Thursday, 23 December 2010
A journalism student from the University of Worcester was one of just 33 finalists in the European Young Reporters Against Poverty competition.
Third year student Milko Hadzhigenov was selected from 180 entrants in the contest and whisked off to Brussels to join professional journalists covering an event.
The select band, representing 26 countries, were chosen by Clare MacCarthy of the Economist, the contest's UK media partner for the programme.
The finalists attended the European Union's European Development Days held in December, where they received training and were able to report on events.
Milko, aged 21, from Bulgaria, said: “It was just fantastic. It was a very beneficial and enjoyable experience. The reporting opportunity really fired me up for a career in journalism.”
Veteran journalists helping the finalists included Paul Ames, with 20 years experience at Associated Press and well known freelance Gareth Harding.
After some training on how to cover the event the finalists were given another week to submit a final piece with the top prize being a press trip to Africa.
Milko, who is studying a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Media and Cultural Studies, said: “Although I didn’t win this it was a great achievement for me.”
Project Manager of the joint organisers, the European Journalism Centre, Alexandra Lobao, said the students displayed such “high doses of energy and healthy curiosity” and that their “expectations were more than met”.
Claire Wolfe, Subject Leader in Journalism at the University of Worcester, said: “ Milko is a very keen student and we are proud that he has represented us at such a prestigious level. We feel sure he will do well with his chosen career.”