The British Council Future News Worldwide invites applications for an international summit for the world’s best young media makers in the UK in 2022.

The British Council is looking for 100 of the world’s most talented, motivated, and passionate student journalists to attend an intensive media training programme. You’ll receive exclusive coaching from world-leading editors, broadcasters, writers, and reporters, and see how publishers around the world are using technology to find stories and bring them to life like never before.

Future News Worldwide identifies, trains, and connects the next generation of global journalists. It is a partnership programme between the British Council and some of the world’s leading media organizations. The aim is to support young people to develop a wide range of journalism skills and to establish the UK as a global leader in the nurturing of young journalists and media figures.

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Worth of Award

The prize consists of

  • a place at the Future News Worldwide 2022 digital conference, and
  • inclusion in the Future News Worldwide alumni network which has over 400 members.

Winning participants must, therefore, attend all days of the Conference and partake in all programmed activities unless by prior agreement with the British Council.

Eligibility

The Competition is open to individuals of any nationality who meet all the criteria below:

  • Aged 18-25 on July 1, 2022.
  • A registered undergraduate or postgraduate student (of any subject), enrolled at a university or higher education institution OR a recent graduate who completed their course after July 1, 2021.
  • A native speaker of English OR able to speak English at IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent.
  • No previous participation in a Future NEWS or Future News Worldwide event.
  • Dedicated to a career in journalism in any form.
  • Available to attend all three days of the online conference 12, 13, and 14 July 2022 (3 hours per day).

How to Apply

As part of your application, you will be required to answer two questions:

Question 1:

Provide a personal statement about your journalism experience and your motivation for applying to Future News Worldwide 2022. You must equally provide a written response to this question, to enable FNW assess your English language proficiency.

In answering this question, you should refer to the following:

  • The type of journalism you do, and why you are passionate about it
  • Any experience you have which was not done as part of a university course.
  • Projects you are currently working on.
  • What you think you need to do or learn to improve your journalism.

Limit: 300 words

Question 2:

Provide a reportage on a subject of your choice about your home country or country of residence.

You may provide a written or multimedia response to this question. And if you wish to respond in a multimedia format (such as a gallery of images, video or podcast,) please upload the file to a hosting site (e.g Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud). Then set a password and paste both the link and password in the space marked “Q2. Answer”.

Note that a reportage is a factual, journalistic article. It should be clear that the topic you are discussing is well-researched, based on verifiable facts, and understandable to the reader even if they have no background knowledge of the subject. It can reflect a point of view but should not be an opinion piece.

You may use a reportage which has been published previously as long as it is all your own work (i.e. not a group project) and meets the competition terms and conditions.

The topic may be:

  • Political
  • Environmental
  • Technological
  • Social

Please specify in your response which of these topics you are addressing.

Limit: 500 words, or 3 minutes video/audio.

Deadline: Applications close at 23:59 BST on June 12, 2022.

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