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Leicestershire student Katie Davies wins Young Reporters Award in fight against poverty
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Published on 17-01-11

Leicestershire student, Katie Davies has won the European Commission's  Young Reporters Against Poverty Award. The 19 year old, who is currently in her first year of Journalism and Russian at the University of Sheffield, won the award for Best Written Article with "I wish I had AIDS and not Diabetes".

Katie's article which highlights how diabetes is relatively forgotten in terms of development aid, caught the attention of the jury who underlined the 'Fantastic headline," which, "Caught readers' attention and excellent presentation of a problem unknown by many of us."

    Katie Davies

    Katie Davies

    Katie Davies (UK) was selected along with Chiara Zappalà (Italy), Alba Málaga Homs (Spain) as winners of the competition which saw 200 entrants and 33 finalists.

    The winners were chosen last week by a jury composed of journalists and teachers in journalism from across the EU Member States.

    The Young Reporters Against Poverty Competition, the first of its kind to be run by the European Commission, called on students in journalism, communication, development and political science to produce a report on EU and development aid to raise awareness of development issues amongst young people.

    A recent Eurobarometer poll found that 47 percent of 15-24 year olds believe the media devotes too little time to talking about the development of poor countries. The Young Reporters Against Poverty competition was set up to encourage young people to engage in this area and encourage them to go on to report on these topics when they begin their careers as journalists.

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    Stacey Vickers, +32 2 29 94 153  stacey.vickers@ec.europa.eu
    Charlotta Asplund, +32 229 85 480 charlotta.asplund@ec.europa.eu

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