Future News Worldwide Conference

Deadline: 28 February 2018
Open to: students 18-25 years old
Venue: Edinburgh, on 5 – 6 July 2018


Are you the future of journalism?

Future News Worldwide is a partnership programme between the British Council and some of the world’s leading media organisations which identifies, trains and connects the next generation of global journalists.

They are looking for 100 of the world’s most talentedmotivated and passionate student journalists to attend an intensive media training programme in the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, on 5 – 6 July 2018.

You’ll receive exclusive coaching from the world’s leading editors, broadcasters, writers and reporters, and see how publishers around the world are using technology to find stories and bring them to life like never before.


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. The Competition is open to individuals of any nationality who meet all the criteria 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).

Applicants based in Thailand

The application process is different for students based in Thailand. Please contact Pichit.Phromkade@britishcouncil.or.th and visit www.facebook.com/FutureJournalistAward.FJA  for information on how to apply.

How to enter?

The Competition will be promoted through the Future News Worldwide website
To enter participants must access the application link at www.britishcouncil.org/future-newsworldwide/apply
and then follow these steps:
-Accept these Competition Rules by ticking the “I have read and understood the Competition;
-Rules and agree to the Terms and Conditions” box;
-Answer the contact and eligibility questions;
-Answer the 2 Application Questions;
-Submit the application form.
Participants are responsible for ensuring they complete the form fully and correctly. Once submitted, there is no option to change or edit the entry.
Winners will be required to provide evidence of eligibility (identity, age, student status and English language ability).

Read the full document: Terms and Conditions and Competition Rules on this link.


The prize consists of a place at the Future News Worldwide 2018 conference, and inclusion in the Future News Worldwide alumni network.
-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)
-Catering on the following basis:
Conference days: all meals
7 July – Breakfast only (tourism day)
8 July – No catering
Winners must be available to travel to and from the UK on any date between 2 – 8 July 2018. Travel and accommodation will be booked by an appointed British Council contact who will determine the date, time and method of transport and the number of nights’ accommodation required. The British Council will endeavour to take winners preferred travel options into consideration but makes no guarantees regarding this.
Winning participants must attend all days of the Conference and partake in all programmed activities unless by prior agreement with the British Council.
The conference schedule includes one day which has been set aside for tourism purposes (8 July).
No activities are planned on this day. If winning participants do not wish to use this day for tourism
purposes they may request to travel home on this date instead.
No cash or spending money will be made available to winning participants.

How to apply?

The application process is online.

For more information please visit the official website.