Programme to find young journalists in the Western Isles

An international programme for young journalists is coming to the Western Isles for the first time.

Young Reporters for the Environment, which is being run in Scotland by the independent environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful, is aimed at young people aged between 11 and 21, and encourages them to investigate and report on issues around the environment.

Young reporters whose school or college applies to be part of the programme will be encouraged to investigate environmental issues, propose solutions and then publish a report, which may be traditional print journalism, photographic or video journalism.

Young Reporters for the Environment is linked closely to Eco-Schools, the programme designed to encourage whole-school action on sustainable development education issues, which is also run by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

There are 29 Eco-Schools throughout the Western Isles, including the Nicholson, Sgoil Lionacleit, Sir E Scott and Castlebay in Barra, which was awarded the prestigious Green Flag last year.

Dugald MacGilp, Development Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, said: “This is a fantastic new programme which will achieve the dual goals of raising environmental awareness and helping young people in the Western Isles develop a range of life skills.

“At Keep Scotland Beautiful, we’re very excited to be delivering this programme, which is going to complement our Eco-Schools programme, which is strong here in the Western Isles with 22 schools involved.

“We’d encourage local secondary schools in the Western Isles to participate in Young Reporters – it’s going to be a very rewarding programme.”