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5 July, 2005

Young journalists think globally and act locally

Finalists in the 2005 National Political Journalism Competition highlight local action and urge G8 leaders to drop the debt and to ‘make poverty history’.

A team of 12 and 13 year old pupils from Darrick Wood Secondary School from Bromley clinched the national prize in the broadcast category. The top award for print journalism went to the entry by three 15 year olds from Robert May’s School in Hampshire.

The competition invites young people aged 11-18 to experience first-hand the relationship between politics and the media, by tackling a political issue of their choice in print, TV or radio.

The interest in global and local issues amongst these year’s entrants backs up recent research by the Citizenship Foundation. The research showed that local and international issues were of most importance to young people, as opposed to national issues and politics on a parliamentary level.

Competition winners will receive their prizes at the Houses of Parliament on Thursday 7 July, coinciding with the G8 Summit. Prizes will be awarded by Iain Watson, political correspondent of BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme.

Winners will have tea at Downing Street with Cherie Blair on 13 July.

Entries were judged by a panel chaired by Michael Brunson (ex-political editor of ITN and Citizenship Foundation Trustee) and including journalists from the Today Programme, The Mirror Group, Newsnight and CBBC Newsround.

The National Political Journalism Competition is organised by the Citizenship Foundation and sponsored by Norwich Union.

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