Monday 16 December 2019


Applications are open for Future News Worldwide 2020, a prestigious international conference for the next generation of journalists run by the British Council in partnership with some of the world's leading media organisations.

100 fully-funded places are available for the brightest young student bloggers, vloggers, photojournalists and reporters from across the globe to take part in the two-day event at Sky Central – the global headquarters of the Sky Group in Isleworth London in July 2020.

With contributions from leading media organisations such as Reuters, Google News Initiative, Facebook and UK Schools of Journalism, the conference is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for the next generation of top journalists to hone their skills and make global connections.

Last year’s event saw some of the most experienced and respected international editors, broadcasters and reporters share their knowledge and insights with delegates from 50 countries. Speakers included Jon Snow, Channel Four; Christina Lamb, Chief Foreign Correspondent for the Sunday Times; Head of Global News Desk for Reuters Nick Tattersall, and Sreenivasan Jain, Managing Editor New Delhi Television. 

Future News Worldwide 2020 will offer an equally rich and packed programme for the next generation of news makers and content creators. Judging by last year’s entries, which saw over 3000 applications received, competition for places will be strong.

Future News Worldwide 2019 attendee Mai Chi is encouraging all budding young journalists to apply: “My 3-day experience with Future News Worldwide brought about unforgettable adventure and strengthen my knowledge as well as my belief in pursuing professional journalism in the future. The British Council has brought the young generation of journalists closer to our dreams for a flourishing and prosperous journalism career, as well as encouraging talented journalists to contribute to a better community.”

The opportunity is available to undergraduate and postgraduate students from any country who will be aged 18–25 years old on 1 July 2020. Applicants should be able to speak English at an advanced level and need to demonstrate that they are passionate about following a career in journalism. 

Applications can be made by visiting

The deadline for applications is 14 February 2020.

Notes to Editor

About the British Council

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, through broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government  

About Future News Worldwide

Future News Worldwide is a partnership between the British Council and some of the world’s leading media organisations. It aims to assist young people to make global connections and develop a wide range of journalism skills. #FNW20