Young journalists


Juice Festival is looking for young people aged 16 - 25 to join our team of journalists to cover this year’s Festival and write for the Journal, Culture Magazine and our blog.

Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for people who are organised, motivated and enthusiastic who are interested in writing and sharing their opinions.

Don’t worry if you don’t have loads of experience. Don’t worry about sounding clever. Don’t worry about sounding like a reviewer. We’re interested in your voice and your take on events.

What you’ll be doing

  • Writing previews and reviews of Juice Festival events for The Journal newspaper and Culture magazine.
  • Those involved will also be writing for our popular blog, covering events before Juice Festival as well as during the festival period.
  • Contributing to Juice Festival social media channels on facebook, twitter and instagram.

What you’ll get out of it

  • Your writing published in print in Culture magazine, as well as online on the Juice Festival Blog.
  • FREE ENTRY to Juice Festival events you wish to review.
  • A great platform to help you develop your Journalism skills.
  • A visit to the ncjMedia building – where the Journal and Culture Magazine are published – and an opportunity to meet and question those who work on Culture magazine.
  • Arts Award – As part of the project, young journalists will work with Juice Festival to complete Bronze or Silver Arts Award.
  • A lasting relationship with Juice Festival and the opportunity to be involved in the wider festival and in the future.

What is Juice Festival?

Juice Festival is NewcastleGateshead's festival by and for children and young people. Taking place in cultural venues throughout the city, Juice Festival 2015 takes place from Saturday 24 October to Sunday 1 November.

Key Dates

  • Friday 21 August – Deadline for Applications
  • Wednesday 26 August – Successful applicants will be notified by this date.
  • Thursday 3 September – First Young Journalists meeting (venue tbc) and visit to ncjMedia building. Here we’ll decide on which events you will be previewing for the Culture magazine.
  • w/c Monday 14 September – Deadline for Culture Magazine Previews.
  • Monday 21 September – Decide which Festival events you want to review by this date.
  • Wednesday 7 October – Arts Award Workshop
  • Saturday 24 October - Sunday 1 November – Juice Festival Week – Young Journalists will visit events and write reviews.
  • Wednesday 11 November – Arts Award Skills Share Session
  • Wednesday 25 November – Arts Award Wrap Up Session
  • Friday 27 November – Arts Award Deadline

There is some level of flexibility with these dates so you won’t be ruled out if you can’t make every single one. If you’re interested in applying please complete the online form below – this doesn't take long and asks you a few questions about why you’d like to be involved. The deadline for applications is Friday 21 August at 5pm.

You can find out more about Juice Festival on our website and have a look at our blog for content ideas. We’re also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For any questions about applying to Juice Young Journalists, feel free to email

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