London Voices

London Voices

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.



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.


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.


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

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.

The Winners

  • Arjan Arenas

    Winner of the Best young Journalist aged 14-18 Award sponsored by Update News

    Arjan accepts his award from producers and sponsors Jamie Moreland and Eric Anderson from Update News

    Arjan has lived in Finchley all his life and is currently attending sixth form at The Compton School, studying English Literature, History and Drama. He has always loved writing and current affairs, especially UK politics and 20th century history, and he is particularly interested in how historical events have shaped the present, and still have significance and influence.

    For four years Arjan has been a writer and broadcaster for Radio Rithmik, a project offering opportunities around news and music for young people in Barnet. He prepares features around current affairs, doing the research, notes and then presenting pre-recorded news stories.  This year he also became part of the team at Exposure, a youth magazine in Barnet which tackles themes relevant to young people and involves them in all stages of production. There he also writes about current affairs, following discussions around a specific theme each month. Arjan says that this has been a brilliant opportunity for him to get involved in magazine writing and develop his skills.

    Arjan was inspired to write his article about the suffragette movement following one of these discussions around women’s rights.  He has followed news coverage of the centenary celebrations of the first votes for women and wanted to focus on how the historical events link into modern issues.  He spent time with his neighbour who was a small child at the time of the historic change and found it interesting to discover what she remembered about the time and how voting is still of real significance to her.

    Judges said, “It was totally gripping since he explained the 1918 story very well, whilst linking it directly to the issues we face today and adding his own personal experiences to it. He was even critical of the suffragette movement too giving the piece balance and making it very objective.”

    Arjan will be taking his A Levels next year and is already considering whether journalism would make a good career choice.  Although he is not entirely certain of what career he would like to pursue, he is convinced that a job involving writing in some form would be ideal for him, especially if this could be combined with his other passion – history.

    Arjan’s written entry: From law breakers to law makers: the fight for women’s equality

  • Atina Dimitrova

    Winner of the Best Urban Video Award sponsored by

    Atina catches up with editor and sponsor Rosie Hayes from

    Atina has always loved writing and she published two novels in her native Bulgaria about characters who broaden their horizons through travelling the world. Interested in global politics and the relationships between countries, Atina wanted to learn more about journalism and came to London in 2015 to study for a BA at City, University of London.

    During her course, Atina learned a lot about radio, TV and print. Her initial big dream was developing feature ideas, which requires similar techniques to novel writing. Yet, she has also learned a lot more about news writing and video production at City. Atina wants to do documentaries about international relations, war, peace and human rights. She did work experiences with The Times, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and The Guardian, covering culture and politics as main topics. She developed broadcast experience with the BBC covering general and local elections and learned about reporting local news at St John Street News hyperlocal website as deputy editor, and at the Hackney and Islington Gazette as editorial intern.

    The inspiration for her video about the digital skills gap in London came from a realisation that despite the high demand for digitally-skilled talent, very few young people in London leave school with the skills and qualifications in STEM subjects to fill these gaps. Atina looked at the role the Mayor Sadiq Khan plays in encouraging young Londoners to choose digital roles. She also considered the impact the digital skills gap has on the economics and development of London and the UK, especially considering Brexit.

    Judges said, “This is a refreshing and stylish video. The subject and editorial content are excellent.  ‘Digital skills’ is not often featured in the news so it was good to learn about it in this video. The video was very informative, well produced and made captivating viewing. Atina has the potential to become a sort-after video journalist, locally and on mainstream networks”.

    Atina hopes to further her studies in International Relations and use her skills to travel and cover stories about politics. She hopes to get experience as a political correspondent on a national newspaper, or as a video editor at a TV channel.

    Atina’s video entry: Digital Skills Gap

  • Devon Davis

    Runner up for the Best Young Journalist aged 14-18 Award sponsored by Update News

    Devon receives her award from producers Jamie Moreland and Eric Anderson from Update News


    Devon has just completed her BTEC Extended Diploma in Media at John Ruskin College, Croydon, where she learned about all aspects of media production, researching, editing and writing.  She has always loved reading and writing, and she enjoys working within a multimedia environment, including making short visual documentaries within her articles to back up her stories and add variety.


    Just turned 18, Devon has already had a variety of experience in different media, including working for Croydon TV as part of the HeadStart challenge which helps get young people volunteering in their local community.  At the online TV channel, she read and reviewed books, and did some presenting.  She also recorded a bulletin for Video Blog in Streatham on how the LGBT community are trying to promote science learning, and helped watch retailers Watches2You with their social media PR.


