FutureNEWS - inspiring the next broadcast journalists
Alex Salmond with some of the young journalists from across the commonwealth at FutureNEWS 2014 HQ in Glasgow
TINOPOLIS INTERACTIVE HAS GREAT SUCCESS AFTER THE LAUNCH OF FUTURENEWS AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES.
Throughout the Commonwealth games, 100+ budding young journalists from over 15 commonwealth countries gathered in Glasgow to take part in a groundbreaking new project called FutureNEWS. Supported with technical training and editorial mentoring from top industry professionals, the delegates reported daily, representing their countries via the virtual newsroom.
The Future News projects was led by Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council in partnership with the British Council, the Herald & Times Group, Thomson Reuters and Tinopolis Interactive, the sister company to Host Broadcaster of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Sunset + Vine. Future News 2014 was built on the hugely successful Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival which attracts 42,000 participants each year, including over 12,000 children and young people as part of its free schools programme.
Endorsing the initiative, Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief, Guardian News & Media, said: “Press freedom and ethical reporting are of crucial importance not only here in the UK, but across the world. While on this project the young journalists were able to discuss these issues and more."
“This was at the very heart of the values of the Commonwealth Games and I was delighted to support such an innovative and important project.”
Councillor Archie Graham, the Chair of Glasgow Life and Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, said:
“The eyes of the world were on Glasgow during the Games and we were delighted to have the next generation of global journalists and citizens at the heart of the action. Together, these young people had the chance to share their experience and learn about the importance of freedom of the press and ethical reporting on this project."
Adam Edwards, Creative Director at Tinopolis Interactive, said:
“A fantastic project, we are proud to be a key stakeholder and to apply our skills and technologies to enable the wider Commonwealth discussion.”
Other partners involved in the project included BBC Scotland, DC Thomson and STV along with The Royal Commonwealth Society, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee.
Conference Director and Herald & Times Group managing editor, Tom Thomson said:
“This was an unique and ambitious international project that put Glasgow and Scotland firmly on the map. We hope Glasgow’s Future News programme becomes a regular feature of the international media landscape.
“The aspiring journalists had a rare opportunity to meet leading media practitioners, learn the basics of the business and also consider the ethics and value of a free press to society,”
Eileen Gallagher, Independent Director on the Glasgow 2014 Board and Chair of the Ceremonies, Culture and Queen’s Baton Relay Committee, said:
“The International Young Journalists’ Conference was an outstanding opportunity for the journalists of the future to learn more about what it means to be a reporter. The Commonwealth Games was reported all over the world and this conference was able to inspire hundreds of young people to become the next generation of journalists.”
Since the Games, the young journalists have received ongoing support through a variety of placement and mentoring opportunities, developed in conjunction with local and national media partners, colleges and universities.
Lloyd Anderson, the Director of the British Council in Scotland, said:
“Future News provided an unique opportunity for the next generation of journalists from the Commonwealth to start learning their trade around one of the world's biggest sporting and cultural events of 2014. Journalism has always been viewed as a bastion of democracy and it has continued to uphold the values of the Commonwealth Charter, including human rights, freedom of expression, and good governance."