The Media Society actively supports the development of young journalists and media professionals as part of its charitable remit. As part of this, it has committed to partially funding the Steve Hewlett Scholarships, to help support young people breaking into broadcasting. We have also supported a new citizen journalism project initiated by the London Learning Consortium called 'London Voices'.
The Steve Hewlett Scholarships
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Broadcaster Steve Hewlett died in February 2017. In his honour, and after a public appeal, a scholarship scheme was jointly set up by The Media Society and the Royal Television Society. Bursaries of £2,000 per year are open to students from low income families looking to study broadcast journalism.
The second wave of applications (for those wishing to study in Autumn 2018) are now open. Please apply by 30 June on the Royal Television Society website.
London Voices – A Citizen Journalist Competition
The London Voices competition is for all aspiring citizen journalists across London, with the Media Society officially supporting the programme in 2017.
The London Learning Consortium has partnered with The Media Society to support future journalists (or those that just want their voice to be heard) across a range of media, including print, audio, broadcast, video and online.
The aim is to support and promote emerging journalism and media talent across London, and generate some fresh, new and inspirational perspectives of our city. The competition is to help encourage new voices for London which reflect personal experiences of living and working in one of the biggest and most vibrant cities in the world.
Above all, this competition is about stimulating debate and challenging the ways Londoners view their city, through a variety of journalistic media.
There are three cash prizes for the best London “voices”, to spend on skills development in journalism or media.
● First prize: £2,000
● Second prize: £750
● Third prize: £250
The competition has four themes:
1. Community Voices: a focus on local communities within London
2. When you’re young: what’s it like being young in London?
3. My city of the future: what the city could or should be like in the
4. Social media: the benefits/issues with society and democracy
Enter the competition
Entry to the competition is very straightforward:
1 .Download a Project Brief London Voices
2. Decide on which theme you would like to address
3. Inform the project that you are going to enter the competition by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Please remember to include your name, contact details and which theme you are considering.
4.Work on your project and submit it by 22nd May 2017
A range of support is available, including workshops and mentoring.