Deadline looms in bid to find Staffordshire’s Future Journalist


The deadline is fast approaching for a Staffordshire University competition to reveal the next bright star in journalism.

The yearly Staffordshire Future Journalist competition was launched in November by a team of Staffordshire University’s PR and Journalism students.

The purpose of the competition is to inspire young talent by running workshops in Primary Schools, High Schools and Sixth Forms.

A very limited number of workshops are still available before the competition comes to a close on February 16.

The competition is open to children and young people, as long as they are between the ages of 7 and 18.

The competition has four categories, based on year groups, to fit their writing skills. Those entering the awards can choose to write about culture, sport or news.

Workshop leader Warren Holmes said: “It’s not compulsory for schools to take part in the workshops but we’d urge schools to take us up on our offer, so we can talk to them about the competition and journalism as a career.

“We can help encourage students to write about their favourite place to visit in their hometown, or their favourite sport or hobby, while the older students will be required to write a review on a cultural or sporting event they’ve attended, or a news story on something that’s important to them.”

A prestigious judging panel filled with top local journalists and Councillor Abi Brown, who led on Stoke-on-Trent’s City of Culture bid, will help to identify the region’s fantastic future journalists.

Jackie Gregory, senior lecturer at Staffordshire University and founder of the Young Journalist Awards said: “This competition is great because it gives younger students an experience of journalism.

“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 winners and runners up will be invited to an awards ceremony on Friday 16th March at the University.

Winners in each category will take part in a exclusive VIP Newsday Experience at Staffordshire University filled with activities and an insight into the journalism industry.

To enter the competition, students must submit their stories via the Staffordshire Future Journalist website by February 16 2018.

Schools interested in a workshop should email [email protected]


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