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London Voices 2018
The London Citizen Journalism Competition

London Voices 2018 winners celebrate at the Art Workers’ Guild

Twelve aspiring new journalists have scooped awards and certificates in the second annual London Voices 2018 competition at a high-profile event at the Art Workers Guild on July 10th 2018.

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Londoners over the age of 14 across 21 boroughs sent in written articles, videos, audio files and multimedia entries which challenged the way people think about their communities. They discussed issues ranging from food markets to child obesity, from mental health to non-league football. The competition was open to anyone who lives, works or studies in London, and received entries from schools, FE Colleges, Universities and individuals. Around half of the entries were from people with no previous experience of journalism.

The competition was sponsored by London Learning Consortium, Journo Resources, London South Bank University, Newsweek Media Group, Panda Radio, The Media Society, Update News and

The event was introduced by Alex Hudson, Deputy Editor of Metro UK who spoke about the importance of getting new young voices into the media industry and the amazing range of entries generated by the competition.

Alex Hudson

There was also an inspiring speech from 2017 competition winner Louisa Naks who shared her progress and achievements since winning the competition last year and encouraged all this year’s entrants to persevere in their journalistic ambitions.

Louisa Naks

Competition manager Amanda Pavon-Lopez said “The competition was hard-fought and it was an incredibly tough job for the judges to choose winners.  This just goes to show what an amazing wealth of talent there is out there in London, and how journalism is still very much alive and relevant for today’s young people.  The winners all submitted interesting and well-researched pieces in a huge variety of formats. It’s been a real privilege to see the response to the competition.”

London Learning Consortium CEO Steve Jeffery said: “It was a fantastic second year for London Voices and we are so proud to have continued our support. This year’s winners showed exactly why we started this competition - they challenged and reflected what is going on in London and showed us what could be possible by producing inspiring and thought-provoking articles.”

Newsweek Media Group sponsor Daniel Orton said, “It’s wonderful and inspiring to see all these young people getting involved in journalism”.

Update News sponsor Jamie Moreton said, It has been so difficult to choose, the entries have been absolutely stunning​ - I wish I could choose more as winners!​”

The winners and sponsors of the 2018 London Voices journalism Competition at the awards ceremony held at the Art Workers Guild

Winners and Sponsors

London Learning Consortium and London Voices would like to thank everyone who sent in an entry to this year’s awards.  The sponsors had a really tough time choosing the winners!


Read on below to see photos and a short profile of all the winners, along with a chance to have a look at their winning entries. 

You can also find out more about our wonderful sponsors.


London Voices couldn’t run without its wonderful sponsors.  This year, our sponsors were:

Journo Resources

Journo Resources


London South Bank University

London South Bank University

London South Bank University (LSBU) has more than 18,000 students drawn from over 130 countries. The university has been awarded Silver for teaching excellence under the Government's Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Graduate Employment (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018).


The Journalism Department is, according to The Guardian, in the top five in London for career prospects. Its students run Journalism.London, a news website home to JLDN their live YouTube channel and radio station. The BA (Hons) Journalism is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and students have the opportunity for work placements at a number of companies including the BBC.


Course director and London Voices judge LJ Filotrani has a background as a multimedia journalist in newspapers. A former web editor at The Guardian and head of audio news at The Financial Times, she has published her first book - WordPress for Journalists - and is working on a PHD researching broadcast media and esports.


Newsweek Media Group


Newsweek Media Group is a global digital news organisation, publishing among other titles International Business Times and Newsweek. Previously known as IBT Media, the group covers everything from current events and politics to tech and finance, along with having a number of niche digital brands.


London Voices has been sponsored by the UK video team, which provides production and video coverage to Newsweek and International Business Times (on and off-platform). The team produces several original projects every month, reacts to breaking news, and acquires video from third party sources. There are also video teams based in New York City and Bangalore.


Newsweek Video News Editor and London Voices judge Daniel Orton has over five years’ experience working in TV and online video production, where he specialises in editorial content. He was previously video editor at the London Evening Standard and a video producer at Bauer Media.


Panda Radio

Panda Radio

Panda Radio is a partner of GBTimes, an international digital media network with digital, radio and TV channels. Based in London, it broadcasts talk, news and music with special bulletins on China. It has 129,000 unique monthly listeners in the capital, along with 183,000 unique weekly readers. Many of its articles are translated for its sister sites, with services available in Europe, Africa and China. Panda Radio can be listened to online via its website or app, on digital radio, and on TuneIn, with shows also uploaded to Soundcloud.
News Editor and London Voices judge EJ Ward specialises in breaking news and political reporting, as well as on-the-ground reporting from conflict and hostile environments and major UK incidents. He has appeared in local, national and international press, contributing to The Evening Standard, Metro and many national papers, and his original photos and videos have also been used by Sky News, BBC UK, CNN and CTV.  He specialises in radio Mobile journalism and Smartphone journalism.


The Media Society

The Media Society

The Media Society is a charity aiming to inspire, provoke, surprise, educate and entertain. It runs a diverse events programme covering emerging trends across all aspects of the media landscape and is open to anyone with an interest in news and the media industry.


Members include journalists, producers, academics and PR professionals, including senior figures as well as those just starting out on their careers. The Society particularly likes to include students, giving them opportunities to network, learn from and share with not only industry leaders, but those who influence all facets of the communications mix.


London Voices Judge Patrick Barrow has over 20 years’ experience in journalism, PR and communications. He worked for BBC radio news on programmes such as Today and World at One, and was a press officer with BBC TV’s Question Time. He also spent time as Head of Corporate Affairs for The Telegraph Group and is currently Managing Director of PR agency Reputation Communications.


Update News

Update News

ynuktv is a community powered HD news channel which began broadcasting in May 2011, covering current affairs, entertainment, lifestyle, sports and features.  It highlights events and action in neighbourhoods that tell a story, both mainstream and those that don’t normally make it to the national stage.’s video content is influenced by people across the urban areas of the UK, who contribute to the varied original items and videos broadcast from the channel. can be accessed online and is mobile friendly, having an interactive engaging approach to local issues.
Editor and London Voices judge Rosie Hayes began her career at ITN, travelling to various parts of the UK, Cuba, Russia and Qatar.  She has worked at Sky News, the BBC news network, and she also joined a small team in Moscow in 2005 to launch a round the clock English speaking news satellite channel called Russia Today (RT).  Rosie has also worked with Al Jazeera in their 24-hour newsroom.