Young writers to grab the headlines with competition hosted by Staffordshire University

“The awards provides a fantastic partnership between schools, the university and industry while encouraging students and pupils’ to be aware and take interest in their wider community."

Jackie Gregory, senior lecturer in journalism at Staffordshire University

Budding young writers with a nose for news will have the opportunity to grab the headlines with journalism competition.

In a joint venture between Staffordshire University and The Sentinel newspaper, The Young Journalist Awards celebrates the writing and news-gathering skills of students and pupils in the region.

Jackie Gregory, senior lecturer in journalism at Staffordshire University and who started the competition, said: “The awards provides a fantastic partnership between schools, the university and industry while encouraging students and pupils’ to be aware and take interest in their wider community.

“We have received a high standard of stories which have covered a variety of news and events from a campaign to save green land to a big hole forming in a school dining room to racism and sports.”

The competition is open to primary school, secondary school and sixth-form students with shortlisted entrants invited to a special awards ceremony hosted by Staffordshire University in May where they will receive a tour of the broadcast newsroom.

Sentinel editor Mike Sassi said: "We're looking for young people to research and write an intelligent piece of journalism which might be worthy of publication in The Sentinel.

"The article can be short or long. It could be based on something they heard at the bus stop – or even on an incident which became a life-changing experience. Whatever the case, it must be an interesting story.

"Last year we received a number of tremendous articles and features.”

Entries which will be featured in The Sentinel between now and the closing date of April 18 should be no more than 400 words and based on original stories from their community.

Winners of each category will each receive a Netbook, a framed photo certificate and have their story or picture published.  

Last year’s winner Joshua Heath, aged 10, from Langdale Primary School in Clayton, said: "I won the last competition and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had and if possible I hope to win again."

Send your entry including name, age, address, school or college, and daytime and evening telephone numbers to: Young Journalist Awards, Newsdesk, The Sentinel, Sentinel House, Forge Lane Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5SS.

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