Mr Pete Wishart, the Scottish National Party Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire, has highlighted two fantastic opportunities for young people interested in developing a career in journalism.
Speaking today (Thursday) Mr Wishart said:
“The relationship between politicians and journalists may be a bumpy one at times but that doesn’t prevent me from recognising that journalism makes an absolutely essential contribution to a democratic society.
“I am delighted, therefore, to be able to highlight two free opportunities for budding journalists this summer.
“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 their best journalists.
“Accommodation, travel and food in London is included for the duration of the Summer School.
“To apply, potential students need to write about an issue they feel passionate about, Applications are open until 19 July and can be submitted online.
“For 18 to 24 year olds, the News Academy has teamed up with The Sun newspaper to run a competition seeking out the next top young columnist.
“Another competition, going under the name the Great British Sound Off will give five 18 to 24 year-old finalists the opportunity to see their column appear in The Sun Newspaper and also gain a place at the News Academy Summer School. The overall winner of the competition will also have a full-page column appear in The Sun.
“These are great opportunities for any local young people interested in developing a career in the challenging world of journalism.”