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BBC Young Reporter Competition

BBC Young Reporter Competition 2022

The 2022 winners have been revealed!

Watch how one of the national winners found out the news.

What is the BBC Young Reporter Competition?

It is an annual opportunity for 11 to 18 year olds across the UK to submit an original story idea to the BBC.

BBC Young Reporter Competition winners will have the unique chance to tell their story on TV, radio, online or on social media with the help of BBC journalists, producers and programme makers.

Young people can enter in two age categories: 11-15 and 16-18.

There is one entry category: Me and My World

Entries should be an original and true story about your life, or the world you live in. It could be about your own identity or an issue or experience that impacts you or your community. You need to show how your report on this story can reflect the wider situation.

We want every 11-18 year old across the UK to have the opportunity to take part and suggest their original story idea to the BBC.

We do not look for finished reports but entries should just be an outline of a story idea. This can be submitted as a written description or audio or video clip.

Judging criteria and who are the judges?

Stories will be judged on editorial merit – that means the strength of story, originality, and the personal story or background related to it.

The judging process includes shortlisting and selecting national and regional winners and judges will be looking for a range of 40 diverse winning stories from across the UK.

Judges include editors editors from across the BBC as well as presenters and reporters, including Huw Edwards, Laura Kuenssberg, and Nikki Fox from BBC News, Radio 1's Greg James and Katie Thistleton, The One Show's Alex Jones, BBC Newsbeat's Roisin Hastie, and Newsround's Ricky Boleto.

All stories which reach the shortlist stage will be checked prior to final judging to make sure they are factually true, accurate and legally sound. So make sure yours is!

Stories will not be broadcast until all the judging is completed, so remember your suggestion still needs to be interesting and relevant in summer 2022 after the winners are announced in June.

Previous BBC Young Reporter Competition winners

2022 is the fourth year of the BBC Young Reporter Competition. See the winners here.

You can see some of the previous winners’ stories here and here.

Watch the BBC News special programme about the 2021 competition here.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about BBC Young Reporter Competition or you know of barriers to entry please contact a member of the team by emailing youngreportercompetition@bbc.co.uk

Find out more about the BBC Young Reporter project and year-round opportunities online here.

If you are a teacher or youth worker you can register to receive information and updates about BBC Young Reporter media skills and broadcast career opportunities here.

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