Nationwide journalism competition seeks out new stars

The National Council for the Training of Journalists is running a competition to find journalism’s ‘Stars of the Future’ in partnership with regional newspapers all over the UK.

The competition, which is part of the NCTJ’s 60th anniversary celebrations, kicks off on Monday, 18 April and is open to anyone between 16 and 18 years old looking to get their work into print. As well as being published, one person will also win £250 courtesy of the NCTJ and the Society of Editors.

To enter, people should submit a 200 word news story to their local newspaper for judging. Entrants should write articles about events or issues in their local community, school or college, or their family. It must be original, unpublished work and include at least one direct quote as the result of an interview.

Each winner will have their story printed in the paper along with a feature about themselves, as well as receiving an award certificate and being featured on the NCTJ website.

A single winner from all the regional successes will then be selected by members of the NCTJ board and the winning student will be awarded a cash prize plus a week of work experience and support with journalism careers advice. They will also have a special feature on the NCTJ website and in their regional paper.

Any further newspapers wishing to take part in the competition should contact Emma Hart at The NCTJ on 01799 544944 or emma.hart@nctj.com

More information is available at www.nctj.com/starsofthefuture