School students and teachers

Encouraging young people from diverse backgrounds to consider a career in journalism begins with school students and their teachers. Several media organisations offer programmes specifically targeted at young people and schools.

BBC Young Reporter competition

The BBC Young Reporter competition allows young people to submit ideas for original and interesting stories, offering an underserved and often unheard age group to get their stories commissioned.

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Financial Times

FT Schools is a site for secondary schools where teachers around the world with students aged 16 to 19 years old can receive free access to FT journalism that can enrich education and help prepare students for successful careers.

The programme has reached more than 4,000 schools and, since its launch in 2017, FT Schools has given 87,000 students free access to the FT’s award-winning journalism. From an initial start in the UK, the programme – which offers free digital access to to students aged 16 to 19, their teachers and schools – has expanded to 126 countries.

The Financial Literacy and Inclusion Campaign (FT FLIC), the FT’s charity, aims to make financial education accessible to everyone by providing free and engaging content to those who need it most: young people, women, and disenfranchised groups including minority ethnic communities and migrants.

FT FLIC has run its content portfolio in a number of settings from traditional PSHE lessons to extra-curricular clubs and residentials. In its first year it ran six pilot workshops in a variety of schools in Manchester, east London, Kent and south Wales. It also delivered in-person training to 552 students. Alongside seminars, FT FLIC hosts more intimate discussions with 10-20 pupils, and in addition its online content has reached over 28,807 young people.

The FT is proud to work with the Social Mobility Foundation to provide work experience and masterclasses in the media industry for 16-17-year-olds as part of their Aspiring Professionals Programme. The students are usually eligible for free school meals and/or first generation to attend university.

The FT is pleased to sponsor The Student View, a media literacy charity teaching secondary school children how to spot misinformation and train as local news reporters.

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Guardian News & Media NewsWise scheme

A free, cross-curricular news literacy project across the UK, delivering workshops in primary schools.

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News UK The Times News Literacy Programme

The Times and The Sunday Times run a News Literacy Programme to help improve media literacy among young people. It is a four-lesson course teaching students to think critically when reading the news.

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Telegraph Media Group Media Literacy Programme

The Telegraph Media Group’s Media Literacy Programme, launched in 2021, gives sixth-form students from schools with diverse intakes the tools and skills to think critically about the news, aiming to inspire them to consider a media career.

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