Applications for Future News Worldwide 2020 have now closed.

If you're a student or a recent graduate 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 2020 as long as you meet the eligibility requirements below.

To apply for a place at Future News Worldwide 2020 you must:

  • be aged 18-25 on 1 July 2020
  • be a registered student, enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate course (of any subject) at a university or higher education institution OR have graduated from a degree course after 1 July 2018
  • be 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 Future News Worldwide or Future NEWS before
  • be dedicated to a career in journalism, in any form
  • be available to travel to and from the UK on any date between 11 - 16 July 2020.

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 communications@britishcouncil.or.th and visit www.facebook.com/FutureJournalistAward.FJA for information on how to apply.  

Application questions

The online application form includes two questions designed to test your journalistic skills and interests. Read these two questions below and prepare your answers before starting the online application.

It is not possible to save your work whilst completing the form, so we recommend you compose your answers to these questions offline, then copy and paste them into the form.

We recognise that quality journalism comes in many formats, and we encourage you to use multimedia in your responses to these questions. If you wish to give your answer as a written article you should use the space provided. If you wish to respond in multimedia format (such as video or podcast) please upload your file to a hosting site (e.g Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud) and provide a link in this space.

All answers will be judged equally regardless of format.

Applications for Future News Worldwide 2020 have now closed.

Question 1

Q1. Please provide a personal statement telling us about your journalism experience and your motivation for applying to Future News Worldwide 2020.

You should refer to the following in your answer:

  • The type of journalism you do, and why you are passionate about it
  • Any experience you have which was not done as part of a university course 
  • Projects you are currently working on
  • What you think you need to do or learn to improve your journalism 


Limit; 300 words, or 2 minutes (video/audio)

Question 2

Q.2. Please provide a reportage on a subject of your choice about your home country or country of residence.

A reportage is a factual, journalistic article. It should be clear that the topic you are discussing is well-researched, based on verifiable facts, and understandable to the reader even if they have no background knowledge of the subject. It can reflect a point of view but should not be an opinion piece.

You may use a reportage which has been published previously as long as it is all your own work (i.e. not a group project) and meets the competition terms and conditions.

The topic may be

  • Political
  • Environmental
  • Technological
  • Social

Please specify in your response which of these topics you are addressing.

Limit: 500 words, or three minutes video/audio.

Application form

Applications for Future News Worldwide 2020 closed at noon GMT (UK time) on 14 February 2020


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