(Fully Funded) British Council’s Future News Worldwide Conference 2020 in London
Applications close at noon GMT (UK time) on 14 February 2020
Applications are already open for British Council’s Future News Worldwide Conference 2020 in London, UK. The program centres around a two-day conference in London, with English as the working language.
Future News Worldwide is a partnership program between the British Council and some of the world’s leading media organizations. 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. It identifies, trains and connects the next generation of global journalists.
Future News Worldwide 2020 will take place on July 14-15, 2020 at Sky’s global headquarters in London, UK. The conference is free for successful applicants and travel and accommodation costs will be covered. It offers aspiring young journalists opportunities to develop practical and editorial skills and hear directly from some of the world’s most high-profile industry leaders, with a mixture of talks, interactive panel sessions, workshops, and hands-on experiences. After the Future News Worldwide conference 2020, delegates will be part of a year-round global alumni network, helping them to engage with one another, implement their learning and continue their professional development.
At the conference, 100 of the world’s most talented, motivated and passionate student journalists will attend an intensive media training program. They will receive exclusive coaching from world-leading editors, broadcasters, writers, and reporters, and see how publishers around the world are using technology to find stories and bring them to life like never before.
Applications are welcome from anywhere in the world. It is open for students or recent graduates who are passionate about journalism. Whether a writer, blogger, vlogger, photographer, radio journalist or work in any other kind of media applicants can apply for a place at Future News Worldwide 2020 as long as they meet the eligibility requirements. Are you the future of journalism? Apply now!
Successful applicants will receive exclusive coaching from world-leading editors, broadcasters, writers and reporters, and see how publishers around the world are using technology to find stories and bring them to life like never before.
The conference is free for successful applicants and travel and accommodation costs will be covered.
The conference will help develop a wide range of journalism skills.
The conference offers aspiring young journalists opportunities to develop practical and editorial skills.
Delegates will be part of a year-round global alumni network, helping them to engage with one another, implement their learning and continue their professional development.
To apply for a place at Future News Worldwide 2020 applicants must:
Be aged 18-25 on July 1, 2020
Be a registered student, enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate course (of any subject) at a university or higher education institution or have graduated from a degree course after 1 July 2018
Be a native speaker of English OR be able to speak English at IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent (a formal qualification is not required, just the ability to speak at this level)
Not have participated in Future News Worldwide or Future News before
Be dedicated to a career in journalism, in any form
Be available to travel to and from the UK on any date between July 11-16, 2020
Please note that, if any applicant is shortlisted for a place at the conference then he/she will be required to provide evidence of eligibility (identity, age, student status and English language ability).
The online application form includes two questions designed to test your journalistic skills and interests. Read these two questions below and prepare your answers before starting the online application.
It is not possible to save your work whilst completing the form, so we recommend you compose your answers to these questions offline, then copy and paste them into the form.
They recognise that quality journalism comes in many formats, and they encourage you to use multimedia in your responses to these questions. If you wish to give your answer as a written article you should use the space provided. If you wish to respond in multimedia format (such as video or podcast) please upload your file to a hosting site (e.g Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud) and provide a link in this space.
All answers will be judged equally regardless of format.
Q1. Please provide a personal statement telling us about your journalism experience and your motivation for applying to Future News Worldwide 2020.
You should refer to the following in your answer:
The type of journalism you do, and why you are passionate about it
Any experience you have which was not done as part of a university course
Projects you are currently working on
What you think you need to do or learn to improve your journalism
Limit; 300 words, or 2 minutes (video/audio)
Q.2. Please provide a reportage on the subject of your choice about your home country or country of residence.
A reportage is a factual, journalistic article. It should be clear that the topic you are discussing is well-researched, based on verifiable facts, and understandable to the reader even if they have no background knowledge of the subject. It can reflect a point of view but should not be an opinion piece.
You may use a reportage which has been published previously as long as it is all your own work (i.e. not a group project) and meets the competition terms and conditions.
The topic may be
Please specify in your response which of these topics you are addressing.
Limit: 500 words, or three minutes video/audio.
Before starting your application, have the following documents to hand:
Professional reference from your editor, manager, teacher or past employer
English language qualification certificate (if you have one).
Applications close at noon GMT (UK time) on 14 February 2020