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The Young Financial Journalist competition, run by the London Institute of Banking and Finance and the Financial Times, called for articles on a choice of financial topics, ranging from financial education in schools to investing during lockdown. After beginning some research and becoming drawn in, I entered a piece discussing the problems and benefits of a cashless society. Reading around the subject led me to topics I knew nothing about including fintech, government-backed crypto-currencies and even a Covid-era barter system in the Galapagos islands! In June I heard that I had been selected as a finalist and I am honoured to have ended up Highly Commended in the 14-15 age category.
Entering this competition was such a valuable experience, both in the process of writing the article and in receiving comments from the judging panel, including Financial Times journalists. I would recommend entering in the future to anyone who is even slightly interested in finance or journalism.