What do I do?

BREAKING NEWS: WAR IS OVER! 2018 Learning Competition is your chance to imagine how you would report the end of the First World War if it happened in 2018. For our exciting competition we’d like you to produce your own news report announcing the end of the First World War. You might want to record a video, write a press article or online news piece, produce a blog or put together a series of social media posts.


Closing date: Friday 7th December 2018

Winners announced: May 2019



How do I enter?

Download your information pack and a competition entry form. The information pack provides guidance on producing your news report – as well as some expert tips from well-known STV News anchor John MacKay!

If submitting digitally, please upload both your entry and completed application form via the button below:

Who can enter?

Our competition is open to P4-S3 pupils and entries will be judged across two categories: Primary (P4-P7) and Secondary (S1-S3). You can enter as an individual or as a group (of no more than 10 pupils). A winner will be chosen from each of the two categories from an online public vote.


What do I win?

STV News is offering an exclusive prize for the winners of each category – a special visit to its news studios, where they will be able to share their report with STV News anchors, and learn professional tips on how to make and present the news! Runners-up will receive a prize.

Top tips from STV News anchor John MacKay!

John MacKay is the news anchor on STV News at Six and the presenter of STV’s Scotland Tonight, Scotland’s most-watched current affairs programme. He has been the face of STV News for many years, presenting both from the studio and directly from the scenes of major stories across Scotland and Europe.

John’s tips on how to produce a winning news report are:

  • What is your best image? Start with that.
  • Pictures sometimes say more than words. Don’t overwrite.
  • Keep it simple.
  • Do you understand the story? If you don’t, nobody else will.
  • Stories appear differently in papers, on radio, on TV and online. Change your approach for each outlet.
  • Use every tool you can to grab attention – words, pictures, videos, graphics, headlines.

This is an exciting opportunity for YOU to create your own news report whilst exploring the question,

“Why do conflicts arise, how do they develop and how are they resolved?”

We are here to help!

Please get in touch if you have any questions or ideas to discuss:


0141 338 6586