On 21 May 2018, the second annual London Voices Journalism Competition (http://www.londonlc.org.uk/london-voices/) closes for entries. Entry to the competition is free, and entries can be written, audio or video. The competition is an opportunity for Londoners to join last year's winners and talk about something they are passionate about - whether this is a cause, a local issue, or a London response to something bigger - or even to break the next big national story.
We want Londoners to tell stories as diverse and distinctive as the city itself. The competition challenges everyone who has ever wanted to tell a story but didn’t know how, to get involved and have a go.
Entries can be from anyone over the age of 14 who lives, works or studies in London. No experience is required, just an enthusiasm for telling a story.
The competition is offers some great work experience to winners to help them learn more about the power of journalism, and how it really works. For anyone wanting to find out what it's all about, or get a start by working with real newsrooms, radio shows and journalists, the competition offers a fantastic opportunity.
National stories often start with local voices, and it is vital that Londoners keep getting their voices heard. Those impacted by Brexit. The Windrush children. Students suffering from high fees. Those on zero hours contracts. All of these stories affect Londoners, and only became national once individuals began raising their voices and sharing their stories.
Last year’s winner Louisa (who wrote a story on the personal impact of Brexit on Londoners) said, "I wanted to develop my skills and tell a story that really mattered. It opened a lot of doors for me, and it really helps to have my name out there now. Winning the competition looks very good on my CV, which is important as the industry is very competitive".
Stephen Jeffery, CEO of key sponsor London Learning Consortium said, “This is a real opportunity for anyone who lives or works in London to get involved in citizen journalism. The more we can encourage local people to take part, the better chance we have of reporting events and issues in a fair and balanced way.”
Competition manager Amanda Pavon-Lopez said, “It’s really important for all Londoners to feel they can both comment on and create the news stories of the future. This competition inspires those who’ve perhaps not contributed before to get involved and get their voice heard. Many big stories start with a personal experience, and this is a chance for Londoners to really make a difference”
The London Voices competition is in its second year, and has sponsorship from:
London Learning Consortium is a training provider based in Croydon but operating across London and the UK http://www.londonlc.org.uk/
London South Bank University Department of Journalism http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/
YNUKtv – a community news broadcaster http://ynuk.tv/
Journo Resources – a journalism resource website http://www.journoresources.org.uk/
Update News – an online news organisation for young people https://www.updatenews.co.uk/
Panda Radio - a digital radio station http://pandaradio.co.uk/
The competition is free to enter
The deadline is 21 May 2018