Become a Commonwealth community reporter and win an iPod

Young people keen to report eye-catching community stories from around the world have been given the chance to win a couple of iPods.

Royal Commonwealth Society chiefs have launched the new initiative, supported by The-Latest, to encourage cub citizen journalists to develop creative skills by finding newsworthy stories in their neighbourhood.

The Commonwealth Community Reporters will interview local figures, including senior citizens, and research stories. They will then create text, audio or visual content for publication which brings to life the reports from where they live. These stories will become part of the Royal Commonwealth Society’s flagship project, the Jubilee Time Capsule.

A state of the art iPod music player will be won by the first pair of reporters who each submit two outstanding Jubilee Time Capsule contributions. Entries must be received by October 10 this year and tagged with “Commonwealth Reporter – The-Latest”.

One of the world’s biggest collaborative history projects, the Jubilee Time Capsule, is a unique initiative designed to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Stories and memories from all over the world are being added to the capsule covering each of the 22,000 days from the last 60 years of her reign.

Together they will form a unique people's history of the 54 countries-strong Commonwealth to be launched in front of the Queen in 2012 and to serve as a social archive of the last six decades.

Through the community reporters project, the capsule will truly capture the diversity of experience in the modern Commonwealth and tell the extraordinary stories of the lives of millions of people.

The news gatherers will get support in developing reporting skills and will become part of a global network of young citizen journalists. The Royal Commonwealth Society plans to hold more competitions with prizes ranging from a new camera, to work experience at a local paper.

Competition winners may also get the chance to interview an important public figure or to be in London for Commonwealth Day in 2012. The project is being run in partnership with People’s Voice Media.

We invite you to share your story in the Jubilee Time Capsule - the world’s biggest history project.

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