Delegates at Future News Worldwide 2017. ©

Neil Hanna.

Future News Worldwide 2018

Applications opened on 13 December for the 2018 conference. Find out more and apply.

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.

Future News Worldwide 2017

The most recent Future News Worldwide conference took place from 6-7 July 2017 at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

One hundred of the brightest young journalists from 42 countries heard from some of the most experienced and respected international editors, broadcasters and reporters, such as:

  • Mary Hockaday, Controller BBC World Service English
  • Anne McElvoy, Senior Editor at The Economist
  • Christina Lamb, Chief foreign correspondent at The Sunday Times

They were joined by counterparts from the digital news sphere, including Matt Cooke from Google News Lab, and Nick Wren from Facebook.

A year-round global alumni network is now being established to support attendees in engaging with one another, implementing their learning and continuing their professional development.

A rich selection of content emerged from the conference, including:


The programme is delivered through a partnership between the British Council and the Future News Worldwide Advisory Committee, comprising British Council, BBC, CNN, Facebook, Google News Lab, Reuters, Newsquest Scotland, STV, The Economist, The Scottish Parliament, Tinopolis and UK Schools of Journalism.