Have you ever dreamt of becoming a journalist? If so, now is the time to grab your paper pad and favourite pen and start thinking of the things that you’re passionate about. STABILO and First News are looking for the next budding journalist to take to the stand and show their passion for writing! There have been some amazing entries over the years, so can you step up and go bigger and better than ever before? Don’t wait around, get your entries in today!

If you love to share your thoughts and views on things that are important to you, be it in your own town or further afield, this is the perfect opportunity for you to do so. Are you passionate about a certain subject? Or want to raise awareness of a project or cause that is close to your heart? We want to hear about it, whatever it may be!

The lucky winner of STABILO’s Young Journalist of the Year competition will win a fabulous bundle of STABILO stationery products worth £1,000 for their school AND will also get their column published in First News - amazing! Runners up will receive a STABILO goodie bag filled wonderful products, so don’t worry you won’t miss out.

  • Simply download the entry form. Fill in your details, get your guardian to sign it and then use the space provided to write your news story in no more than 300 words. You can use extra paper if you need it.
  • Stories must be hand-written – not typed!
  • All entries will be judged by a team of writing experts from First News and STABILO.
  • Send your entry form and story to STABILO Young Journalist of the Year, STABILO UK Sales Office, Building 1 - Concorde Park, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 4BY
  • The deadline for entries is 26th July 2019.
  • Winner will be notified by 23rd August 2019.
  • Full terms and conditions can be found here.
Need a little help getting started? The experts at STABILO have pulled together their top five column tips:
Bring your column to life with pictures!
Write about something important to you - if it’s something you feel strongly about, it will show in your writing.
Get familiar with what you’re doing! Get familiar with magazines, newspapers and online media to get a feel for the different ways that news is reported.
Keep your eyes and ears open, you never know when or where the perfect story will come from!
Not sure what to write about? Here are a few ideas to get you going…
  • Sports events
  • Music culture
  • Climate change
  • Natural Disasters
  • Brexit
  • Politics
  • Social media

Of course, you can write about whatever you like.

A column is an article where the writer gives their opinion on an important issue. You can find columns in newspapers, magazines and on websites. All sorts of people have written columns, including many famous people. Among these are activist for female education Malala Yousafzai, national star Georgia Toffolo and Jacqueline Wilson has her own magazine!