Academic to judge Young Black Minority Ethnic Columnist of the Year competition

Posted by ap507 at May 09, 2014 09:50 AM |
Dr Leah Bassel to head judging panel for citizen journalism charity contest run in association with the Guardian

Dr Leah Bassel (pictured) from the Department of Sociology will head the judging panel for a competition that offers young black writers an opportunity to receive £250 and an interview for a journalistic internship at the Guardian.

Entrants to the Young Black Minority Ethnic Columnist of the Year competition must submit an opinion or editorial piece. It doesn't matter whether it has been published or if it has already appeared on a blog.

The article should be 450-500 words and use at least two sources. It can be illustrated with photographs or a short video clip.

The contest is open to people aged 18-24. No previous journalistic experience or qualification is necessary. The runner-up will win £150 and the third-placed entrant, £100.

The competition is a joint project by the Citizen Journalism Educational Trust (CJET) and The-Latest.Com, the citizen journalism website, along with The Guardian. organised a conference in 2011 that brought together young people from riot-affected areas with journalists, scholars and members of the public.

The resulting report, "Media and the riots – a call for action", was written by Dr Bassel and submitted as evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.

The panel also includes CJET trustee Margaret Busby OBE, Guardian diary writer Hugh Muir, Yasir Mirza, head of diversity and inclusion at The Guardian, and journalist Samia Rahman, deputy director of the Muslim Institute.

Entries must be submitted to by 5pm on Friday 9 May.

  • Contest details can be found here.
  • Roy Greenslade’s blog on the Guardian can be found here.