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JWT interns win global BBC World News Service global creative challenge

13 February, 2014

JWT South Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON — When the BBC World News Service put out a global challenge to young creatives based outside of the UK, JWT South Africa encouraged their interns to enter. Not only did they exceed the brief, Tal Halili, Katherine Andrews and Thandeka Kunene won top honours, and were named victors of the global challenge.

A BBC statement reads “We had a brilliant response to the Global Creative Challenge, and were overwhelmed with the amount of outstanding, creative entries we received, from all corners of the globe. The winning entry was chosen to win due to its particularly pertinent insight into the youth of South Africa (and possibly the youth of the developed world). It also ties in very well to their creative concept around promoting the BBC to this particular audience.”

As JWT Johannesburg’s Creative Director Ronnie Malden explains “When the BBC World News Service called for applications to bring their World News Service to life amongst youths outside of the UK, Senior Art Director John Meyer and I knew it was a perfect opportunity for our young stars from the AAA School of Advertising to put what they had learned to the test.”

The overarching insight that drove Tal, Katherine and Thandeka idea presented to BBC, centered on the increasing global phenomenon of FOMO – the Fear of Missing Out. Their premise was that with the BBC World News Service, FOMO would be a thing of the past.

“The brief’s deadline actually coincided with the end of their internship. Through learning modules during their internship we had mentored them on every step of the process - how to put together a presentation; how to write a strategy that underpins the creative idea.” added Malden.

“We take our internship responsibilities seriously and are absolutely thrilled that the guidance and coaching they received whilst at JWT resulted in the students winning the overall challenge. The brief from BBC was genius. Our interns were able to take on a real live brief and put an entire presentation together developing additional production, sound and editing skills in the process. We are proud of what they have achieved.”

The project culminated in global exposure and £3000 prize money.

The winning entry can be viewed on the BBC World Service’s website  

About JWT
JWT is the world’s best-known marketing communications brand that has been inventing pioneering ideas for the past 150 years. Headquartered in New York, JWT is a true global network with more than 200 offices in over 90 countries, employing nearly 10,000 marketing professionals. JWT consistently ranks among the top agency networks in the world and continues a dominant presence in the industry by staying on the leading edge—from producing the first-ever TV commercial in 1939 to developing award-winning branded content today. For more information, please visit  and follow us @JWT_Worldwide.

JWT Middle East and Africa is one of the leading communication agencies in the MEA region with 27 offices in 24 markets. JWT MEA is structured to deliver communication based business solutions across all channels needed to deliver the marketing plan driven by a matrix that combines the strength of its competencies and the know how of its practices. For more information, please visit us and follow us @jwtmea

Philippa Clayre, Head of Corporate Communication, JWT MEA

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