BT Sport broadcaster Matt Smith announced as keynote speaker at the Future Journalist Awards 2019

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The Future Journalist Awards have announced that BT Sport broadcaster Matt Smith will be opening the upcoming awards event this year.

The experienced broadcaster has had a successful career in journalism working previously for the BBC and ITV Sport.

He will be speaking to the finalists about his career in journalism at the event which will be held on Friday, March 15 at Stoke-on-Trent Film Theatre.

Matt Smith welcomes the opportunity to be involved in this years competition.

He said: “I wanted to get involved in this year’s awards to offer a little bit of insight from my perspective to those just starting out.

“For someone who is a veteran in the industry, it will also be interesting for me to get an insight into the minds of ‘future journalists’, to understand their thoughts and approach to the media and the way they want to create things through radio, TV, newspapers or podcasts.

“Although I didn’t study journalism, I’ve worked in that field all my life, starting off with print and then in broadcast, and I’ve always been interested in the way the industry has developed, what it involves and how it operates.”

The Staffordshire University led competition was opened to ages 7- 18 in the hopes of inspiring the next generation of journalists.

Those entering were encouraged to use their digital storytelling skills and given the option to write an article, blog, review, or submit a video.

Matthew Sadler, Associate Dean for the School of Computing and Digital Technologies at Staffordshire University, said: “The enthusiasm for the competition has been incredible. Our judges have been very impressed with the skill and capability demonstrated.”

Journalism and PR students responsible for the awards have been delivering workshops in six schools across Staffordshire and Cheshire to promote the competition, receiving over 200 entries.

Sadler added: “It’s been great to see schools get involved that have not previously participated in the competition, including Eaton Park Academy in Stoke-on-Trent, Upton High School in Chester and Seabridge Primary School in Clayton.

“All of the schools involved have shown their commitment to the competition and this has been reflected in the student engagement.

“There is much excitement in the build-up to the awards. It will be a great opportunity to recognise emerging talent and to encourage more young people to consider a career in the industry.”

Those who are successfully shortlisted will attend the awards event where winners will receive a £50 Amazon voucher and a broadcast newsroom experience at Staffordshire University.

For more information about the Future Journalism Awards go to – http://blogs.staffs.ac.uk/futurejournalist/

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