Journalism Now World Team Challenge

Form a team, create a media brand, publish, learn and shake the world!

Our Journalism Now Team Challenge gives a group of participants the chance to win an all-expenses-paid one week UK work-study trip in London during the autumn of 2019. Best regional performers will also be chosen and honoured and prizes will be awarded for exceptional content.

It's your chance to create a media brand on a social media page, channel or other medium of your choice with mentoring from our Journalism Now experts. 

Successfully completing the competition will also earn participants a multimedia journalism certificate worth 50 hours of CPD (continuing professional development).

The date for registering your interest in the competition has now passed. If you'd like updates on the participating teams, their media brands and content, join the Journalism Now community for free. Apply for access here.






How to enter: Journalism Now World Teams Challenge

Prize: London one-week UK media study tour for winning group as well as monthly prizes for outstanding performers. Access to premium online content, exclusive interactive live sessions and mentorship with leading media practitioners.


Here's how to enter, in three steps:

1) Form a group made up of a minimum of three and a maximum of five members of practising or aspiring journalists and register using the following form: 

Group members do not need to be based in the same location as long as you are able to collaborate. If you are not able to form a team, apply as an individual and we will help you form a group with other individual applicants.

2) Once you've registered, you will be invited into Journalism Now where a team space will be set up for you and where you will receive instructions on how to successfully complete the competition.

3) Next, you will work with your team to create a dynamic media brand (eg web based, on social media or other medium of your choice) to serve an audience that you will identify. We will offer guidance and online learning opportunities to help you create, publish, and distribute your content to your designated audience, using analytics and feedback to improve your chances for success.


Special access to courses and other resources:

To help you create the best content and really capture your community's attention, we will offer you free access to online course content from Thomson Foundation's courses, opportunities for mentorship and interactive lives with Thomson Foundation experts like award winning journalist Ewen MacAskill.

How you will be assessed:

A panel of distinguished journalists will join the Thomson Foundation team in reviewing and evaluating the content you produce. The winners will be selected based on the quality of the content as well as the degree of success in realising your ambition taking into consideration your unique circumstances and context.

Dates and deadlines:

To participate, you will need to enrol in the competition by March 1st 2019.

Once you have enrolled, you will receive details of your first task which you will need to complete as a group by March 18th 2019.

The competition will close July 1st 2019 and regional and overall winners will be announced mid-July.

 The work-study trip to the UK will take place in Autumn 2019. 

About Journalism Now

Journalism Now is a series of online interactive courses designed and led by industry experts providing the latest in digital and multimedia skills. The global learning environment gives exclusive access to live training and mentoring sessions, run by leading journalists, and a unique knowledge-sharing platform. 




Terms, help and questions

For any queries relating to your application for the Journalism Now Scholar competition, please email:

The small print:

  • The competition is open to entrants aged 18 or over.
  • The winners are responsible for ensuring they are able to accept the prize as set out and in accordance with these terms and conditions. In the event they are unable to do so, then Thomson Foundation reserves the right to select other winners.
  • Only one entry and one group per person. Groups must be made up of a minimum of three participants and no more than five. (If you cannot form a group, let us know and we will connect you with other participants to help you form a group).
  • Thomson Foundation accepts no responsibility for entries that are delayed or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason.
  • The prize in autumn 2019 is subject to successful visa applications, is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and not redeemable for cash or other prizes.
  • The winners may be required to take part in promotional activity related to the competition and shall participate in such activity on Thomson Foundation's reasonable request. The winner will consent to the use by Thomson Foundation of the winners' images, name and voice for publicity purposes (in any medium, including still photographs and videos, online, including the websites hosted by Thomson Foundation), and in marketing and promotional material.
  • Thomson Foundation will take care of any personal information supplied to it as described in its privacy policy, and in accordance with data protection legislation. By entering the competition, you agree to the collection, retention, usage and distribution of your personal information in order to process and contact you about your competition entry, and for the purposes outlined in the above bullet point.
  • Entrants into the competitions shall be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.









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