Staffordshire Future Journalist competition launched for local youngsters


The Staffordshire Future Journalist competition has been opened to schools and colleges across Staffordshire.

Councillor Abi Brown, Chairman of the City of Culture bid, visited Staffordshire University’s Journalism department to launch the annual writing competition.

Speaking in the StaffsLive newsroom, councillor Brown said: “This is a fantastic competition that Staffordshire university host every year to engage young people across the city, and across the wider Staffordshire area, in developing their writing skills.

“This year, it’s great that one of the topics included is the City of Culture competition; obviously Stoke-on-Trent are one of the five cities shortlisted to win the title and this is a fantastic opportunity for young people to not only take part in the competition but to use the enthusiasm generated by the competition as a subject for the piece they choose to write about. “

It is organised each year by the university’s PR team and aims to discover the best future journalists in and around Staffordshire.

Senior Lecturer of Journalism Jackie Gregory said: “The annual Staffordshire Future Journalist competition provides enthusiastic young writers with an insight into journalism, and we’re hopeful it will inspire them to consider it as a career option.”

The competition is split into four categories, school years 3-6, 7-9, 10-11 and 12-13.

The winner from each category will be able to attend a Newsday Experience in the Staffordshire University Broadcast Newsroom.

Both winners and runners-up will also be invited to our special Staffordshire Future Journalist Awards Event, taking place in March 2018.

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