London Voices

London Voices: A journalism and media competition for London


Deadline for entries: 22 May 2017

Are you interested in journalism as a career? Or do you want to be a citizen journalist?

Would you like to report and talk about issues in London?

Want to learn from the best about how to improve your technique?

Interested in some of the best known media experts in the UK seeing your work?


Then why not enter our London Voices journalism and media competition?

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What are the benefits?

  • It’s FREE to enter
  • No previous experience required, just an enthusiasm for citizen journalism!
  • Your work will get seen by a range of experts from the Media Society and BBC
  • You could win up to £2,000 to put towards further training and development in journalism and media skills! 


What are the prizes?

There are three cash prizes to spend on skills development in journalism or media skills

  • First prize: £2,000  
  • Second prize: £750
  • Third prize: £250



  • All entries will be viewed by experts from the Media Society and BBC
  • All short-listed participants will have their work showcased on the London Voices website
  •  All short-listed participants will be invited to a high profile showcase event and awards ceremony at a key media venue in central London
  • Everyone who enters the competition will be able to access a range of free or subsidised training and support


What are the aims of the competition?

London Learning Consortium has partnered with the prestigious Media Society to run a journalism and media competition in 2017 to support aspiring journalists (whether you want to be a professional, or contribute to citizen papers, online debate or something else).

The aim is to support and promote emerging journalism and media talent across London, and generate some fresh, new and inspirational perspectives of our city. We want to help encourage new voices for London which reflect personal experiences of living and working in one of the biggest and most vibrant cities in the world.

Above all, this competition is about stimulating debate and challenging the ways Londoners view their city, through a variety of journalistic media.


What is included in “journalistic media”?

We want to be as inclusive and dynamic as possible with the range of journalistic mediums you can use.  How you choose to develop your entry is up to you – what we are interested in is entrants who can develop a quality narrative expressed in an interesting way. 

So, you could consider:

  • Writing a traditional print or online article
  • Having a broadcast journalism approach, such as producing a video or radio article
  • An interactive approach using an innovative blog or other social media outlet
  • Developing a website
  • Telling your story through photo journalism

Or you could have a combination of any of the above.  If you have another idea, do please contact us at


Are there any restrictions on what I write about?

The competition is divided into four themes which been designed to allow a varied and diverse approach – see below for an outline of these.

Please note we do not permit you as an entrant to use your entry as a platform to express discriminatory or prejudicial views or to incite hatred, violence or criminal activities whether this be actual, virtual or accidental. This is not a vehicle for political views or for lobbying.


What are the themes?



How can I enter the competition?

Entry to the competition is very straightforward:

  1. Download a Project Brief which explains what we are looking for.
  2. Download, complete and send the Competition Registration Form to us, at This will unlock a variety of support and discounted training opportunities, and allow us to contact you directly.
  3. Work on your project and submit it by 22nd May 2017.


Any other rules?

  • You must not be a professional full-time journalist
  • You can only enter once, and you should choose one of the listed themes
  • If shortlisted, you will be expected to attend a judges panel and showcase celebration event (date to be confirmed shortly)
  • The work must be your own, but it can be part of a collaborative partnership (e.g. a community group, class etc)
  • You must be aged over 16 and either live, work or study in London


Any questions?

Once you have read the Project Brief, if you have any other questions about the competition, please contact Amanda at


Want more support?

To support entrants in this competition, we are running a series of workshops across London with our partner organisations.

Follow us on Twitter @LondonVoices16 to find links to a range of online support.

Download a London Voices Poster HERE