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Criteria for the Special Journalism category

TeenTech want to encourage young people to report on Science, Technology and Engineering stories. They can choose to tell us about world issues, local issues or even report on fun STEM experiments they have seen in school.  If schools are collaborating with students from another country for the Awards, students might consider using the relationship to research and stories together, using an ‘international’ reporter.

Students can enter as an individual or as a team of three.

The competition is open to 11-16 year olds.

The BBC School Report website offers some very helpful advice for young journalists and is well worth reading.

Judging criteria:

We will be looking for:

Stories that come alive in the telling and are accessible to people who may not understand anything about the subject area

      Good use of appropriate media

      Well written or well produced stories

      Factual accuracy

      A sense that the student has understood the topic

      Good use of research, preferably original research, to inform the story

 Students should upload their work by May 20th. They can enter a web report, a text piece, three minute video or three minute radio piece or a combination of media.

  • Max 1000 words
  • Max 3 minute video report
  • Max 3 minute radio report


We will select three finalists ( teams or individuals) who will be invited to the TeenTech Awards Ceremony and invited to report on the day using the media of their choice. They will be supported in this activity and there will be £1000 prize for the winning school and an Award for the Best Journalist.

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