Future News Worldwide is a partnership programme between the British Council and some of the world's leading media organisations; BBC, Google, Reuters, The Herald, The Quint and the UK schools of journalism. Together we identify, train and connect the next generation of global journalists.
The Future News Worlwide annual summit is a central focus of the programme, and brings together 100 young journalists each July to learn from broadcasters, editors and reporters and meet their peers around the globe.
Territory and eligibility
The Competition is open to individuals of any nationality who meet all the criteria below:
- Aged 18-25 on 1 July 2022.
- 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 2021.
- A native speaker of English OR able to speak English at IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent.
- No previous participation in a Future NEWS or Future News Worldwide event
- Dedicated to a career in journalism in any form.
- Available to attend all three days of the online conference 12, 13, and 14 July 2022 (3 hours per day).
- 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 or otherwise in connection with entering the competition.
The Competition is not open to British Council employees or contractors or 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 rounds to believe that the winner is not eligible.
Future News Worldwide is an online event. Delegates must access the event using a laptop or desktop (mobile or tablet is not supported) and will require internet access for the duration of the event.
Participants are responsible for any costs incurred connecting to the internet and for complying with any terms and conditions of access to or use of the competition website(s).
If the applicant is shortlisted for a place at the online conference, we will ask for evidence of eligibility by submitting Supporting Documents (identity, age, and student or graduate status) and a reference letter. Please see the below guidance on the Supporting Documents. The applicant will have one week to provide the supporting documents to secure your place.
- Age confirmation: A copy of the applicant’s identification, e.g. passport, driving licence
- Student/graduate status: Student ID card OR University enrolment form, showing that applicant is a current student, OR a letter on the institution’s headed paper stating the same OR if the applicant is a graduate, a copy of the graduation certificate showing that they completed a course after 1 July 2021.
- Reference letter: We will require a professional reference which attests to the applicant’s skills and abilities as a journalist. This should be completed by someone who knows the applicant and is familiar with the applicant’s work. This could be: an editor or line manager; teacher or lecturer; past employer. It should NOT be a friend or family member. Where possible, references should be on company headed paper. There is no limit to the length of the reference letter, but we recommend that one A4 page is typically sufficient. References MUST be in English.
English language ability
To fully participate in the event delegates must be native speakers of English or speak the language at IELTS 6.5 or above. A formal qualification is not required; language proficiency will be assessed based on your answer to the Application Questions.
For more information on IELTS levels see https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/teach-ielts/testinformation/ielts-scores-explained.
The prize consists of a place at the Future News Worldwide 2022 digital conference, and inclusion in the Future News Worldwide alumni network.
This includes the following:
- Attendance at the online Future News Worldwide 2022 conference.
- Inclusion in the Future News Worldwide alumni network with over 400 members.
Winning participants must attend all days of the Conference and partake in all programmed activities unless by prior agreement with the British Council. Failure to comply with these terms will result in removal from the FNW alumni network and exclusion from future FNW events.
For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.