I am pleased to see that the News Academy is running two free summer-time activities for budding young journalists to get a flavour of the profession and hone their skills.
The News Academy Summer School is a free week-long journalism training programme for students aged 16 to 18 from across the UK and Ireland. Based at the London headquarters of The Times, Sunday Times, and The Sun, 15 students will get the opportunity to write, edit, and publish their own newspaper, with the help of some top journalists. Accommodation, travel, and food in London are included for the duration of the Summer School.
Students can apply on the News Academy website with the submission of an essay of up to 500 words on something they are passionate about. Applications close at midnight on 19th July.
Secondly, the Great British Sound Off is a programme for 18 to 24 year olds for which the News Academy has teamed up with The Sun newspaper to run a competition seeking out promising young columnists. Five 18 to 24 year-old finalists will see their column appear in The Sun Newspaper.
To apply, entrants need to write about why they deserve to win and submit 200 words on something they feel passionate about at thesun.co.uk/gbso
Both of these are excellent opportunities, and I urge all aspiring journalists in North East Hertfordshire to apply.