2017 saw some impressive entries, but we’re hoping for an even bigger and better 2018. Have you ever dreamed of becoming a journalist? Is writing your passion? Do you love digging deep for the latest scoop to create an amazing news story? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then make sure you enter our exciting Young Journalist of the Year competition! First News and STABILO are looking for young writers to step up and make their voices heard, so what are you waiting for?

If you want to share your thoughts and opinions on stories that matter to you then this is a fantastic opportunity to do so. Is something happening in your local area that you are passionate about? Or maybe something is happening at school that you are concerned about, or you want to raise awareness of a local hero who deserves recognition, perhaps it’s an issue affecting you, your family or your friends? Whatever it is, we want to hear about it!

The lucky winner of STABILO’s Young Journalist of the Year competition will not only get their own column published in First News, but will also win a fabulous bundle of STABILO stationery products worth £1,000 for their school. Runners up will receive a STABILO goodie bag filled wonderful products.

  • Please click here to 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, The Old Barn, Bennetts Close, Cippenham, Berkshire, SL1 5AP.
  • The deadline for entries is 7th July 2018.
  • 14th August 2018 - Winner will be notified.
  • 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:
Be snap happy and take some photos to support your story and bring it to life.
Write about something important to you - if it’s something you feel strongly about, it will show in your writing.
Read for inspiration! 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 the perfect story is going to materialise!!
Not sure what to write about? Here are a few ideas to get you going…
  • Bullying online
  • Animal welfare
  • Is social media a bad influence?
  • 100 Years of Equality for Women
  • Natural Disasters
  • Brexit
  • Politics

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 Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway, Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, celebrity vlogger Zoella and most recently, queen of the jungle - Georgia Toffolo.