Future News 2015 Competition

Do you want to be the next star television interviewer? Do you have your eye on being a big-name columnist or a hot-shot reporter? Does journalism excite you? Aged 18-25? Then have we got news for you!

Enter our competition for a chance to win a fully-funded place at an international conference for aspiring young journalists in the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, Scotlands historic capital City.

The theme of this years conference is the Business of News.

All you have to do is show us your writing skills..

Future NEWS, a three-day event from 4-6 September 2015, will bring together more than 100 young people from across the world who will: 

  • learn key multi-media reporting and editing skills from established and emerging media and journalism professionals
  • network with the best from the world of media and journalism, and with other aspiring journalists
  • report using the Future NEWS multi-media real-time editorial system
  • build up your writing and multi-media portfolio to support your CV.

Your fully-funded place includes accommodation; travel to and from Scotland and subsistence.


Are you 18-25 and an undergraduate in any discipline or aiming for university? 

Are you fluent in spoken and written English?

Are you aiming for a career in journalism or a graduate programme in journalism?

Then you’re eligible to enter the competition.

Enter by writing and submitting an essay or a piece of reportage of no more than 500 words answering the question:

Why should I, from many, many applicants from around the world, win a place at Future NEWS 2015? Why does journalism need me?


All entrants need to be able to commit to a three-day attendance at the full conference and be able to travel to Scotland at Future NEWSs expense.

All entries should be submitted by email to FutureNewsIndia@britishcouncil.org

The subject of the email should state Future NEWS Competition Entry

As part of entries each entrant should state in the email: 

  •  Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Valid passport number:
  • Current educational institution and level and course of study
  • Academic referee with contact details
  • Home Address
  • Contact Telephone Number
  • Email Address 

 Final competition entries should be submitted by Friday 24 July 2015.

Only one submission per applicant will be accepted and late entries will not be considered by judges. Future News is aimed at would-be journalists.


All successful entrants will be informed be email by no later than 3 August 2015.

Future NEWS is delivered in association with the Scottish Government, the British Council and Reuters.