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Last Updated: Monday, 2 October 2006, 06:34 GMT 07:34 UK
News Academy for young reporters
BBC Wales Today presenter Jason Mohammad
Jason Mohammad is launching the competition at his old school
Secondary school pupils in Wales are being given the chance to become a TV reporter on BBC1 Wales' news programme Wales Today.

News Academy, launched on Monday, aims to find young reporting talent.

Wales Today presenter Jason Mohammad said: "We're adapting the competition element of programmes like Fame Academy to find young people who really want to tell interesting stories on TV."

Five winners will be given the chance to film their own TV news pieces.

News Academy is open to pupils in schools and colleges across Wales aged 11-18.

Jason will launch the competition on Monday night's Wales Today when he goes back to his old school, Glyn Derw High in Cardiff.

When he was a pupil, he edited the school newspaper and said it provided valuable journalistic experience when still young.

'Fantastic opportunity'

"Teenagers can have really fresh ideas and one thing's for sure - they are becoming more and more experienced at working with new technology," he said.

Entrants are being asked to come up with a story or issue that they want to share with the nation before the 20 October closing date.

Once all the entries are in, Wales Today will pick two finalists from the five Where I Live regions across Wales.

The 10 finalists will be invited to Cardiff to put their ideas to a judging panel which will then choose a winner from each region.

For the five winners, a place in News Academy means that they will be given a BBC camera for two weeks, and a mentor who will help them film and edit their story.

The final five films will be broadcast on Wales Today.

Mark O'Callaghan, BBC Wales Head of News, said: "It's going to be a fantastic opportunity to hear young voices on Wales Today and see what stories matter to them."

The competition is launched on Wales Today on BBC1 Wales at 1830 BST, Monday.

Further details and an application form are on the

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