Calling all aspiring young journalists

CALLING all ‘big mouthed teenagers’ in the Banbridge district - this is your chance to shout about issues concerning you, writes Barbara Fegan.

Face Up,‘The number one student magazine in Ireland’ is interested in hearing from teenagers in the area who have something interesting or topical to say about their life, school, hobby or community.

The magazine, which is published monthly and circulated throughout Ireland tackles issues that concern young people and is written in a style that teenage readers can relate to. Depression, bullying, self-esteem, drugs, alcohol abuse and suicide, are only some of the topics that Face Up have tackled in the past.

Paul Copeland, Business Manager for the magazine is encouraging Banbridge teenagers to get involved as it looks great on a CV and would be a fantastic start to a career in journalism.

He said: “Journalism is a fast-moving and dynamic profession. There will always be a wide range of opportunities for young people interested in this area - traditional media, such as newspapers and magazines, television, radio or online journalism.”

Speaking about the success of Face Up, which has been operating for over 10 years, Paul said the magazine is a hit with young people because, “We provide lively and relevant content for teenagers, with many articles written by young people themselves. We also spend a lot of time making sure the design is just right.”

Face Up won an ‘ISTD INternational Design Award’ in 2009. Paul has discovered that over the years although students enjoy reading about fashion, current trends and media personalities, hard hitting topics such as depression and bullying are more popular with young readers.

The magazine is sold by subscription to young people and also into schools, youth organisations and church groups. It is subscribed to readers across County Down and Paul is happy to offer any school in the Banbridge area a free trial of the magazine.

For young people looking to get involved, email your articles to £70 is paid for any story that is published and articles should be around 800 words. So get the pens out and start writing about what matters to you.