So, you’re thinking about becoming a journalist…

If you are a teenager who daydreams about breaking news, Pulitzer-winning articles, long evenings spent on thorough investigations, unsavoury amounts of coffee, legal battles for secrets to be revealed, reporting from places es where history is made… You’re in the right place.

The good news is that newsrooms are waiting. The media industry is always hungry for talented, hardworking people of all backgrounds.

Not sure? The good news is that the cornerstones of journalism are truthfulness, critical thinking and clarity of expression. There is no walk of life where these qualities are not appreciated.

All you need to do is start. We are here to help you take the first step — online or in person, in a group or individually — towards your first article.

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Latest news

The Harbinger Prize 2023: the competition is open!

We’re on the lookout for great stories – five subject lines, five categories, and a prize pot with £25,000 in education in journalism. The competition is open to all students in their last years of education, regardless of their country of residence. Students have until noon on August 15, 2023, to submit their work. This updated article contains full Terms & Conditions.
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The Harbinger Prize 2023: BBC's Kasia Madera chairs the Reporting category

Kasia Madera is a BBC News presenter with over 20 years of broadcasting experience. A regular anchor of many of the BBC's flagship programmes, at the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Kasia was one of the first international journalists to report live from the Poland-Ukraine border.
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The Harbinger Prize 2023: Health Policy Watch editor Kerry Cullinan to chair the Science jury

Kerry Cullinan is a multi-award winning South African journalist and media professional with more than 15 years’ experience in executive management.
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The Harbinger Prize 2023: Stirling University Professor Toni Haastrup chairs the Humanities jury

Toni Haastrup is Professor in International Politics at the University of Stirling, Scotland. She is an internationally recognised expert, a former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Common Market Studies and currently an Associate Editor of Security Dialogue.
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The Harbinger Prize 2023: ABC News’ Kuba Kaminski to chair the Reportage Photography jury

Currently documenting Russia’s full-scale aggression against Ukraine for ABC News, Kuba Kaminski is an award-winning photographer and documentalist with nearly 20 years of experience.

New group of Ukrainian teenagers joined Harbingers’ Magazine

Sofia, Tosha and Mykyta started their journalistic education. They joined a group of Ukrainian refugee teenagers already involved in the project — including Sofia Radysh, whose work secured her a year-long tenure as the editor-in-chief of Harbingers‘ Magazine, and Sofiya Tkachenko, who is currently the Newsletter and Social Media editor and the first recipient of the Harbingers' Scholarship.

‘Underground’ class of journalism in English for teenage girls in Afghanistan

Five girls aged from 14 to 18 began their weekly classes in journalism in English as a result of a partnership between LEARN Afghan and the Oxford School for the Future of Journalism.
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Oxford Summer School

  • Harbingers’ Magazine Newsroom Experience 2023
    August 3 - August 15, 2023
    Oxford, United Kingdom

    For the second time, Harbingers’ Magazine opens its pop-up newsroom in Oxford. Join us from the 3rd until the 15th of August to experience daily editorials, explore the medieval city housing one of the world‘s most famous universities and deliver quality articles for the magazine.

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Young energy, ideas and creativity. Professional standards, intellectual rigour and educational value.

Harbingers’ Magazine is the learning environment of the Oxford School for the Future of Journalism — an outlet where every article is a result of someone’s learning process.

The idea behind the magazine is simple: the youngest generation needs its own outlet, a space where they can discuss things important to them and take their first steps as journalists.

We invite you to co-create the magazine. Whether you will be our writer, editor or illustrator, professionals with years of experience will be there to support you every step of the way.

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Our Experts

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    Tatev Hovhannisyan

    Europe & Eurasia Editor, openDemocracy
    2022 Emma Goldman Award

    Tatev Hovhannisyan

    Europe & Eurasia Editor, openDemocracy
    2022 Emma Goldman Award

    An Armenian investigative journalist and editor, Tatev is currently openDemocracy’s Europe and Eurasia editor on the Tracking the Backlash project. She has 13 years of editorial experience, and her writing has appeared in numerous international media outlets, including the BBC, Euronews, and the Guardian. Tatev is also a lecturer at the Yerevan Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences.

    In 2022, she won an Emma Goldman Award for innovative research on feminist and inequality issues in Europe – the first time a journalist has won the award.

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    Stanislaw Skarzynski

    UK Correspondent, Gazeta Wyborcza
    Grand Press News Award 2016

    Stanislaw Skarzynski

    UK Correspondent, Gazeta Wyborcza
    Grand Press News Award 2016

    Since 2019, Stanislaw has served as the UK and international affairs correspondent for Poland’s largest newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza.

    During a career spanning over 15 years, he was a co-founder and deputy editor-in-chief of the NGO-run fact-checking and investigative journalism outlet, and a managing editor of the Gazeta Wyborcza opinion section. His articles appeared in Die Welt, Le Figaro, and The Diplomat; he also commented for the BBC.

    In 2021, Stanislaw launched Harbingers’ Magazine and, in the following year, The Oxford School for the Future of Journalism.

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    Sarah Hussain

    Specialist reporter
    2022 NQJ Media Law and Ethics in Practice Award

    Sarah Hussain

    Specialist reporter
    2022 NQJ Media Law and Ethics in Practice Award

    Before joining the OXSFJ, Sarah was a Specialist Reporter at Archant Media Group’s Eastern Daily Press, where she covered the cost of living crisis, deprivation and mental health, and the war in Ukraine. With almost a decade of experience in the industry, Sarah holds the Level 6 National Qualification in Journalism and received the 2022 NQJ Media Law and Ethics in Practice Award. She conducted high-profile interviews with Liz Truss, Jeremy Corbyn amongst others.


    Emily Whitehouse

    Fact-checker & Proofreader

    Emily Whitehouse

    Fact-checker & Proofreader

    Emily is an undergraduate psychology student at the University of East Anglia, with aspirations toward Educational psychology. At Harbinger’s Magazine, she teaches fact-checking and editing skills.

    Emily has worked across multiple colleges assisting students with disabilities and/or additional learning needs with mental health intervention and academic catch-up.

    Emily’s connection to literature comes in many forms; from writing and proofreading academic articles, to volunteering as a library assistant. In her free time, she is learning British Sign Language, alongside other creative pursuits of photography, and fashion design.

The Medium

When we daydream, our imagination takes a decade forward, to a world where people who made their first steps in journalism by joining Harbingers’ Magazine are spread throughout newsrooms all around the world and making their older colleagues start by rapidly shooting a hand up when the editor asks “who will pen the op-ed for tomorrow’s economy section” – and asking only: “four hundred words by 3 pm, right?”