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Future News Worldwide Conference 2018 (Fully funded)

Deadline: February 28, 2018

Future News Worldwide is a unique partnership programme between the British Council and some of the world's leading media organisations. It 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.

Underlying this, the programme will help build strong and lasting connections to the next generation of media leaders across the globe.


The programme centres around a 2-day conference which takes place annually at the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh. With English as the working language, the conference offers aspiring young journalists from across the globe the opportunity to develop practical and editorial skills and hear directly from some of the world’s most high-profile industry leaders.The 2018 conference will be held on 5 and 6 July 2018.

Post-conference, a year-round global alumni network will support attendees to engage with one another, implement their learning and continue their professional development.


If you're a student who's passionate about journalism then we want to hear from you! Whether you're a writer, blogger, vlogger, photographer, radio journalist or work in any other kind of media you can apply for a place at Future News Worldwide 2018 as long as you meet the eligibility requirements below.

To apply for a place at Future News Worldwide 2018 you must be:

  • Aged 18-25 on 1 July 2018

  • A registered student, enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate course (of any subject) at a university or higher education institution

  • A native speaker of English OR be able to speak English at IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent (a formal qualification is not required, just the ability to speak at this level)

  • Not have participated in a previous iteration of Future News Worldwide or Future NEWS

  • Dedicated to a career in journalism, in any form

  • Available to travel to and from the UK on any date between 2 – 8 July 2018

PLEASE NOTE: if you are shortlisted for a place at the conference you will be required to provide evidence of eligibility (identity, age, student status and English language ability).

Attendance at the conference is fully funded for successful applicants. This includes the following:

  • Travel to and from local airport to Edinburgh for the dates of the conference

  • The cost of one Standard Service visa application (if required)

  • Accommodation

  • Catering on conference days

  • All other related conference costs

No cash or spending money will be provided. See the Competition Terms and Conditions at the bottom of the page for more information.

Applicants based in Thailand

The application process is different for students based in Thailand. Please contact [email protected] for information on how to apply.

Application questions

You can apply to attend the conference by completing the online application form. The form is composed of contact details and eligibility questions, followed by two questions designed to test your journalistic skills and interests. You can read these two questions below and prepare your answers before starting the online application.

We recognise that quality journalism comes in many forms, and we encourage you to use multimedia in your responses to these questions. If you wish to give your answer as a written article you should use the space provided. If you wish to respond in multimedia format (such as video or podcast) please upload your file to a hosting site (e.g Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud) and provide a link in this space.

All answers will be judged equally regardless of format.

Please note it is not possible to save your work whilst completing the form, so we recommend composing your answers to these questions offline then copy and pasting into the form.

Question 1

Please provide a personal statement on your motivation for applying for a place at Future News Worldwide 2018.

You should refer to the following in your answer:

  • Why you want to attend Future News Worldwide 2018

  • How you think you will benefit from Future News Worldwide 2018

  • How you will use this experience once you return home

  • Why you are passionate about journalism

  • Your personal/professional activities, interests, skills and experience

Word limit: 300 words

If you choose to respond in video format the limit is 2 minutes

Question 2

Please provide a reportage on a subject of your choice about your home country or country of residence.

A reportage is a factual, journalistic article. It should be clear that the topic you are discussing is well-researched, based on verifiable facts, and understandable to the reader even if they have no background knowledge of the subject. It can reflect a point of view but should not be an opinion piece.

You may use a reportage which has been published previously as long as it is all your own work (i.e. not a group project) and meets the competition terms and conditions.

The topic may be

  • Political

  • Environmental

  • Technological

  • Social

Please specify in your response which of these topics you are addressing.

Word limit: 500 words

If you choose to respond in video format the limit is 3 minutes

Application form

Applications close: 23:59 (GMT) 28 February 2018.

All answers must be submitted via the online application form. If you experience any technical difficulties please contact us: [email protected].

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