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EcoStar competition for young journalists

Is our environment important to you? Do you believe that the media can make a difference to climate change? Well here is your chance to get your voice heard and make a difference. 

EcoStar is a new competition created by the University of Winchester– the university for sustainability and social justice – and the Hampshire Chronicle to identify the next generation of environmental journalists. Inspired by Greta Thunberg’s declaration that “you are never too small to make a difference”, we are looking for stories of local people or places that are making a positive change.

It could be someone who regularly litter picks in your local park, a neighbour who looks after injured hedgehogs or waste ground that has been transformed into a haven for plants and animals.  

Once you’ve found your local EcoStar you just need to write an article of 500 words telling us why you think that place or person is special. 

The winner will receive £100 in book vouchers and have their article published in the Hampshire Chronicle. Three runners up will have their articles published on the Winchester Journalism website (WINOL) and receive £20 each in book vouchers.

The competition is open to 16 to 18-year-olds living or studying in Hampshire and the deadline for entries is midday on 15th November.

To enter, please send your 500-word article to: Please put EcoStar as the subject of your email and include your name and the town you live in.

If you would like to learn more about the award-winning Journalism courses we run at the University of Winchester, please check out course information pages here.

Terms and conditions

The article must be entirely the work of one individual – it is not a group project.

Students must not infringe copyright laws – which basically means they cannot use anyone else’s work.

The article should not contain any pictures/ photographs.

The decision of the judges is final and cannot be appealed.

The Hampshire Chronicle reserves the right to edit the article as is normal with any journalistic article. The Chronicle also reserves the right to publish the article in whichever edition of the paper it choses.

The winner and runners up will be notified by 22ndNovember.