    The main inspiration for her entry about youth crime and the corresponding lack of facilities for young people, was her brother who witnessed two of his friends die before him due to crime on the streets. Shocked by the fact that he had lost 23 friends – some imprisoned, while others were dead or had committed suicide – Devon wrote about how an increase in youth provision could help young people stay safe and off the streets. The article built on a previous short visual documentary and included opinions and suggestions from a variety of people affected by crime or involved in the politics of how to prevent it.


    Judges said, “This is a hard-hitting piece which speaks to people at the front line of a huge issue for London.  It’s a raw and honest insight into a massive issue within London which doesn’t shy away from anything”.


    Devon has applied for university journalism courses but has decided to defer for a year while she tries to find work or an apprenticeship to get more experience.  She would love to write or work with editing and production in print media, although she is also keen on documentary making.  Her dream job would be as an international current affairs journalist on TV.


    Devon’s written entry: Eye for an eye, a youth for a youth

  • Isla Russell

    Winner Best Written Entry sponsored by Journo Resources

    Isla with Ed Gove, sponsor from Journo Resources


    Isla’s interest in feature writing and journalism began when she was just 13, as she loved looking through magazine features and talking to people about their stories. During her two years studying for a BA in Journalism at London South Bank University, she has learned a lot about other types of journalism (and is particularly interested in investigative journalism), but her passion remains in the longer forms of story writing, which she says, “gives you the chance to find out the personality behind the story and the people”.


    Isla has run her own blogs since the age of 13, including her most recent one entitled ‘All the stuff in between’ which she has been writing for a year.  She has also interned at Pink News where she had over 25 articles published, and has contributed articles to Campus Network, Campus Society and The Tab, a student-based national publication. She loves the process of coming up with ideas for stories, doing the research, finding contacts, interviewing and finally seeing it all come together as a written article.


    The inspiration for her entry about mental health stems from personal experience and from those around her.  She has been involved in raising awareness about mental health issues for some time, including shaving her hair off to raise money for the mental health charity Mind last year.  She says she wanted to explore how women are coping in the media with their mental health and help encourage people to step outside the taboo and start discussing their own experiences.


    Judges said, “I love this! It is a really well-written and well-researched piece which looks at an important issue in our capital.”


    Isla has always wanted to write about investigations and use them to push forward the feminist movement, creating content that makes people want to sit down and read it.  Her dream is to take her current blog and turn it into her own company and journalistic publication.


    Isla’s written entry: Big City, big dreams, big mental health problems


  • James Dowden

    Winner of the Best Written Piece (Beginner) Award sponsored by Journo Resources

    Hampton School sixth former James has always been sports mad, and has written about football for the school newspaper, the Hampton Sports Chronicle, for some years. Organised by the English department, James worked at the newspaper first as a reporter, and more recently as editor. He has also completed a Newsquest Young Reporter’s Scheme for the past two years, producing one article a month for eight months, and winning interviews with both football coaches and with footballers themselves. For someone who dreamt of becoming a professional footballer, this has fired his interest further in sports journalism.


    Realising that most sports news coverage focusses on the premier league, he decided to write about what it’s really like to be involved at the other end – in non-league football. His profile of non-league Hampton and Richmond Borough FC looks at a whole season in 2017/18, “following the highs, the lows and the romantic nature of non-league football”.  James made use of his previous experience interviewing, writing match reports, proof reading, editing and designing as he talked to a range of volunteers and fans to become part of the club ‘family’. His story outlines how the team nearly won the league and then nearly won the playoffs – a season that aptly demonstrated the joys and lows of being a football fan.


    Judges said, “This is a great piece of local reporting and a long-read which follows the underreported side of football. It has some proper on the ground reporting to follow the story and make it relatable to people who don’t even like football.


    James has just completed his first year of sixth form, studying History, Geography and Spanish, and would love to continue learning languages when he goes to University. And despite being the first in his family to be interested in journalism, he also dreams of combining his passion for writing and sports by working on a sports desk for a national newspaper, writing about his first love – football.


    James’ written entry: You look out on that pitch and it just catches you: A season of following the highs, the lows and the nirvana of non-league football


  • Luke Chillingsworth and Thomas Mackie

    Joint winners of Best Young Journalist sponsored by The Media Society

    Luke and Thomas pose with their certificates alongside Steve Jeffery, CEO of London Learning Consortium


    Luke Chillingsworth

    Luke moved from Petersborough to London to study for a BA in Journalism at City, University of London in 2016. His passion for journalism began at the tender age of 10 as he produced his own magazines from home, focussing on motor sports. A chance to study Media at school introduced him to working with cameras and, combined with his existing dream of becoming a Formula One commentator, he decided to become a sports journalist.


