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Translink and Belfast Telegraph journalism competition now open for entries

Attention Teachers!


Do your students have what it takes to becoming budding little reporters?

Editor of the Belfast Telegraph, Gail Walker and Translink Group CEO Chris Conway were in Belfast today to announce the return of Translink Little Reporters in association with Belfast Telegraph, a journalism project for students aged 8 to 11 in Northern Ireland.



Following the enormous success of last year’s competition, the schools project which is designed for Key Stage 2 students, returns as part of the transport company’s annual Bus + Train Week initiative. The competition aims to give young people from here the chance to make their own news to real deadlines and broadcast it to a real life audience.

To take part, Primary 5, 6 and 7 classes are asked to produce news reports, photographs or videos to share with Belfast Telegraph readers which will tell them why public transport is so important to the people of Northern Ireland and why we should all get on-board. Entry Guidelines and teacher resources can be found here

Submissions will be judged by a team of experts from Belfast Telegraph and Translink, with one lucky class being crowned “Translink Little Reporters 2018”, receiving some brilliant prizes including a media toolkit for their class (iPad, microphone and tripod) in addition to a Masterclass with Belfast Telegraph journalists and a school trip to a top NI attraction. To top it off their work will also be published in the Belfast Telegraph for all our readers to see!



Speaking at the announcement, Chris Conway, Translink Group Chief Executive, said:

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“We are delighted to announce the Translink Little Reporters competition is back for 2018! The standard of entries last year was superb and we can’t wait to see what young editorial talent is out there this year, and reward them for their brilliant efforts.

Translink works closely with the media on a daily basis to keep the general public updated on key business developments and important public transport issues. This is why we are delighted to develop a schools programme, in partnership with Belfast Telegraph, which encourages news reporting and reading.

2018 is also NI Year of Infrastructure so we’d encourage schools to consider the important role public transport plays in connecting people and opportunities,” said Chris.

Gail Walker, Editor of the Belfast Telegraph, said: "This is a great opportunity for the journalists of the future to get a real insight into what it's like to report news and to create engaging and insightful content. They'll get the experience of working together as a team against the clock, just like in the Belfast Telegraph newsroom, and hopefully will bring in a few exclusives too. I'm looking forward to reading the end result."



Closing date for entries is 3pm on Friday 11th May. Entries can be submitted by email to or post to Little Reporters, Belfast Telegraph, 33 Clarendon Road, Clarendon Dock, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 3BG.

Winners will be announced during Bus & Train Week 2018 (4th - 10th June).

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