How to take part
It is easy to take part in Young Reporters Scotland.
- Register - you'll receive a helpful guide to putting your report together (and 50 Young Scot points!).
- Choose your theme - Check out our monthly themes for inspiration of environmental topics to report on (although you can choose any sustainability issue that matters to you and your community).
- Choose your media type - you can write an article or blog post, take photographs or make a video.
- Investigate an issue -
- Research background information to your topic.
- Speak to key individuals and groups who are related to the issue - those who cause the issue or those affected by it.
- Conduct surveys, questionnaires and interviews to obtain first-hand information.
- Research solutions - Identify possible solutions to the issue, evaluating their pros and cons.
- Share your report -report your findings to your local community (through social media, local newspapers, radio stations or newsletter).
- Enter the competition - submit your report along with a media permissions form to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win great prizes and be featured as the report of the month.
- Written entries must not exceed 1,000 words in length and can include up to three illustrations and photographs. The source of all non-original illustrations must be given.
- Photographic entries should be accompanies by a title ad a short caption (max 150 words) explaining its link to environmental sustainability and/or a solution to the issue.
- Video entries should be no longer than three minutes and be a reporter/interviewer style documentary. (Please remember that it is illegal to copy of use copyright-protected music. we cannot accept videos with copyrighted music.)
- Your age will be taken as the day you submit your entry and will define what category you enter. If you enter as part of a group, the age of the oldest member of the team will determine the age category.
As a Young Reporter, you may wish to visit a site you are investigating, do some internet research or speak to people to find out what they think. All of these activities carry some level of risk - you should make sure you think about these, and stay safe. Here are few general rules we advise you to follow:
- If you are under 16, make sure you have permission from your parent/guardian for your activity and that they are aware of where you are going and when you will be back.
- Never go into someone’s house alone if you don’t know them. If you are meeting a person you don’t know to interview them, make sure this is in a public place.
- Always let someone know where you're going and what time you'll get back.
- If you are investigating an issue on a site, look out for hazard signs and follow their warnings.
- If you are carrying out an individual investigation, consider taking a friend with you.
- Always take your mobile phone or change for a pay phone in case of emergencies.
- The ThinkUKnow website is full of advice on how to stay safe online and where to get help if you need it.