After the huge success of 2016’s Young Journalist of the Year competition, we’re set for an even bigger and better 2017!

If you love writing, have the edge for finding an amazing news story and a passion for journalism, then make sure you enter our exciting competition. First News and STABILO are looking for young writers to step up and make their voices heard.

If you want to share your thoughts and opinions on stories that matter to you then this is a fantastic opportunity to do so. You may want to write about something that is currently happening in your local area or school that you’re concerned about, or 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 stupendous STABILO goodie bag filled with our top products.

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Need a little help getting started? The experts at STABILO have pulled together their top four column tips:
Top 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 makes you feel strongly, 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 at all times - You never know when the perfect story is going to materialise!
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 and celebrity vlogger Zoella.