Young Journos Need Apply
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Children and young people across Wales are being challenged to play the role of a journalist and report on the news.
A competition entitled U-News, run by the Welsh Assembly Government in collaboration with CLIC, is encouraging you to pick up a pen, notebook, audio recorder or video camera and report on positive things happening at home, in school and in your community.
The exercise is designed to highlight the United Nations Convention On The Rights of the Child (UNCRC), and aims to tackle negative media images of children and young people while promoting the positive news that is sometimes overlooked.
News stories, reviews, photographs and other editorial contributions will then be considered for publication in U-News/CLICzine, a special celebratory newspaper that will be published later this year to mark the 21st anniversary of the UNCRC.
The competition will also help entrants to acquire valuable research and reporting skills.
Launching the competition this week, Huw Lewis, Deputy Minister For Children, said: “The media in all its forms is a powerful tool. Through this competition children and young people can learn how it works and how they can tell their story in print, on air and on the worldwide web.
“Children and younger people aren’t always portrayed in the best light by some sections of the media. This is an opportunity for them to redress the balance and to ensure audiences get a fuller picture of the news, views and issues that are important to them.
"There are many issues facing children and young people, ranging from relationships, self-esteem and safety to entertainment, education, sport and community life. We hope to see all of this reflected in entries to the competition.”
The competition is part of a wider initiative designed to promote the five-year Action Plan entitled Getting It Right, which sets out how the Welsh Assembly Government intends to make all of the aspirations of the UNCRC a reality in Wales.
Entrants have until Friday 8 October to submit their articles. In the lead-up to the deadline, entries will be published here on CLIC, where young people can vote for their favourite submission.
The competition is divided into two categories: children aged seven to ten, and for young people aged 11 to 25.
Prizes will be presented during a special day of activities, marking the 21st anniversary of the UNCRC, to be held in the Senedd in November.
All competition details and guidance on reporting the news can be found at www.uncrcletsgetitright.co.uk/competition