My News in 65 is your chance to share your story and for you to think about what it means to be a journalist. News should reflect everyone’s lives, and that’s why we want to hear you report on the events and topics that are important to you.
This is a great opportunity to have a go at a really exciting job and for some of the best journalists in the industry to see your ideas. All you need to do is to make a clip of up to 65 seconds about something you care about! So get your hands on a phone and start filming and having fun. We can’t wait to start seeing your videos!
Choose one of the themes below and make a film about a story that is important to you. It can be up to 65 seconds long.
Ideas for your piece:
Scroll to the bottom of this page for some tips from some of our experts!
Criteria for judging:
The competition opens on 3rd November and closes on 31st December.
What you will win:
Winners will be chosen in two age groups: 7-10 and 11-14. Each winner will win an iPad, a virtual mentoring session with one of our judges, and a chance to visit our London-based newsrooms and watch one of our programmes being broadcast live.
Don’t forget to ask your parents/carers permission to enter the competition and if you've got any questions drop us an email at email@example.com.
We’ve got some of the most experienced and talented broadcast journalists in the business to judge your entries, so let’s meet them.
Presenter of Channel 4 News
“I hope this competition gives you the belief that you can go out and tell stories now and in the future. I’ve done it for 44 years and it is a fantastic job.”
Presenter of ITV News
“For children, the coronavirus period may have led to school closures but whilst at home we also saw time and time again the amazing creativity and ingenuity that they possess. Whether that be through raising money, looking after family and friends or just finding a way to have fun in lockdown, we saw how much kids could achieve and the passion they had. So now it’s their turn to tell us your stories. I can’t wait to see what emerges when the lens is turned.”
Presenter of ITV News London and IRL with Team Charlene, a magazine show for children on ITV.
“I was inspired from an early age by Sir Trevor McDonald and having worked recently with young people making IRL with Team Charlene, I know the breadth of creativity our next generation of journalists possess – and their thirst for truth and passion for questioning. I can’t wait to see the entries and I know we’ll be spoilt for choice.”
Presenter of 5 News
“I’m so proud to be a judge in this initiative. Journalism has been my life for 35 years and perhaps it’s never been more important to tell a story well, which connects and has real meaning to your audience. If YOU have a story that needs telling – tell it to us! And have a go at engaging in one of the most exciting, challenging, creative careers out there.”
Channel 4 News reporter and former BBC Newsround presenter
“I realised I wanted to be a journalist at 15 (I know, super old!) but as soon as I went on a field trip to a newsroom, I knew that’s what I had to be. It’s such a rewarding and fun profession. You get to be creative, write, talk to loads of different people. I hope this competition gives kids the belief early on that they can do this, and I can’t wait to see what they all come up with.”
Tips on how to shoot on your phone:
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