What is Future News Worldwide?

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.

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

See our FAQ's below for more information.

Who can apply?

The programme is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students aged 18-25 studying any degree subject (i.e. not just Journalism or Media Studies) who are committed to a career in journalism. Applicants can come from any region of the world and must speak English at IELTS 6.5 or above.

When do applications open?

Applications for each conference typically open in December and close in April. Information will be posted on this website, or you can follow us on Twitter to receive alerts @BCScotland

How will delegates be selected?

Applicants must complete an online form designed to test their passion, enthusiasm and journalistic skills. The form has been designed to allow everyone to respond in their preferred media format; written, video, audio or still image.

Applications will be assessed by representatives from the Future News Worldwide partnership and successful delegates will be awarded a place at the conference.

Is there a cost to attend the conference?

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.

Who are the media partners?

Please see the Our partners page for information on the organisations supporting the programme.

What is the format of the conference?

The conference will be a mixture of talks, interactive panel sessions, workshops, and hands-on experiences. See the 2017 Highlights page for a taster of what to expect.

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