    However, after helping out on local community radio whilst at sixth form, Luke became aware of other types of journalism that were equally fascinating.  In particular, he became interested in commenting on local issues and community groups, and he loved the idea of doing stories that were important to local areas.


    At university, Luke has had experience working with Auto Sport magazine and radio station Talk Sport.  He also produced material weekly for the Sun newspaper about the 2018 football World Cup.


    Luke says that his joint video entry with fellow student Thomas Mackie was a bit of a last-minute decision as they became aware that an impending vote on changes to licensing hours in Shoreditch, which would affect all local bars and clubs, was not being covered by local press or highlighted to local businesses. They found information about the changes buried in a council report and decided to talk to local bar owners as they were unable to get a comment from the council.


    Luke and Thomas decided to go with Thomas as the on-screen presenter, as he had more experience and shots had to be done quickly due to the extreme cold.  The two worked together on the script and editing, with Luke behind the camera.


    Judges said “Tightly produced, well scripted and understood the great balance of arguments. A deal of work has gone into researching the topic, extracting interviews and statements and bringing the atmosphere of the area to life. Current, London-focussed, intelligent and possessed of some notion of the necessary tension between business and resident, regulated and regulator. Top stuff and precociously professional”.


    Luke enjoys writing but finds print media very demanding due to tough deadlines. He enjoys the slightly more relaxed style of broadcast journalism and would love to do more on the motor sports side of things, especially for a high-profile broadcaster such as Sky or the BBC.  His dream job, however, remains as an F1 presenter!


    Thomas Mackie

    Originally from Lancaster, Thomas moved to London in 2016 to start a BA in Journalism at City, University of London. He had built up some previous experience working for his school magazine and running his own blog, making use of his passion for current affairs and English, along with interacting with people and producing videos.


    The move to London was, according to Thomas, “quite a shock to the system” but he loves his course and the experience it is giving him. In his first year, he interned at the Mirror covering fashion and money, and in his second year also completed some work experience at the Times business desk.  He now works part-time at the Daily Express covering news and current affairs. Although learning about all aspects of journalism at City, Thomas’s true passion is presenting and he loves to be on screen. His partnership with cameraman and co-winner Luke Chillingsworth is relatively new, with both collaborating to write the script and edit the final video.


    The inspiration behind Thomas’s entry emerged after he and Luke followed up on a short article in the Hackney Gazette about an impending vote on changes to licensing hours in Shoreditch, which would affect all local bars and clubs.  Intrigued after being refused a statement from the local council, they contacted local businesses and found that almost no one knew about the plans. The resulting interviews and video cover an untold story with wide-reaching impact – one that is still on-going as the final council vote has yet to take place.


    Judges said “Tightly produced, well scripted and understood the great balance of arguments. A deal of work has gone into researching the topic, extracting interviews and statements and bringing the atmosphere of the area to life. Current, London-focussed, intelligent and possessed of some notion of the necessary tension between business and resident, regulated and regulator. Top stuff and precociously professional”.


    Although he still has one year left to complete at university, Thomas is already keen to start work in his chosen career and hopes to work for a national newspaper, either in print or online. His dream, though, remains in presenting, and hopes one day to be seen on screen presenting the news or as a foreign affairs correspondent.


    Luke and Thomas’ video entry: Shoreditch Licensing 

  • Phoebe Gardner

    Winner of the Best Multimedia Journalist sponsored by London South Bank University (LSBU)

    Phoebe gets her certificate from LSBU sponsor and course director LJ Filotrani


    Phoebe moved from a small village in Wiltshire to London in 2015 to complete a BA in Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she has just finished her final year. She has always had an interest in writing, and is fascinated by current affairs, especially those people and stories that don’t make the mainstream news.  Her interest in journalism, always encouraged by her mum who wrote about culture for local magazines and newspapers, was finally sealed following a visit to the BBC studios in Bristol. After initially looking to do a degree in fine art, she came across the journalism programme at Goldsmiths and has not looked back since.


    Her degree has covered all aspects of journalism, and this exposure to writing, video, audio and photography helped her produce a multimedia entry to the competition. Particularly interested in writing and photography, Phoebe completed two internships with fashion magazines – one with Women’s Wear Daily and the other at Wonderland Magazine – and this encouraged an interest not only in current affairs but also in fashion.  She really enjoyed the editorial aspects of the work, and found it exciting to be working with other journalists and writing about famous designers.


