Leading the next generation of journalists
When Diana Jarvis launched the Young Reporter Scheme in 2008, she had no idea how successful and popular the scheme would become with students from within the Greater London areas. Having worked in journalism for over twenty years, her idea was to create a scheme where students could try their hands working as reporters, in what has become a highly competitive industry.
She said: “I wish the scheme had been available to me when I was a student, as it is a great way of experiencing life in the media, working for a real live news organisation.“
The scheme was started with two pilot schools and a handful of students in South West London and from there it grew. It is open to Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 and students start their ‘writing career’ uploading articles directly onto the Newsquest websites, within specified deadlines and categories.
What is involved?
• Students sign up for eight months writing one article per month
• ALL articles are published on our online newspapers
• The scheme runs from September 2019 through to April 2020
• All those completing the scheme receive a written recommendation
• At the end of the scheme, there is a chance to go forward and compete for prizes
• Winners receive an undergraduate day at a London University
• Top thirty-three students attend a Media Award Ceremony
• One student from each age group becomes the face of 2019/20
• Students doing Duke of Edinburgh can do the scheme as one of their skills
How much does it cost?
There is a £125 administration charge from the school and £25 for each student
Some schools divide the £125 between the number of students doing the scheme but that is at the discretion of the school
All monies received purely cover the running costs of the scheme, supporting students and mentoring sessions