A Year 9 student at a Northwood School has won a top prize at the Global Young Journalist Awards.
Maryam, a pupil at St Helen’s School, was awarded the title of Campaigning Journalist of the Year for an article she wrote on period poverty in the UK, the issue of young women being unable to afford menstrual products.
Organised by daily online newspaper for school students The Day, the awards ceremony aims to inspire future generations of journalists by encouraging young people to get involved.
This year’s judging panel included top US TV comedian Tina Fey, Guardian columnist Afua Hirsch, the BBC’s gender and identity correspondent Megha Mohan and Financial Times data journalism developer Ændra Rininsland.
The judges chose Maryam’s entry out of 500 that were put forward, with them stating she did a fantastic job at articulating the issue in a way that was clear, concise and compelling.
The article was also noted by the panel for its powerfulness, providing a nuanced outlook on the issue based on evidence and analysis, also highlighting the work communities have undertaken to tackle the challenge.
Tina Fey said: “There has never been a more important time to get young people involved in truth-seeking. It is vital for our future that the journalists investigate without fear or favour and this competition is an excellent way of inspiring children to get involved.”
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