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25 April, 2006

Political Journalism Shortlist announced

24 teams have made it through to the shortlist from over 500 entries to the National Political Journalism Competition organised by the Citizenship Foundation and sponsored by Norwich Union.

24 teams have made it through to the shortlist from over 500 entries to the National Political Journalism competition organised by the Citizenship Foundation and sponsored by Norwich Union.

The Competition invites young people from around the UK aged 11-18 to investigate a political issue of their choice in print, TV, or radio, giving them the chance to experience the relationship between politics and the media and gain an insight into the processes of political journalism.

During their research, teams secured interviews with a variety of people and organisations, including Gordon Brown, Charles Clarke, Tessa Jowell, Fiona McTaggart, local police and councillors, charities, journalists, commuters, health workers, and members of the public.

Subjects covered included stories from the local community, new and proposed government legislation and international issues. Individual shortlisted stories ranged from binge drinking, bird flu, increase of Forth Bridge tolls, to legalisation of brothels and the Leeds Supertram.

Tony Breslin, Chief Executive at the Citizenship Foundation said Its really encouraging to see so many young people engage in both the issues and the way they reported them, in a well researched and thoughtful way. This competition is a great opportunity for young people to learn about how the media works and how it shapes our understanding of a wide variety of political issues.

The final will be judged by top media professionals from, the Today Programme, Newsnight, Newsround, and former political editors from ITN and the Mirror Group. The winners will get to attend a reception at the Houses of Parliament in July, followed by tea at 10 Downing Street.

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