Still time to enter NCTJ Stars of the Future competition

There is still time to enter the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ competition to find journalism’s ‘Stars of the Future’.

The competition, which is running in partnership with regional newspapers all over the UK as part of the NCTJ’s 60th anniversary celebrations, is open for entries until Friday 27 May 2011. It is open to anyone between 16 and 18 years old looking to get their work into print.

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 It must be original, unpublished work and include at least one direct quote as the result of an interview.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 £250 cash prize courtesy of the NCTJ and Society of Editors 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.

More information on the competition is available on our website.