    Her entry to the competition concerns the decline of traditional food markets across London, and the rise in expensive street food and farmer markets that serve a different and smaller population of the capital. Interested in the contrast this illustrated and concerned by the implications for those gripped by inequality and poverty, Phoebe visited various markets at different times, talking to traders and exploring the community and cultural worth of traditional markets.


    Judges said, “Phoebe has really thought about the use of different mediums to tell a story. There is good use of an interactive map, pull quotes and video interviews.  She has really thought about the history, traders and visitors, and the impact on society in London. It shows a fantastic range of voices – like her experimenting with time lapse.”


    Phoebe has not yet decided where her future lies and is currently concentrating on getting as much experience as possible.  She would love to write for a magazine or work behind the scenes in the online world, designing articles, choosing photos, and editing format and layout.


    Phoebe’s Multimedia Entry: Market Value

  • Tianxing Tang

    Winner of the Best Audio Journalist sponsored by Panda Radio

    Tianxing Tang, also known as Star, was born in China where she first got interested in media through her love of challenging herself and communicating with people.


    She completed a bachelor’s degree at Zhejiang University and first visited London as part of an exchange programme at the University of Oxford. Fascinated by its diversity and cultural atmosphere, she came back to London in September 2017 to join an MA in Multimedia Journalism (Broadcast) at the University of Westminster.  She loved the prospect of not only living in the capital, but also completing a course that gave her a lot of hands-on practice and access to radio and video documentary courses.


    Star has interned at China Daily Europe and she has covered cultural events such as London Fashion Week at the UK Chinese Journal. She also improved her digital production skills with an internship at the International Channel of Zhejiang Radio and Television Group in China.


    Following some research into general obesity issues, she became interested in the specific problems of child obesity problem in the UK. She decided to use audio as her medium to show how it is possible to get creative juices flowing without making things visual.


    Judges said, “Star’s entry really stood out. Not only was the subject compelling and the production quality high, it was also a very important subject. Star managed to gather information and a range of expert comments and combine it into an interesting and informative audio piece. It is clear that Star has put in a lot of work and effort and has created a piece of work that could be put on the radio, tomorrow. In fact, when Star comes in to Panda Radio we’ll make sure that her work is broadcast”


    Star is passionate about working in the media industry, feeling that the career suits her desire to bridge cultural communication and transmit positive energy.  She loves broadening her knowledge and perspective, and wants to tell stories related to human interest in a multimedia way. She dreams of making radio and video documentaries about social issues and cultural diversity, and says that journalism gives her a fantastic feeling of living in a global village rather than a confined room.


    Tianxing (Star’s) Audio entry: Childhood Obesity

  • Taiwo Salami

    Winner of the Best Beginner Award sponsored by The Media Society

    Taiwo has worked as a Health Care Support Worker for nine years, supporting vulnerable individuals in the local community and helping to break the stigma and taboos around mental health. As his job requires him to complete complex reports, statements, support plans and assessments, he wanted to improve his writing skills. He also hoped that improved writing and a qualification would support him in his dream of moving into nursing as a career.

    He joined London South East Colleges in Bromley, enrolling on their GCSE English programme in 2017. The college runs a variety of courses each year, supporting people from across the capital to progress their careers and improve their skills through GCSE English and maths.  Rather than the traditional classroom he expected, he found that the college instead used innovative and inspirational approaches to the delivery of English, with tutors having high expectations of learner interaction and participation. He began to see his classes not just about getting a qualification, but also about improving his confidence and general communication skills.

    As part of the course, Taiwo attended a workshop event for the London Voices competition run by Jem Collins from Journo Resources. Inspired by what he learned about journalism and writing at the workshop, he decided to research and submit an article on the punitive measures being imposed on London motorists. His inspiration came from realising how many issues motorists face being wrongly ticketed for capital gain, and he wanted to give a voice to London drivers who are being given a rough deal.

    Judges said, “This was a really nice bit of local newsy reportage with all the key ingredients needed for a good journalistic piece.”

    Taiwo was over the moon to be selected as an Award winner for the competition and he has decided to continue with his academic studying.  He is even thinking about producing more articles, because as he says, “Let’s face it, Londoners need a voice!”

