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British Council Future News Worldwide 2021

Closing Date: Noon GMT on 8 June 2021.

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 organisations.


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.


The conference is being held online and offers aspiring young journalists from across the globe the opportunity to develop practical and editorial skills and hear directly from some of the world’s most high-profile industry leaders.


After the conference, delegates can join a global alumni network, helping them to engage with one another, implement their learning and continue their professional development.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this years Future News Worldwide conference will again be online. 2021's theme is ‘Climate, COVID-19 and the rise of disinformation: how journalism can best serve a world in crisis’.

This is a journalism competition operated by the British Council to select delegates for the Future News Worldwide 2021 online conference, taking place on 14 (afternoon, GMT) and 15 (morning, GMT) July 2021 (the “Conference”). The conference programme will be repeated on both dates.


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

  • Aged 18-25 on 1 July 2021.

  • 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 1 July 2019.

  • A native speaker of English OR able to speak English at IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent.

  • No previous participation in the in-person Future NEWS or Future News Worldwide conference in Edinburgh or London.

  • NB: Those who applied for the 2020 conference should have received a message to their registered email address they used when applying last year.

  • Dedicated to a career in journalism in any form.

  • Available to attend the online conference on either 14 or 15 July 2021.

  • Only one entry per person is allowed.

  • Entry to the Competition is free of charge, although participants are responsible for any costs incurred connecting to the internet.

The Competition is not open to British Council employees or contractors (including members of their immediate families) or anyone else professionally associated with the Competition. We reserve the right not to award the prize or to select an alternative winner if we are aware or have reasonable grounds to believe that the winner is not eligible. Click to Apply and Learn more

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