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Terms & Conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions, which relate to all schools and students applying to complete the Young Reporter Scheme.


  1. The Young Reporter Scheme operating through Newsquest Media Group, is a student journalism programme, 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 each year, 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, but on the understanding that the students are prepared to catch up with their peers to complete the scheme, within the required timeframes.

  4. Students are permitted to use personal emails if their school email is blocked from receiving communication from outside organisations. Access to a student email is to allow the scheme to contact students throughout the programme 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 used for the purpose of running the scheme only. If students are using personal emails, they MUST be personal to the student and not shared with a family member or friend.

  5. Once students’ details have been passed to the Young Reporter Scheme, they will be sent instructions on how to register themselves and a detailed information sheet on uploading their articles. We use mailchimp’s email service to send these instructions and communicate other important information to students, ensuring they receive the relevant emails quickly and efficiently. Mailchimp processes students’ names and email addresses for our purpose only.

  6. Because of the number 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 errors 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.

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

  8. The cost of the scheme is £250 plus V.A.T. administration from the school and £30 plus V.A.T. per student, unless you sign up before the summer holidays, where you will benefit from our Early Bird pricing at £220 plus V.A.T for the school fee and £25 + V.A.T per student.

  9. All invoices are due 14 days after the date of the invoice and the Young Reporter Scheme 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 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.

  10. Once final 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.

  11. Schools who have signed up and taken part in a mentoring session but decide to pull out during the 14 day cooling off period, will be charged a flat fee of £75 to cover the cost of the mentoring.

  12. If your school has signed up before the summer holidays and benefitted from Early Bird pricing, you will still be subject to the 14 day cooling off period. We can however, invoice you for the school administration cost before the end of the summer term and raise an additional invoice in September for your students at the normal pricing, to avoid you being overcharged for students who change their mind over the summer holidays.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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