Two delegates pose for a photo with Yusuf Omar.
Young journalists at Future News Worldwide 2018. ©

Neil Hanna

What is Future News Worldwide?

Future News Worldwide is a partnership programme between the British Council and some of the world's leading media organisations.

It aims to assist young people to:

  • develop a wide range of journalism skills;
  • establish the UK as a global leader in the nurturing of young journalists and media figures;
  • help build strong and lasting connections for the next generation of media leaders across the globe.

Applications are now open for Future News Worldwide 2021:

This year's conference will be online under the theme: ‘Climate, COVID-19 and the rise of disinformation: how journalism can best serve a world in crisis’ .

Read more about how to apply.

Future News Worldwide 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Future News Worldwide conference moved online in 2020. It brought together over 200 young journalists from around the world to hear from leading media experts at two online sessions.

Future News Worldwide 2019

Future News Worldwide 2019 took place on 16 and 17 July at Reuters UK headquarters in Canary Wharf, London. Here are a couple of Facebook Live video highlights from the event:

Christina Lamb OBE, Chief Foreign Correspondent of The Sunday Times, reflects on her extensive experience as a journalist across the Middle East and Africa.

Sreenivasan Jain, Managing Editor at New Delhi Television (NDTV) gives his take on speaking truth to power: how journalism can rebuild trust by investigating and exposing official falsehoods.

Future News Worldwide 2018

The 2018 conference ran from 5-6 July and saw 100 aspiring reporters from 50 countries take part, having been selected from 2,500 applicants worldwide. Speakers included BBC presenter Carrie Gracie and many other leading international news and digital media figures. .

Future News Worldwide 2017

The 2017 conference took place from 6-7 July 2017. One hundred of the brightest young journalists from 42 countries heard from some of the most experienced and respected international editors, broadcasters and reporters, including Mary Hockaday, Controller BBC World Service English; Anne McElvoy, Senior Editor at The Economist; and Christina Lamb, Chief Foreign Correspondent at The Sunday Times.

You can read more about the 2017 conference here: STV 'Scottish Parliament welcomes future stars of journalism'