The British Council Future News Worldwide Programme 2021

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Future News Worldwide conference will again be online. 2021’s theme is ‘Climate, COVID-19 and the rise of disinformation: how journalism can best serve a world in crisis’.

Apply for the British Council Future News Worldwide Programme for your chance to be identified, trained and supported as part of the next generation of global journalists.

Future News Worldwide

Future News Worldwide is a partnership programme between the British Council and some of the world’s leading media organisations. The aim is to support young people to develop a wide range of journalism skills and to establish the UK as a global leader in the nurturing of young journalists and media figures.

Each year they bring together 100 of the world’s most talented, motivated, and passionate student journalists to attend an intensive media training programme. Participants receive exclusive coaching from world-leading editors, broadcasters, writers and reporters, and see how publishers around the world are using technology to find stories and bring them to life like never before.

This is a journalism competition operated by the British Council to select delegates for the Future News Worldwide 2021 online conference, taking place on 14 (afternoon, GMT) and 15 (morning, GMT) July 2021 (the “Conference”). The conference programme will be repeated on both dates.

The winners will receive a prize that consists of a place at the Future News Worldwide 2021 digital conference and inclusion in the Future News Worldwide alumni network.

This includes the following:

  • Attendance at the online Future News Worldwide 2021 conference.
  • Inclusion in the Future News Worldwide alumni network with over 400 members.


The Future News Worldwide competition is open to individuals of any nationality who meet all the criteria below:

  • Aged 18-25 on 1 July 2021.
  • A registered undergraduate or postgraduate student (of any subject), enrolled at a university or higher education institution OR a recent graduate who completed their course after 1 July 2019.
  • A native speaker of English OR able to speak English at IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent.
  • No previous participation in the in-person Future NEWS or Future News Worldwide conference in Edinburgh or London.
  • NB: Those who applied for the 2020 conference should have received a message to their registered email address they used when applying last year.
  • Dedicated to a career in journalism in any form.
  • Available to attend the online conference on either 14 or 15 July 2021. 
  • Only one entry per person is allowed.
  • Entry to the Competition is free of charge, although participants are responsible for any costs incurred connecting to the internet.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must follow the link below to apply;

Click here to Apply

Deadline: 8th June 2021


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