Schools Journalism Competition

As part of the Columban Centenary (1918-2018) celebrations, the Far East magazine, in conjunction with the Centenary Committee and the Columban Centre is holding a competition for young journalists.

This exciting new journalism venture invites students (aged 15-18 inclusive) to write an article or make a video report that informs, challenges and raises important issues on the topic: ‘Migrants Are Our Neighbours’.

The topic recognises the Columbans’ solidarity with and ministry to migrants in Ireland, Britain and worldwide.

The objective of the competition is to encourage students to use their journalistic writing and mobile skills to look at a topical issue which is relevant to Irish society today and resonates with Catholic Social Teaching.

Two separate competitions will be held, one for students in Ireland and one in Britain (England, Scotland, Wales); each has two categories, writing and video.

We have secured some high-profile judges from the world of journalism for the competition. They are:

Fionnán Sheahan – Editor of the Irish Independent.

Patsy McGarry – Religious Affairs correspondent with The Irish Times.

Michael Kelly – Editor of the Irish Catholic.

Bobby Gilmore SSC – writes and campaigns on migrant issues.

The closing date for entries is 8 February 2018.

The winning articles and videos will be announced in Columban media on 15 March 2018.

Prizes will be presented by the former president of Ireland, Dr Mary McAleese, on 29 June 2018.

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