Future Journalist Awards Officially Launched

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Staffordshire University’s annual Future Journalist Awards has launched this year in partnership with StaffsLive.

The award aims to discover the next generation of journalists and vloggers.

Young people between the ages of seven and 18 are asked to submit written, audio and video entires to be in with a chance of winning.

Matthew Brindley-Sadler, Associate Dean for the School of Computing and Digital Technologies at Staffordshire University, said: “The main aim of the Future Journalist Awards is to champion local talent.

“We would encourage anyone with a passion for writing, blogging and vlogging, content creation, or an interest in creating videos or podcasts to enter.”

Finalists from five categories will be invited to a special award ceremony that takes place on Friday 20 March, 2020.

The winner of each category will receive a £50 Amazon voucher and will be invited to take part in a Newsday Experience at the Staffordshire University Broadcast Newsroom.

Students from John Wheeldon Primary Academy, in Stafford, have participated in the competition for the last few years.

Jess Robertson, Assistant Principal of the academy, said: “The Future Journalist Awards is an event our school looks forward to each year.

“For our children, it’s so worthwhile in terms of raising aspirations, offering meaningful writing opportunities and providing them with a wider audience for their writing.

“The workshops are always of a high-quality and provide pupils with an insight into a career in journalism.”

The deadline for the competition is Friday 7 February, 2020 and full details on how to enter can be found on the competition website:

 www.blogs.staffs.ac.uk/futurejournalist

To find out more about the awards, check out the video below:

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