The British Council is calling on journalists to apply for a place at Future News Worldwide 2017, the third international youth journalism conference to be hosted by the Scottish Parliament.
The opportunity is open to undergraduate students aged 18 to 25 who are passionate about journalism in any form. Application is via the website www.britishcouncil.org/future-news-worldwide and closes on February 28 2017.
Attendance to the conference, to take place in the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, on July 6 and July 7 2017 and supported by some of the world’s leading media organisations such as Reuters, Facebook and Google News Lab, is fully funded for all successful applicants.
A statement from the British High Commission released yesterday says Future News Worldwide 2017 will bring together 100 student journalists from across the globe for an intensive two-day journalism and media programme where they will have exclusive access to talks and training from some of the world’s most high-profile media figures.
“Alongside a programme of skills workshops, delegates will network with other aspiring and established journalists, building strong and lasting connections to the next generation of media leaders across the globe,” reads part of the statement.
Country director of the British Council in Scotland, Jackie Kileen, described the opening as an exceptional opportunity for journalists to learn directly from leading media figures about the craft of good journalism, and to gain a unique insight into the changing ways news is delivered.
“The global connections made at the conference will be invaluable to the students as they launch and progress their careers in international journalism,” said Kileen.
Tiyamike Chirwa, an alumnus of Future News Worldwide, said the programme taught her that a person does not have to be from a particular part of the world to be a great journalist.
“We can all improve journalism with access to the same knowledge. It’s about broadening your knowledge, sharpening your skills and making connections with other young journalists from around the world,” said Chirwa. n