Do you aspire to be a published journalist?
Are you interested in issues facing the developing world?
Do you want to write about such issues that are often neglected in the media?
Then enter the Guardian International Development Journalism Competition 2013.
How to enter
The competition has two strands. One is for professional journalists and the other for amateurs including students. The competition asks you to write a 650-1000 word article about any aspect of global poverty that you think needs more media attention. Write your article and submit it by Sunday 12 May 2013. For more information please see the competition website, Twitter and Facebook pages.
What you can win
At first, entries will be shortlisted to 40 and then the 16 best entries (eight amateur and eight professional) will be published online on the Guardian website. Later the 16 finalists will be flown to Africa orAsia to research a new project. This research will be published in two special Guardian newspaper supplements after the two winners are announced at a special award ceremony.
How this can help your career
A good record of relevant work experience is essential to getting a career in both journalism and international development. As a writer, you will need to provide a portfolio of your written work and a portfolio which includes published work will be very highly regarded. As a development worker, you will need to show your enthusiasm and knowledge of how the sector works and often this involves partnerships with bodies like the media.
Being a part of the research team in a new setting would allow you to enhance useful skills for the workplace like communication, organisation and flexibility to name a few.
Even if you miss out on the final 16 it is a great way to practise your writing skills for either industry or making an entry shows a keen interest in news and current affairs. Plus there are also media opportunities on campus you can get involved in.