Young Reporter Competition


The BBC is looking for young people aged 11-18 who want to report on a story or issue which is important to their life or the world around them.

The Young Reporter Competition gives young people like you a unique chance to tell their story on TV, radio, online or on social media with the help of BBC journalists, producers and programme makers.

To enter you need to send us an outline of the story idea online here before the closing date, Saturday 31 October 2020.

The most original and interesting stories will be put in front of a panel of presenters, reporters, senior editors and producers from programmes and platforms such as Newsbeat, Newsround, The One Show and BBC Three.

They will choose the most original and powerful stories – which will be made with the winning entrants and will be broadcast by the BBC on either TV, radio, online or social media platforms.

There will be national and regional winners so there are plenty of opportunities for you to get your story heard!

How to enter

To enter simply USE THIS FORM to send us an outline of what your story is - you can either write, record or film yourself telling us about this. Don’t worry too much about the style or the format at this stage - remember we don’t want the finished story just an outline of what it is about.

There are three story categories:

Me and my world: A true story about your life, or the world you live in. The story could be about your own identity, or about an issue or experience that impacts on you or your community. You need to show how your report on this story can reflect the wider situation, not just your own experience of it.

Uplifting: An uplifting story which is inspiring and upbeat. Have you or someone you know bought a positive change to another person’s life? Is there something uplifting happening in your local community you think should be reported on? The story has to be original. It can be about you, your friends or family, or someone in the wider area in which you live.

Coronavirus: How has the Coronavirus pandemic made a difference to your life? We are looking for a mix of positive, celebratory stories as well as looking at the challenging and negative impact it has particularly on young people’s lives. What changes to your life or your family and friends life have there been?

Stories will not be broadcast until all judging is completed, so remember your suggestion still needs to be interesting and relevant in March 2021.

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 be judged on editorial merit – that means the strength of story, originality, and the personal story or background around it. Judges will be looking for a range of diverse stories from across the UK.

The rules for the competition are here.

The privacy notice which tells you how we will use your information is here.

You can also apply to the BBC Young Reporter Competition in Welsh here.

Tips for entering

Remember we are looking for powerful personal stories and ideas related to subjects not usually broadcast on the BBC. They must be true.

The story must be original and about an issue or a personal experience or insight which has not been widely reported about before and/or reflects the life of the contributor or their friends and/or family.

You should state why you think you reporting of the story or issue will bring a unique perspective to it but also how you would widen your report to look at the issues around the subject.

Each entry will need to answer the following question: Why you want to share your story and what it would mean to you to share your story. That’s to give us a bit of background about why you want to tell this story, what it means to you – why is it relevant to you and your life?

Remember we don’t need the finished story, it is just the outline of it we want to hear about – so don’t worry too much about how it is written or recorded.

To inspire you here are some of the stories from previous competitions

Zoe produced a story with BBC Breakfast and Newsround talking about life with dwarfism
Football referee Ryan reported on the abuse he receives from players and spectators.
Niamh reported on how she supported her mother through her addiction to alcohol
Jake, Elliot and Jed shared their story about campaigning for a local skateboard park
Keziah wanted to raise the issue about the lack of black representation and diversity in books
Morgan reported about upskirting