05 OCT 2017

News in the making...

Kent Messenger Column – 05-10-17

Last week I used this column to champion the importance of inspiring new generations to take an active interest in politics. This week an opportunity has arisen for young people in our community to do just that and I felt compelled to write about it.

The Political Studies Association are launching their annual competition for students in post 16 education. The competition is designed to provide an exciting chance for young people to engage with a political concept by researching, designing and creating a video.

This year, students are asked to explore the question: 'Fake News: Is this the end of facts?' Submissions should focus on examining what fake news is, what effect it may be having on the political landscape and what it means for expert opinion and 'factual' knowledge.

'Fake News' clearly represents one of the defining issues of our generation. It cuts to the heart of many major recent political events; including the EU referendum and, of course, the election of Trump in the USA. It represents a significant challenge for politicians and the media alike. This competition provides an excellent platform for our young people to research and present on such an important and controversial topic.

The winners of the contest will receive a week's work experience with the YouGov political team during their school holidays and shortlisted finalists will be invited to the Palace of Westminster to discuss their ideas with an expert panel. This is a fantastic prize and would be a great experience for any young person with a political interest.

It would be superb to see a high number of entries from students across Maidstone and the Weald and even better to see a first time winner from within our community. You can find out more about the competition by clicking here

If there is anything my team and I can do to help with your creations then please do let me know. Good luck!

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