SPA Launches New Human Rights Journalism Training Scheme and Awards For Student Journalists

SPA Launches New Human Rights Journalism Training Scheme and Awards For Student Journalists

SPA Launches New Human Rights Journalism Training Scheme and Awards For Student Journalists

Do you work for a student-run publication in the UK, want free training on how to report on human rights issues, and the chance to win a prestigious new national award? Well, we’ve got news you’ll like!

The Student Publication Association is delighted to announce the launch of its new human rights journalism training scheme and awards, in conjunction with RightsInfo, a national human rights charity.

We’re offering up to ten publications across the United Kingdom the chance to gain free access to their specialist resources, a one-to-one contact in the newsroom, and the chance to amplify their stories on RightsInfo’s platform.

We’re also announcing two new awards at the Student Publication Association National Conference next Easter, where any student writer can apply to be named ‘Best Human Rights Journalist’ or scoop up ‘Best Human Rights Story’.

More details on the awards will be released in 2019, but if you’re looking to get involved with the training scheme, applications are open until November 4.

You’ll Be A Bit Like This… ✨

We’re searching for student publications across the UK who are keen to expand their reporting on human rights issues. We’re looking for:

  • A student-run or student-led publication which is based in the United Kingdom. Anywhere is great – we’re looking for a wide geographical range
  • You’ll produce regular, high-quality content for a student audience, probably in print or online
  • An active presence on both on campus and on social media (if you know us, you’ll know we love a bit of Twitter)
  • A desire to cover local and student human rights issues in an informative, politically neutral, and constructive way

What We’ll Give You… 🎁

  • Specialist training documents and resources developed by our expert in-house team on how to report human rights in a constructive and accurate way
  • A point of contact the organisation for any human rights reporting queries
  • Regular bulletins of ideas which could be covered from a human rights perspective by a student publication
  • Insight from our own data team as to what performs best and how to improve the reach of your publication
  • Access to a network of other student publications covering human rights, with the view to sharing best practice and ideas
  • The chance to collaborate on national stories with on the ground reporting
  • The opportunity to amplify your best articles through our social media following

What We’ll Need In Return… 🔥

  • Regular contact with the RightsInfo team and other members of the scheme, sharing any links to human rights content published
  • Provide details of the reach of human rights articles published on social and the web
  • Flagging any potential national stories to the RightsInfo team
  • Make an active commitment to covering human rights issues in their publication

Sound like you? Apply here by November 4

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