Wannabe writer narrowly misses reporting win

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A SCHOOLGIRL narrowly missed the chance to be named Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year.

Ellie Daghlian, 15, was up against almost 1,000 others in the nationwide writing competition by Amnesty International.

She got to the final three with a fictional story about 11-year-old child labourer Mantheesh, from Sri Lanka, and her role in making the clothes that many Westerners wear.

But in a London ceremony on Thursday, Ellie lost to winner Jess Elliot, from Hampshire.

The Berkhamsted School pupil still told teachers she had a great time. Experts taught her how to become better at reporting during the event.

School spokesman Catherine Dow said: “It would have been lovely if she had won, but I think she thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”