O2 Media Awards reward young communicators

O2 has introduced a new award category in this year’s Media Awards for Yorkshire and Humber. Aimed at 13-25 year olds, the award will recognise the work of young people who are using communication skills to make a difference in their communities.

The Think Big award will be presented alongside 15 other journalism awards to celebrate the work of those working in print and broadcast industries.

An independent judging panel will decide which of the Think Big nominated projects takes the prize.  Entries must have been chosen and run by young people themselves but can involve any form of communication skill, from creating a community newsletter to through to photography or film making.

The winning young people will be invited to the O2 Media Awards and rub shoulders with the region’s best-known newspaper journalists and broadcasters. The winning scheme will also be featured during the glittering award ceremony.

The winner will receive a £300 cash award, training, advice and mentoring from a media professional. The winner will also receive a free laptop computer and free broadband usage for a year.

In addition to the cash injection, the young participants will then have the chance to apply for a further £2,500 Think Big grant, along with a comprehensive package of training and support, to further boost their project.

The deadline for the Think Big award is 14th June 2010.

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