Centenary Schools Journalism Competition

The Missionary Society of St Columban is inviting young people to enter a journalism competition, an initiative to mark their centenary year in 2018.

Students aged 15-18, who are budding journalists, are asked to write an article or make a video report that informs, challenges and raises important issues on the topic:

‘Migrants are our Neighbours’

Teachers and parents are asked to alert young people to this opportunity and to note that the submission deadline is 8 February 2018.

The Missionary Society of St. Columban has committed itself in a special way to accompany and defend the rights of migrants, and to address the underlying causes of migration. Young people are being asked to use their journalistic writing and mobile skills to look at a topical issue which is relevant to Catholic Social Teaching and resonates with Columban mission.

In Ireland, the Columbans are involved with immigrant communities through the Migrants Rights Centre and the Columban Centre in Dublin.

In Britain, the Columbans engage with immigrant communities and help to run Fatima House, a house of sanctuary in Birmingham for women asylum seekers, a collaborative partnership between the Archdiocese of Birmingham, Caritas Birmingham and Father Hudson’s Care. Columbans have participated in ‘Welcome the Stranger’ Walks of Witness in London and Birmingham, and there is a long-standing ministry to domestic workers.

In September, Pope Francis expressed his support for the new Caritas Internationalis Share the Journeycampaign. This two-year campaign is aimed at activism and awareness-raising internationally about the plight of migrants. It encourages people to meet with migrants and listen to their stories, rather than treat them as numbers and statistics imbued with negative stereotypes. The Pope thanked Caritas members and other Church organisations for their commitment in favour of migrants saying they are the sign of an “open, inclusive and welcoming Church”.

So, the Columban competition is a timely one. Two separate strands have been organised – one for students in Ireland and one for students in England, Scotland, and Wales (Britain).

There are two categories, writing and video, and leading journalists will be judging the entries. The winning articles and videos will be announced in Columban media on 15 March 2018.

Cash prizes will be awarded.

Young people are urged to get involved!

All details on the Competition website:

To see the advert for Irish entries click here: Irish_ad_version_2

To see the advert for British entries click here: JOURNALISM-COMPETITION-UK