Recently crowned Sky Young Journalist of the
Year Reuben Steenson. US2407-404PM
A LISBURN teenager has proved he is one of
the UK's most talented young reporters by winning a nationwide
competition organised by broadcasting corporation 'Sky'.
Reuben Steenson, a year 11 pupil at Friends'
School who lives at Rathvarna Drive entered the television
category of the Sky Young Journalists National Competition with
an idea for a feature about rising house prices in Northern
Not only did he win his section, he also came
first overall which is quite an achievement considering hundreds
of entries were submitted by people aged 14 to 19 from all over
Reuben, who first heard about the competition
at school when his entire journalism class submitted entries
across the three categories of television, radio and print
explained how he chose house prices as a topic.
"I heard a lot of people talking about house
prices and saw articles on local television about the issue," he
"My idea had to focus on a local news story
and I thought house prices would be very relevant.".
Reuben was due to receive his prize at Sky's
London studios on Thursday morning after he and his mother Wendy
travelled to England on Wednesday afternoon.
Along with the other winners and runners up
he took part in an exclusive workshop with Rob Kirk, Sky News
Editorial Development Manager and enjoyed a tour of the studios.
He and the other category winners were also
presented with a video phone but as overall winner his piece de
resistance was a new iMac worth �1700 for Friends' School.
Through this competition Sky aims to give
aspiring young journalists the opportunity to have their work
viewed by the nation and inspire them to pursue a career in news
It has the support of a number of the Sky
News team including the current presenter of Sky News Sunrise
and well known TV personality Emanon Holmes, and presenter of
Sky Lunchtime Live and recent contestant on ITV reality
television show 'Dancing On Ice Kay Burley. Kay said: "I am
really pleased that through this competition young people are
given the opportunity to show their talent helping them take
their first steps towards e career in news journalism."
Reuben's outline for a TV feature on rising house prices
Recently, house prices across Northern
Ireland have rocketed more than anywhere else in the UK. Here
are my suggestions for an interesting way to cover this news
story and the problems it presents.
Interviews needed : A first time buyer
trying to purchase a house; An investor in property; Estate
agent(s); Home owner; In studio, expert on statistics relating
to house prices.
Locations: Overpriced house. An interview
here; Estate agents; A reporter could go to a house to have a
tour and see what they would get for their money; In studio for
a few minutes and main story
Spokespeople Typical first time buyer;
Manager of major estate agency; Knowledgeable expert on
statistics, hopefully able to analyse the situation and explain;
Successful investor in property
Angle and additional footage The angle
will be based on how this startling rise in prices has made it
extremely hard for first time buyers to purchase a new house.
The aim of the report will be to find out why this has happened
and to discover (through interviewing) the effects this has on
many different groups (prospective buyers, existing homeowners
and companies such as estate agents)
There could be footage of 'FOR SALE' signs,
streets outside estate agents, and the interior of homes
interspersed throughout the report and in the background in the
studio. This would really set the scene and create a definite
Also, a typical young couple could be filmed in
their quest to buy a home. It would be even better if, after
screening of the clip the couple were to be interviewed about