Deadline looms in bid to find Staffordshire Future Journalist

The deadline is fast approaching for a Staffordshire University competition to reveal the writing talent of the future.

The annual Staffordshire Future Journalist competition was launched in November by a team of Staffordshire University’s PR and journalism students.

The students are keen to inspire young talent by running workshops in schools, a limited number of workshop sessions are still available before the competition closes on February 16.

Workshop leader Warren Holmes said:

“It’s not compulsory for schools to take part in the workshops but we’d urge schools to take us up on our offer, so we can talk to them about the competition and journalism as a career.

“We can help encourage students to write about their favourite place to visit in their hometown, or their favourite sport or hobby, while the older students will be required to write a review on a cultural or sporting event they’ve attended, or a news story on something that’s important to them.”

The competition is open to children and young people aged between 7 and 18, and has four categories based on year groups. Those entering the awards can choose to write about culture, sport or news.

A prestigious judging panel made up of top local journalists and Councillor Abi Brown who led on Stoke-on-Trent’s City of Culture will help to identify the region’s future journalists.

“This competition is great because it gives younger students an experience of journalism,” explained Jackie Gregory, senior lecturer at Staffordshire University and founder of the Young Journalist Awards.

“The annual Staffordshire Future Journalist competition provides enthusiastic young writers with an insight into journalism, and we’re hopeful it will inspire them to consider it as a career option,” added Jackie.

The winners and runners up will be invited to an awards ceremony Friday 16th March. Winners in each category will take part in a VIP Newsday Experience at Staffordshire University.

To enter the competition, students must submit their stories via the Staffordshire Future Journalist website by February 16th, 2018.

Schools interested in a workshop should email