New Journalism Now Scholar competition

Our Journalism Now Scholar competition gives one journalist the chance to win an all-expenses-paid place on the 2018 Thomson Foundation summer course.

Every summer, international journalists come to London to attend Thomson Foundation's digital and multimedia course. The result is a unique community that now extends to hundreds of journalists worldwide, all with cutting-edge skills in different media.

One competition winner – along with a cohort of international journalists all looking to sharpen their multiplatform skills – is given the opportunity to come to London and spend five weeks working with top industry mentors. 

With a mixture of masterclasses, workshops and practical training and a week's placement at a leading UK media organisation, this is our biggest-ever competition prize with a total value of £11,000.

This competition is now closed. For notification and updates on the shortlist and winner, sign up to our newsletter.


2018 winner

Meehika Barua, India

Learn more about our 2018 Journalism Scholar winner here.

I was happy to be completing courses designed by leading journalists, with experts from The Guardian, BuzzFeed and BBC.

Meehika Barua, Journalism Now Scholar winner, 2018





How to enter: Journalism Now Scholar

Prize: Participation in Thomson Foundation's digital and multimedia summer course – a five-week long intensive training programme in London from August to September, with a week's work experience in a UK media organisation.

Here's how to enter, in three steps:

1) Enrol on your first Journalism Now online course (if you haven't already enrolled on a course). You can browse through all of our live courses here.

2) Once you've enrolled on a course of your choice, log in to the Journalism Now platform (details on how to log in will be given once you enrol), find the Journalism Now Scholar channel and register your intent to participate in the competition by posting a piece of work that you have completed.

3) Next, you need to complete FIVE courses successfully. All of our Journalism Now courses are self-paced. Some courses can be completed within three hours over multiple sessions, others up to six hours, on average. 


Special access and rates for courses:

Take advantage: We have a mixture of free and paid-for online courses available. Successfully complete two free courses and you can choose a third paid-for course of your choice for free.

How you will be assessed:

The Thomson Foundation summer course team will look at the participants with the highest grade average, the quality of the work submitted, as well as your Journalism Now forum score (generated by your activity levels within the Journalism Now platform). The top performer will win a place on this year's summer course!

Please note, this competition is now closed. For notification and updates on the shortlist and winner, sign up to our newsletter.



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 winner is 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 another winner.
  • Only one entry per person. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed.
  • 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 is subject to a successful visa application, is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and not redeemable for cash or other prizes.
  • The winner 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 winner's 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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