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Competition for aspiring journalists, photographers and designers

Could your students design the newspaper front page of the future? Could they write a compelling article on today's burning social, business or political issue? Or take the photograph that captures the essence of the story behind the headlines?

The British Library is launching an exciting new competition to coincide with its Front Page exhibition, which brings to life the growth, development, rivalry and union of the newspaper industry in Britain over the last 100 years.

The competition has three categories: writing, photography and layout design. An innovative entry could win the chance to work on a national newspaper for a week, alongside the country's leading journalists, photographers and graphic designers. Or for an under-16 winner, digital equipment to help you on your way to a career in the media industry.

The lucky winners will be decided by some of the media industry's leading lights including Faisal Islam, Business Correspondent at Channel Four News and Young Journalist of the Year 2006, David Viggers, Head of Reuters UK Picture Desk, and Mark Porter, Creative Editor of the Guardian, whose team is behind the newspaper's new look. According to David Viggers, the judges will be looking for "original, thought-provoking entries that demand attention and carry on the tradition of newspapers to stimulate debate and nurture innovation".

The deadline for sending in an original article, photograph or front page layout is 5pm on Monday 7 August 2006. Winning entries will be published on the British Library website, and prizes awarded at a high profile London Design Festival event, hosted by the Library in late September.

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