The BBC has announced a UK-wide talent scheme to find young climate reporters.
The unique training and mentorship opportunity is open for 18-24 year-olds, in a bid to put young voices at the centre of climate reporting and help develop and nurture diverse new talent.
The BBC is on the hunt for young talented storytellers who want to work in the media and will become part of the popular Young Reporter programme.
The 22 successful applicants will take part in a series of workshops and receive expert coaching from BBC staff on storytelling and will be given practical steps on how to pursue a career in journalism.
Each person chosen will be paired with a BBC staff mentor, who will guide them on how to produce original stories about sustainability and climate change.
All the reports will be part of the BBC’s Our Planet Now Coverage of The UN Climate Change Conference of Parties, set to take place in Glasgow in November 2021.
Applicants must be aged 18-24 and submit a story about climate change that is relevant to them or the area they live in.
They must also create a short video or audio clip that demonstrates their storytelling and broadcasting abilities.
In partnership with BBC Scotland, the scheme will select five young people from Scotland with the aim that at least one will be a Gaelic speaker.
The other young reporters will represent all areas of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Rhodri Talfan Davies, the BBC’s Director Nations, commented: “This new training initiative from Young Reporter is all about giving talented young storytellers from across the UK access to the media industry, and the opportunity to learn from established BBC journalists.”
BBC Young Reporter – Climate Stories is now open for applications and closes on 5 September, with the winners announced at the end of September.
For more information and to enter, click here.