Talent initiative launched by the Caledonian Mercury to encourage new online journalists

Online Scottish news site The Caledonian Mercury has begun an initiative to promote and reward new online journalistic talent.

The scheme, launched last week, is inviting emerging writers, photographers, podcasters and film-makers to submit articles or content on any topic within its new Scottish Voices section.

The best read article will see its author receive a cash prize of £50 each month, while also receiving feedback on how to develop their skills.

Stewart Kirkpatrick, founder of the Caledonian Mercury, explained; "Since its inception, a key part of the Caledonian Mercury ethos has been the celebration of the many voices in Scotland not heard in the traditional media. We have always carried guest articles from those with interesting things to say. Now we want to extend that principle to those who are just starting out in the media - with a very modest cash incentive for the most-read."

More information on the initiative can be found on the Caledonian Mercury website.

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