We use cookies to help us make this website better for our visitors. More about how we use cookies.

4 November, 2004

Political apathy? Prove that's not so and become the winning voice of Political Journalism!

Liz Williams, Best Political Print Journalist, in the National Political Journalism Competition 2003/04, is keen to get other young people involved in the competition in 2005.

She compared most young people’s attitude to politics to ‘people-watching.’ “We’re observers on the outside,” she stated. “But isn’t it better and braver to get involved?”

Winning an unforgettable visit to the House of Lords and Downing Street, the student from Maiden Erlegh School in Reading received her award from the Home Secretary David Blunkett.

Why not take up her challenge and become a winner in 2005? With the recent US elections and next year’s UK elections, what better time for young people to voice their opinions on big national issues? Teams or individuals can tackle issues such as the war in Iraq, gambling, anti-social behaviour and voting at 16.

Organised by the Citizenship Foundation and sponsored by Norwich Union, the National Political Journalism Competition invites 11-18 year olds to experience first-hand the relationship between politics and the media by tackling a political issue of their choice in print, TV or radio. Launched in summer 2003, the competition attracted 240 team entries in its first year.

Liz Williams said, “Taking part in the competition was a challenge, both to my personality and my abilities. Since entering, my whole attitude to politics has matured into a fuller and more positive understanding.”

John Humphrys, presenter, The Today Programme, Radio 4, says, “Politics is about real life and real people. It’s serious and it’s exciting. Get involved. It’s the way to change things. And you’ll enjoy it.”

As well as building on skills such as research, problem-solving and communication, winners will win digital equipment and are invited to a reception at Westminster. There are two national awards up for grabs – not only Best Print Journalist(s), but also Best Broadcast Journalist(s) for those that make TV and radio programmes.

The deadline for registering this year is 1st December 2004 and completed entries must be sent in by 2nd February 2005. Real political journalists will judge them. For more details contact the Citizenship Foundation on 0207 367 0500 or www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/npjc.

Further information

To find out more please email:

Notes for editors:

1. The Citizenship Foundation is an independent charity (no.801360) which aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society, Founded in 1989, it focuses on developing young people’s citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding. Its work includes resources, training, active learning programmes, community projects and research. www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

2. Sponsorship of the National Political Journalism Competition is part of Norwich Union’s responsible citizenship programme, which seeks to encourage individuals, business and Government not only to explore their rights but to take responsibility for their actions (www.aviva.com).

3. Launched at Downing Street in June 2003, the National Political Journalism Competition is open to 11-18 year olds across the UK, working in teams or as individuals. The competition runs alongside the National Youth Parliament Competition, which will helps bring to life the process of parliament, government and politics, by offering young people the opportunity to set up and video their own parliamentary debates.

4. The National Political Journalism Competition supports the statutory Citizenship curriculum for 11-16 year olds in England.

5. Photos are available of the winners.

Printable version of this page. Printable version

Latest News