Tuesday 03 January 2017

Scottish Parliament will host the third international youth journalism conference

The British Council has issued a global call for the next generation of journalists to apply for a place at Future News Worldwide 2017, the international conference for youth journalism.

Supported by some of the world’s leading media organisations, including Reuters, Facebook and Google News Lab, the 2017 conference will take place in the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, on 6 and 7 July. Attendance at the conference is fully funded for all successful applicants, including travel to and from Edinburgh.

Now in its third year, Future News Worldwide 2017 will bring together 100 student journalists from across the globe for an intensive two-day journalism and media programme in Scotland’s capital, 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. 

Jackie Killeen, Country Director of the British Council inScotland, said: “This is an exceptional opportunity 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”.

Future News Worldwide 2017 is a partnership programme between the British Council and some of the world’s leading media organisations: Reuters, CNN, BBC, Facebook, Google News Lab, The Economist, The Herald and Times, STV, as well as the Scottish Parliament and the UK Schools of Journalism.

The programme is open to undergraduate students aged 18-25 who are passionate about journalism in any form.
Application is via the website www.britishcouncil.org/future-news-worldwide and closes on 28 February 2017.

“Future News Worldwidetaught me that you don't 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” said Tiyamike Chirwa, Malawi, Future News Worldwide alumna. “It’s about broadening your knowledge, sharpening your skills and making connections with other young journalists from around the world”

For more information visit the website or contact FutureNewsWorldwide@britishcouncil.org.

Notes to Editor

For more information, contact sarah.gorman@britishcouncil.org

About Future News Worldwide

Future News Worldwide aims to assist 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. 

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. Using the UK’s cultural resources we make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.

Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. The majority of our income is raised delivering a range of projects and contracts in English teaching and examinations, education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. Eighteen per cent of our funding is received from the UK government.