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Terms & Conditions

1. The Young Reporter Scheme Limited operating through Newsquest Media Group, is a student journalism work experience scheme, which runs for eight months from September to April the following year.

2. Schools are required to send in the names, school years and email addresses for the students before 31 October November each year in order for them to enter the scheme.

3. Schools wishing to submit students after the cut-off date for registering, can do so with the permission of the Young Reporter Scheme Limited but on the understanding that the students are prepared to catch up with their peers in order to complete the scheme, within the required timeframes.

4. It is required of schools, that they allow students to use emails other than their school emails if, in the unlikely event that their school email is blocked to the Young Reporter Scheme Limited/Newsquest Media Group. This is to allow the scheme to contact students throughout the scheme for change of deadline dates, opportunities that may be open to them and keep them informed of the competition requirements at the end of the scheme. All emails supplied to us are kept confidential within the Group and no emails are used for any other purpose than the running of the scheme. If students are using personal emails, they MUST be personal to the student and not shared with a family member or friend. To access the Student Hub, the platform where students can chat with each other, the students use their emails and it is imperative that there are no adults able to access this site other than Young Reporter Team staff who are all DBS checked. It is therefore, the responsibility of the school to ensure that any email given to us is unique to the student.

5. All details passed directly to the Young Reporter Scheme Limited are kept confidential inside the organisation and no personal information is ever passed to Newsquest Media Group staff or any outside organisation or person.

6. Once students’ details have been passed to the Young Reporter Scheme Limited/Newsquest Media Group, they will be sent instructions on how to register themselves.

7. Because of the numbers of students doing the scheme each year, we cannot guarantee to read all articles and whilst we make every effort to make sure that articles are suitable to be uploaded onto the Newsquest Media Group of online newspapers, we will not be held responsible for any inaccuracies within these articles and expressly exclude liability for these inaccuracies or error to the fullest extent permitted by law. It is therefore, important that students understand they are responsible for the content of the articles they upload onto the website and they do so at their own risk, for which we will not be liable.

8. Whilst it is accepted that students own the work that they have produced, the Young Reporter Scheme Limited have the right to use these articles for marketing and publishing on the Student Comet Autumn and Spring edition published during the scheme, the Grapevine News, the student online newspaper and the glossy Award brochure published in June.

9. The cost of the scheme is £180 plus V.A.T. administration from the school and £25 plus V.A.T. per student.

10. All invoices are due 14 days after the date of the invoice and the Young Reporter Scheme Limited shall be entitled to charge interest on overdue invoices from the date when payment becomes due, from day to day until the date of payment at a rate of 0.1%. If schools do not pay the invoice by the required date, then the Young Reporter Scheme Limited reserve the right to block students until payment is made. This may have an adverse effect on deadlines, so it is important that the school are aware of this.

11. Once student names have been submitted to the Young Reporter team, schools have a 14 day cooling off period to cancel their participation in the scheme, thereby not being liable for any costs. During this time frame schools can also cancel individual students and not be liable for them either. However, in the event that a student changes their mind during the 14 day period, but has uploaded an article onto one of the Newsquest sites, the school will still be liable for the admin fee plus the student fee. Newsquest Media Group is one of the largest newspaper distributers in the country and it is unreasonable for a student to submit an article and use the link on their social media channels for use with their CV and UCAS application and then decide not to do the scheme.

12. Any student who repeatedly uploads articles during the scheme, that are deemed unsuitable for publishing or libellous in any way, will be removed from the scheme.

13. Nothing contained in these Terms and Conditions shall be construed as establishing or implying any partnership or joint venture between the parties and nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall be deemed to construe either of the parties as the agent of the other.

14. Any variation to these Terms and Conditions (including any special terms and conditions agreed between the parties) shall be inapplicable unless agreed in writing by The Young Reporter Scheme Limited.

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