Shortlisted candidates for 2017 Bob Friend Scholarship

Many thanks to every student who submitted an entry to this year's competitition. The standard was exceptionally high. However, the panel has reached a unanimous decision. The shortlisted candidates who wlll travel to Sky's Millbank studios in central London on Friday for interview and test are: Bernardita Botto, Duarte Dias, George Nixon and Emma Rae Woodhouse.

Future News Worldwide

Future News worldwide is a new youth journalism programme run by the British Council in partnership with Reuters, CNN, Facebook and Google News Lab. The organisers are looking for 20 of the most talented students from across the UK to attend an exclusive conference in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on 6 and 7 July 2017.

Winners will join reporters from around the world for an intensive journalism training programme, talks and coaching from top editors, broadcasters and writers. The programme is open to undergraduate students aged 18-25. Applications are open at www.britishcouncil.org/future-news-worldwide and close on 28 February. Note that this is a fully funded opportunity. All costs including travel to and from Edinburgh, accommodation and board, will be covered by the British Council. 

If you have any questions about the programme please contact: Sarah Gorman, Programme Manager,Futre News Worldwide. Tel: 0131 524 5716 (Office) 07785 275973 (Mobile) or sarah.gorman@britishcouncil.org

2017 Daily Mail Scholarships

I'm delighted to be able to confirm that Associated Newspapers have agreed to award two Daily Mail Scholarships in the Centre this year: a postgradate scholarship and an undergraduate scholarship for final year students. Each scholarship is worth £5,000 and the chance to do work experience at the Daily Mail.

Contestants should submit an original news story of not fewer than 550 words and not more than 1000 words suitable for publication in the print edition of the Daily Mail. All submissions to be handed to Anastasia by noon on Monday 8th May 2017. Each submission should be accompanied by a cover sheet giving your name, the degree for which you are studying and a telephone number at which you can be reached.

2017 Sky Bob Friend Scholarship

The 2017 Sky Bob Friend Scholarship will be presented to this year's winner at the annual Sky Bob Friend Memorial Lecture. This will take place in the Dockyard Church at 7pm on Thursday 2nd March.

This year's lecturer will be Ed Conway, Economics Editor at Sky News and Times columnist.The crucial question now is: to whom will he present the prize? We (Sky News and the CfJ) will decide via the usual competitve process.

How does it work? We'll explain all in a briefing to be held in the main newsroom at 1300 on Tuesday 17th January. Please attend. This is a unique and immensely valuable opportunity open to all undergraduate students in the Centre. The winner will spend a month long, fully funded placement at Sky News. They will also receive a £3,000 contribution to their tuition fees.Beyond these rewards there is, of course, the prestige and glory of being a member of the tiny and highly select band of Sky Bob Friend Scholars.

Following the briefing, the deadline for submissions will be Friday February 10th. Shortlisted contestants will travel to London for the final selection interviews which will take place at Sky' Millbank studios in Westminter on Friday 17th February. Come to the briefing. All will be explained.

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