Applications are now open for Future News Worldwide 2021, a prestigious international online conference run by the British Council in partnership with some of the world's leading media organisations. The application process will close on June 8, whereas the event will occur virtually on July 14 and July 15.
Under the theme 'Climate, COVID-19 and the rise of disinformation: how journalism can best serve a world in crisis,' the conference will offer a rich and packed programme for the next generation of newsmakers and content creators. There are 100 places available for the brightest young student bloggers, vloggers, photojournalists, and reporters from across the globe to take part in it.
The opportunity is available to undergraduate and postgraduate students from any country who are between 18-25 years old as of July 1, 2021. Applicants should be able to speak English at an advanced level and need to demonstrate a passion for following a career in journalism.
Besides learning from leading reporters and broadcasters, attendees will also get to experience a breaking health story in a high-intensity news-room simulation created by First Draft, designed to provoke real-time reporting decisions to combat the spread of misinformation. All the online applications will be assessed by an independent adjudicator and judges appointed by the British Council. They will select the delegates based on their responses and will be notified within 30 days following the closing date.
Last year's online event saw some of the most experienced and respected international editors, broadcasters, and reporters share their knowledge and insights with delegates from 50 countries. Past conference speakers have included Maria Ressa, CEO, Rappler Media; Jon Snow, Journalist, Channel Four; Christina Lamb, Chief Foreign Correspondent, The Sunday Times; Nick Tattersall, Head of Global News Desk, Thomson Reuters; and Sreenivasan Jain, Managing Editor, New Delhi Television.
Follow the link to find out more about the programme: www.britishcouncil.org/future-news-worldwide