Media release: Young people can tell the world their stories with BBC Young Reporter


AS part of BBC Young Reporter, the BBC is launching a competition for 11-18 year-olds to win the chance to tell the world their stories.

The competition is supported by a star-studded line-up including Huw Edwards, Alex Jones, Tina Daheley, Ricky Boleto and Steph McGovern, and aims to give young people a voice.

The most compelling entries will be aired across the BBC, including the likes of Newsbeat, BBC News at Six, The One Show, BBC Local Radio, BBC Three, and of course across the world on BBC News Online.

The new BBC Young Reporter initiative is a year-round project, which builds on the success of BBC School Report over the past 12 years.

Young people will be given the opportunity to tell the stories that matter to them, gain the skills to navigate both the media industry and news landscape, as well as exposure to the range of careers in media.

Tony Hall, BBC director-general, said: “I’m delighted to be launching BBC Young Reporter in order to find fresh, new perspectives from young people across the UK. BBC Young Reporter is about tapping into what really matters to young people. Our younger audiences will be empowered to tell their stories, their way, whilst developing their journalism and media skills.  We hope it will inspire UK-based talent from diverse backgrounds to come into the media industry.”

The inaugural BBC Young Reporter Competition is looking for powerful stories that haven’t been told before which fall under the themes of ‘My Life’ or ‘My World’.

This can be anything about their life, their family, their friends or their communities. BBC Young Reporter wants to hear about the issues that young people are facing and give them the tools to tell their story, with the help of BBC journalists, producers and programme makers.

The winners of the BBC Young Reporter competition will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 6th March 2019. Winners will also be invited to a unique behind the scenes BBC experience day.

To enter, go to – where you’ll also find all the terms and conditions and privacy notice – before the closing date of January 6th 2019. Entries can also be submitted in Welsh. To keep up to date with BBC Young Reporter, follow us on Twitter @BBCYoungReport.


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Notes for editors:

BBC Young Reporter works with schools, colleges and youth organisations across the country to enable young people, aged 11 to 18, to tell the stories that matter to them, as well as gain the critical thinking skills necessary to navigate the media industry and news landscape.

Through being part of BBC Young Reporter, young people will also have exclusive access to career talks and access routes into journalism, professional media mentors, best-in-class training and resources, as well as BBC events.

The BBC Young Reporter competition will have two age categories; 11-15 years-old and 16-18 years-old.

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