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Young Financial Journalist of the Year 2018

We asked students to show off their journalistic skills and financial know-how by writing a 1,000 word blog or article answering the following question:

'Why should I care about being money savvy, and how can financial education help?

And the winners are…

14-16 age category: Hamish Orr, 14, from The Portsmouth Grammar School

The judges said: “Great use of case studies which really helped bring the subject to life. Well done!”


17-19 age category: Georgina Hill, 17, from Bethany School in Goudhurst.

The judges said: “The article was thoughtful and covered some really important topics such as student loans, reading the small print and how mental health can affect people's finances. Well done!”


What the judges liked

We had lots of really good entries in both age categories from schools around the UK, so it was a difficult decision.

Essays which ‘stood out from the crowd’ used some or all of the following tactics and techniques:

  • An engaging and ‘journalistic’ style – short sentences which make clear points.
  • Case studies or ‘real life’ examples which help bring being ‘money savvy’ and the importance of financial education to life
  • ‘Top tips’ to help engage readers
  • Statistics and evidence from other organisations, demonstrating research skills
  • Good spelling and grammar

Our guest judge was Consumer Affairs Editor at the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Katie Morley.

About the guest judge, Katie Morley

She started writing during her time as a student at University College London (UCL), becoming the Editor of UCL’s student magazine in 2009, before beginning her formal training as a journalist  in 2010. Her career has developed from writing on student issues to reporting on news and issues in the finance sector – starting with pensions and investments and then moving into personal finance. She started a Young Money column in the Financial Times in 2014 before moving to the Daily and Sunday Telegraph in 2014. Her roles at The Telegraph have included Senior Personal Finance Reporter.

Key information

The 2018 competition is now closed.

The competition ran from 26 January – 8 March 2018. The winners were announced on 21 March 2018.

There were two age categories:

14-16 year olds
17-19 year olds

Winners from each category received £150.