Staffordshire University students launch search for journalists of the future

"Our students are keen to hear from any schools wanting to take part. I'm excited to see the variety of different entries we get sent in and the talents that lie across our region."

Jackie Gregory, Senior Lecturer in Journalism

Staffordshire University students have launched the Staffs Future Journalist competition to find the next generation of journalists and showcase the writing talents of young people in Staffordshire, Cheshire and the West Midlands.

School children from ages 7 to 18 can write up a review, opinion piece or interview for the chance to win a day in the University's state of the art broadcast newsroom, as well as tailor-made journalism kits to set them on the path to success.

Senior lecturer in Journalism Jackie Gregory officially launched the search in the newsroom, alongside key members of the student-run competition team.

She said: “I'm delighted that our journalism students are running the competition and going into schools to give young people advice on how to write their entries.

“The competition is being run by level 6 students from across our broad range of journalism courses. They are aiming to inspire young people to share their passion and interest in journalism.

“Our students are keen to hear from any schools wanting to take part. I'm excited to see the variety of different entries we get sent in and the talents that lie across our region.”

StaffsLive, the University's student run news website, is the key sponsor for the competition which is being run by third year journalism students at the University.

The competition will be judged by media industry professionals and some of the University's top lecturers who will select the best entries.

A celebrity guest will attend the awards ceremony on March 17th at Staffordshire University, where the winners will be presented with prizes.

The competition closes on January 27th 2017. For more information about the competition, or to submit entries, visit http://blogs.staffs.ac.uk/futurejournalist/