Thursday 01 February 2018


Applications are open for Future News Worldwide 2018, a prestigious international conference for the next generation of journalists.

Run by the British Council in partnership with some of the world's leading media organisations, the event offers 100 fully-funded places to the brightest young student bloggers, vloggers, photojournalists and reporters from across the globe to take part in a two-day event at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh this July.

With contributions from leading media organisations such as CNN, Reuters, Google News Lab, Facebook and UK Schools of Journalism, the conference is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for the next generation of top journalists to hone their skills and make global connections.

Last year’s event saw some of the most experienced and respected international editors, broadcasters and reporters share their knowledge and insights with delegates from 42 countries. Speakers included Mary Hockaday, Controller BBC World Service English; Anne McElvoy, Senior Editor at The Economist; Christina Lamb, Chief Foreign Correspondent at The Sunday Times; and Matt Cooke from Google News Lab. 

Future News Worldwide 2018 will offer an equally rich and packed programme for the next generation of news makers and content creators. Judging by last year’s entries, which saw nearly 2000 applications received, competition for places will be strong.

Future News Worldwide 2017 attendee Kristian Ross, who currently is studying for his Masters in Journalism from Ulster University, is encouraging all budding young journalists from Northern Ireland to apply.

He said: “Future News is an incredible opportunity and it was honestly one of the best things I have ever been fortunate to be part of. I spent an incredible five days in Edinburgh learning from some of the leading names in journalism and met people I now consider lifelong friends.

“The opportunity has definitely helped with my CV as I have had a number of opportunities following the conference - and with only four months left of my Masters - I am hopeful that the links and connections I’ve made through the programme can only enhance my career path.”

The opportunity is available to undergraduate and postgraduate students from any country who will be aged 18-25 years old on July 1 2018. 

Applications can be made by visiting

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2018.


Notes to Editor

Future News Worldwide is a partnership between the British Council and some of the world’s leading media organisations. It aims to assist young people to make global connections and develop a wide range of journalism skills. #FNW18

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government. 

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