Learning to be a journalist with the British Council's Young Journalist Programme 2018

Learning to be a journalist with the British Council's Young Journalist Programme 2018

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Young Journalist participants (from left): Eddy Lau, Tong Yan-ting, Nick Ching, Ernest Chan, Paul Culligan (SPARK project manager), Charles Chan, Chloe Wong, Aretta Wong
Photo: British Council

On January 19, students from the British Council’s Young Journalist Programme met at Tai Kwun, the new heritage centre in Central, to celebrate the completion of the programme. The gathering was one of the many events of SPARK: The Science and Art of Creativity, a festival of ideas celebrating 70 years of the British Council in Hong Kong.

The group had previously attended a journalism workshop and written an article about SPARK. Out of the 12 articles submitted, five were selected and published in Young Post. Each of the five writers received an HK$500 British Council course voucher and a certificate in recognition of their outstanding achievement. In addition to receiving their certificates, students were also taken on a short trip to visit several SPARK installations around Tai Kwun, guided by SPARK project manager, Paul Culligan.

The Young Journalist Programme was organised by the British Council with support from Young Post. British Council students interested in the programme were asked to write a short article to apply for the programme. A total of 14 secondary school students were later selected for the one-day interactive workshop, which included an introduction to the basics of journalism and a session on good interview tactics. Students were also given a tour of the SCMP office, where they learned about how a newspaper operates, conducted an interview with a representative from SPARK, and participated in a session on writing skills.

Click here to read the best articles written by student journalists.

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