Reporting on an exciting news story is a thrilling challenge. But it’s also the gateway to a career as a journalist, one of the world’s most interesting and important jobs.
From local problems like litter on your street or problems with your public transport links, through national issues like education and healthcare, and on to worldwide problems like the climate emergency or global peace: whatever your choice of news, we look forward to receiving your live report!
Timing in the 15-18 Years category
Report on a local, national or global news story for 5 minutes.
What we reward
- A clear explanation of the key facts about your chosen story: who, what, where, when, why (and so on)
- Interesting details which further engage your audience
- Some use of relevant sources
- Language, facial expressions and body language which are suited to your story, and to your genre of news report
- A well-thought out structure with a clear beginning, middle and end.
Enter as an individual
Individuals can enter Live News Report (15-18 Years) in one of the events below. A session given as 0800 UTC / 0900 BST starts at 0800 Coordinated Universal Time (formerly known as ‘Greenwich Mean Time’) and 0900 British Summer Time.
- Events with a red border take place in the afternoon/evening in Asia and Australasia, and in the morning in Europe and Africa
- Events with a blue border take place in the afternoon/evening in Europe and Africa, and in the morning or early afternoon in the Americas
- If you’re confused about timings and time zones, you can read more about festival scheduling.
Sunday 12 May at 0800 UTC / 0900 BST
Sunday 12 May at 1600 UTC / 1700 BST
Monday 13 May at 1600 UTC / 1700 BST
Wednesday 15 May at 0900 UTC / 1000 BST
You will be asked to provide more information about the entrant (name, date of birth, any special educational needs or disabilities) before you check out.
Once you’ve entered, you can start getting ready for your session. You can use our handy tips to prepare for the Festival. Or why not book one of our 1-to-1 or small group practice sessions?
Enter a group
In previous years, we’ve had everything from a small club of 6 students, to institutions with over 150 entries, maximising participation in oratory from across their school. This year, if you like, we can also try to pair you with another group from a different country.
In any one session, you can enter both different age groups and any mix of categories across either Poetry/Prose/Acting or Public Speaking/News. Sessions longer than an hour can be broken up so each student doesn’t have to be on the Zoom call for too long.
Age ranges and rules
- All entries are subject to our friendly and encouraging rules.
- Entrants must be within the age bands on the first day of the festival. For example, to qualify as “15-18 Years Old”, you must have your 15th birthday on or before 9 May 2024, and your 19th birthday must be after 9 May 2024.
Book an online coaching session
Would you like to book a Zoom coaching session for some extra help preparing for the Festival? One of our fun and engaging expert coaches will help you practise for your category in 1-on-1 Zoom sessions, or with up to three of your friends. You’ll build your skills, and gain confidence for your Festival performance.
- Coaching costs £25 per 30 minute session, or
- Special offer: £20 per 30 minute session (£5 off) if you purchase them at the same time as entering any of our Oratory Festival categories! (Discounts will be applied at the checkout, you can book as many coaching sessions as you like).
If you’ve any questions about entering this category, or anything else to do with the International Oratory Festival, you can contact us at email@example.com, or by using the form below.