Ju­nior jour­nal­ist

Do you dream of chang­ing the world? Per­haps you could be a…

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Do you care about the truth? Is there some­thing you think peo­ple don’t know enough about? Then maybe you should try writ­ing about real life and telling peo­ple what mat­ters to you.

Jour­nal­ists can play an im­por­tant part in our so­ci­ety, telling peo­ple what’s hap­pen­ing in the world and help­ing them to un­der­stand events. Be­ing young doesn’t mean you don’t know in­ter­est­ing things or have opin­ions that count.

Some peo­ple are nat­u­rally cu­ri­ous; they like to get to the bot­tom of things. Does that sound like you? Then you could be a jour­nal­ist. By start­ing to write when you are young, your writ­ing skills will de­velop, along with your abil­ity to in­ter­view peo­ple. If you want to be­gin writ­ing, you could start a newspaper with your friends. Each one of you could cover a dif­fer­ent topic or area that you think is in­ter­est­ing. Or you could en­ter this year’s Learn2Think Young Jour­nal­ist com­pe­ti­tion, with an ar­ti­cle that is up to 500 words long (see the box on the right for more in­for­ma­tion).

To re­ally make your mark, re­mem­ber to choose a sub­ject you feel strongly about, and then work on com­mu­ni­cat­ing that ex­cite­ment to read­ers. You will prob­a­bly write a stronger piece if you have some ex­pe­ri­ence in, or pas­sion about, your sub­ject, whether it’s about some­thing you can learn from the older gen­er­a­tion; mak­ing real change in your own com­mu­nity; or even things that are hap­pen­ing at your school.

Re­mem­ber, al­though a strong ar­gu­ment is im­por­tant, so are facts – the who, what, when, where, why and how. Some of what you write may be opinion but facts can only ever be cor­rect or in­cor­rect.

You could cre­ate a newspaper with

your friends.

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