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BUDDING journalists who have a nose for news and a passion for finding stories in the Portsmouth area have the chance to win £250 in a national competition.

The National Council for the Training of Journalists has today launched its Stars of the Future contest to celebrate 60 years of providing training to reporters.

Young journalists are getting the chance to enter a story of around 200 words on a local issue, which has not been reported on previously, containing an original quote.

The winning entry will be published and will also be put forward to the national final, to be in with a chance of winning £250. And as an extra prize, The News is offering our winner the chance to spend a day in the newsroom and meet the team.

Emma Hart, of the NCTJ, said: ‘We’re celebrating 60 years of delivering quality journalism training and this special competition is part of the anniversary celebrations.

‘The aim is to educate students about training opportunities, increase their awareness of the career paths available in journalism and provide information about getting into the industry.’

Applicants must be aged 16 to 18 and have until May 27 to submit entries. Stories should be emailed to priya.mistry@thenews.co.uk.

For full terms and conditions go nctj.com/awards/stars-future

How to enter

All entries must be original, unpublished stories, of around 200 words on local issues.

Entries should not be extracts from longer works and writers can submit one entry only.

Closing date for entries is Friday, May 27, 2011.

A regional winner will be picked in the week beginning June 13 and the national winner on July 1.

Winners agree to participate in publicity events in connection with the competition.

Employees of the NCTJ, The News and their immediate family are excluded from entering.

Winning entries will be published on nctj.com