ICRC Young Reporter Competition

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is launching a global “young reporter” competition, aimed at enabling people between the ages of 18 and 25 to better understand how violence affects young lives and share their views on armed conflict with others. 

Each of the four winners of the competition will be invited to travel to a country that has been affected by armed conflict – Georgia, Lebanon, Liberia or the Philippines – where they will be able to talk with other young people who have lived through fighting or suffered its consequences.

This is a golden opportunity for some talented young adults to discover a new culture, challenge their perceptions, exchange views on important topics and give a voice to other youths. It’s also a chance to stand up and say, in their own words, what needs to change. 

To be eligible, applicants must have strong communication skills. They should be interested in youth issues, have a desire to do something that will have an effect on people’s lives, and have done voluntary work related to social or humanitarian services. Aspiring young reporters must submit an article, photo essay or short video on a humanitarian challenge of their choice. Entries will be judged on the basis of editorial quality, originality and relevance. Candidates must be between the ages of 18 and 25. The deadline for submissions is 1 October 2010

For full details visit the site at http://www.icrc.org/eng/competition

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library (from a Youthgas post)

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