Thursday, 17 May 2012
Year 12 student, Stephanie Gabbatt, has been named runner up in the Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition in her age group.
Amnesty International held the awards ceremony for the finalists in their Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition at their Human Rights Action Centre in London, as part of the Amnesty International Media Awards. This event was the culmination of a competition launched at the start of the year - the brief was to produce an article no longer than 500 words highlighting a Human Rights abuse. The competition was judged by a panel of senior figures from Amnesty and journalists from The Guardian newspaper.
Prior to the Amnesty event, the Girls' Division had held an internal competition of which three entries were chosen to go forward to Amnesty for judging. There were three thousand entries overall from UK schools, and Stephanie's entry on human trafficking was chosen first to be in the final ten and then in the final three! This meant that Stephanie, her History teacher Mrs Birch, and her parents, all received an invitation to the ceremony in London.
The morning of the ceremony involved a workshop where Stephanie and the other finalists got a taste of broadcast journalism as they interviewed one of the Amnesty staff, a nerve-racking but exciting opportunity. In the afternoon came the ceremony, a glitzy affair hosted by Ellie Crisell, a BBC news reporter perhaps best known for her work on Newsround. Out of the thousands of entries submitted to the competition, in the end Stephanie was voted runner up in the Sixth Form category - an amazing achievement!
Stephanie said: "I am thrilled to have been chosen as runner up in the competition! I never thought I would do so well. I feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to tell the tragic story of the child slaves of Guinea-Bissau."
Teacher Mrs Birch said: "I am delighted that Stephanie was chosen as runner up for the award of Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year. It is vital that young people have an awareness of modern world issues and this Amnesty International competition has given an excellent opportunity for them to research and write about Human Rights violations around the world. Stephanie chose to highlight the tragedy of children trafficked in Guinea-Bissau, Africa which is an extremely important yet little known issue. I hope that her article will help to raise awareness of their plight."