    Taiwo’s written entry: Are local authorities quite literally ripping us off


  • Torbjoern Joerstad

    Winner of the Best Young Journalist Award sponsored by The Media Society

    Torbjoern was born in a small town just north of Oslo in Norway, which he left in 2016 to study for a BA in Journalism at City, University of London. He has always been a writer, loving to create and share stories, and this passion was soon to be equalled when, at the age of 17, he completed an exchange with a high school in Oregon in the USA.  There he worked as a reporter on a student newspaper for a year, and an equal passion for travel and journalism was born.


    Torbjoern’s written article combined his interest in writing with his fascination for history. While researching a feature piece for his university course, he decided to investigate what was happening at a local roundabout at Highbury Corner, which was being transformed.  He found that it played an interesting role in the second world war, and that became the focus of his entry to the competition.  He says, “Journalism exploring history, especially local history, is vital in preserving and enlightening newer generations about past struggles.  It is important to share stories that have an impact on the local community.”


    Judges said, “A rare youthful sally into making a connection between London’s past and present, the piece was well researched and brought life to the evolution of London’s environment. It stood out in the field for adding perspective to the way we live now”.


    Torbjoern is currently working part time for a regional newspaper north of Oslo, covering local stories across four big municipalities where he writes about a wide range of subjects from news to culture. He is also learning how in local news a reporter is required to become an expert in all aspects of journalism – photography, SEO, and publishing online as well as researching and writing high quality stories.


    He will be returning for his final year at City next year, after which he is still undecided whether to stay in London or return to Norway.  He dreams of a reporting job or something related to social media with a quality newspaper such as The Guardian or Telegraph, or perhaps writing for a travel or historical magazine.  He hopes to write about current affairs or produce features, especially covering culture, arts or history.


    Torbjoern’s written entry: Death From Above – Hitler’s Last Attempt at Breaking Britain

  • Valerio Esposito

    Winner of the Best Student Journalist Award sponsored by Newsweek Media Group

    Valerio studied Humanistics at his school in Naples and loved telling stories and writing.  He read books about famous Italian journalists and how they shed light on social issues and used their privileged position to help people find a voice, and decided to combine what he likes most with what he’s good at – to become a journalist.


    Wanting to find the best journalistic education he could, Valerio researched university courses and exciting place to live, and in 2015 he moved to London to complete a BA in Journalism at City, University of London.  While studying, he worked at the Sunday Times travel magazine, for the Times researching and fact checking, and freelancing as an election assistant for outside broadcasts at the BBC.  He also started work on St John’s Street News, a hyperlocal website reporting on local community issues around Islington and Hackney, first as a reporter and more recently as Editor. There he coordinates a group of student journalists covering stories that are not covered by mainstream outlets.


    The inspiration for his video came after hearing about Sadiq Khan’s plan to install more ‘changing places toilets’ in London. Wanting to investigate the importance of these facilities and what they represent for people with multiple and profound disabilities, he found that small things can have a big impact on the quality of life and dignity of disabled people and their families. He says that this is not an issue normally tackled by mainstream media, and he has produced a range of other articles on related disability themes.


    Judges said, “This was a very impressive campaign video. Valerio has told an excellent story about a subject rarely touched. He chose good interviews and a variety of shots were used to help illustrate the problem.  This is an important and different subject that the community needs to know and learn about.  Valerio has excellent journalistic potential.”


    Valerio loves how journalism has helped him develop expertise in many areas, and he is fascinated by social issues and connections between people. Although print journalism is what he fell in love with when younger, he now wants to work in broadcast and more visual journalism, and he has recently started work as a script assistant at Sky News.


    Valerio’s video entry: Meet the disability campaigners fighting for more changing places in London


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 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 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 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

 Based in London, Update News is an online news organisation whose team is entirely made up of young people who want to gain more experience in the media industry by learning as they go along. It aims to provide reliable, accurate, balanced and impartial news to young people through social media and benefit the community by getting more teenagers involved in news, both in front and behind the camera.

Update News reporters focus on London, but also report from different locations in the UK and around the world. They use brand new technology to broadcast live on Facebook, Twitter, Periscope and YouTube pages whenever breaking news happens.

Update News Producer and London Voices judge Jamie Moreland has just completed his Media Production studies at the BRIT School and is now working at BBC London.  Along with producing Update News, he was also Series Producer at monthly magazine TV show The BRIT Live. 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.

Find out more about the London Voices journalism competition by checking out some of our great video clips below.

Video of workshop event at London South Bank University
Find out about the 2018 competition
Interview with all the 2017 Winners
Interview with London Voices manager, previous winner Seren Morris and sponsor Jamie Moreland

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Past Winners

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