Awards for top students with a flair for newspaper journalism
Students who displayed excellent talents for newspaper journalism have been honoured at the NNI Press Pass awards ceremony.
The initiative of the National Newspapers of Ireland seeks to improve writing skills, critical thinking and awareness of media and news among transition year classes.
Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan presented trophies to the winners and commended the newspaper industry for their "very positive" initiative.
Sponsored by the Irish League of Credit Unions, the initiative provides free national and local newspapers to participating schools.
Students were encouraged to analyse a range of newspaper content - with the help of a free guidebook - and enter their own journalism in a national writing and photojournalism competition.
The initiative has been hailed as a resounding success by both the Department of Education and the newspaper industry.
The overall winner of the 2014 competition was Ciara McArdle from Pobalscoil na Trínóide in Youghal with a thought-provoking article on technology.
"The entries into the competition were of a very high standard and demonstrates that a love of writing and appreciation of the power of language and images is valued among transition year students," said Ms O'Sullivan
Speaking at the awards ceremony in Dublin's Convention Centre yesterday, NNI chairman Vincent Crowley said that NNI Press Pass shows how newspapers can be used as a real-life educational tool in classrooms.
The category winners were: News - Donna Fitzgerald, Coláiste na Sceilge, Cahirciveen; Features - Eanna O'Cosgora, Coláiste Iognáid, Galway; Photojournalism - Orla Doheny, Rosemont School, Dublin; Comment/opinion - Aisling Eaton, Our Lady's College, Drogheda; and Sport - Ella Curtin, St Mary's Secondary School, Macroom.