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Drive to Write the Developing World

05/05/2011

Plan UK is scouring the nation for up and coming journalists, capable of shedding light on some of the biggest challenges facing the developing world today.

Guardian International Journalism CompetitionThe children’s charity has signed-up as partner to the Guardian International Development Journalism Competition.

A panel of expert judges is asking professional and amateur reporters to write a gripping feature on one of 16 themes.

Each topic is sponsored by an international development organisation and winning entries will feature in a supplement for the national newspaper.

One of Plan UK’s themes is child marriage, with 75 per cent of girls in the world’s poorest countries forced or pressured to wed before their eighteenth birthday, 1 in 7 by the age of 15.

Plan is also inviting submissions that analyse the relationships between youth unemployment and development.

The deadline for entries is Monday 13th June.

Shortlisted finalists in the professional and aspiring journalist categories will have the opportunity to travel to Africa or Asia to prepare first-hand reports.

Two of the finalists will visit Plan projects while they are overseas.

The sixteen best writers (eight amateur, eight professional) will have their articles printed in special supplements of the Guardian and will be featured on the newspaper’s website.

The competition was created by family planning charity Marie Stopes International and the Guardian Newspaper in 2008.

For the first time, the annual contest will this year be sponsored by Barclays – alongside regular sponsor Glaxo Smith Kline.

For more details on how to enter the competition, please visit www.guardian.co.uk/journalismcompetition

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