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Article Submission for Ireland

Objective

To encourage students 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.

The topic for 2020 is Tackling our 'Throwaway Culture'.

Rules

  1. Entries must be made by individuals.

  2. Entries must be no longer than 1000 words.

  3. Entries must be in English.

  4. No more than 1 entry per person.

  5. Entries must be original content.

  6. Where facts or figures are quoted, they must be credited to the source.

  7. Submissions received without a completed parent/guardian consent form will not be considered.

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Judges

Patsy McGarry is Religious Affairs correspondent with The Irish Times. He also is the commissioning editor for articles which are published in the paper's Rite and Reason column. He has worked for Independent Newspapers, the Irish Press group, Magill magazine and RTÉ.

Fr. Seán McDonagh is a Columban priest, eco-theologian and writer who was on mission in the Philippines for two decades. In 2006 he published Climate Change: The Challenge to Us All and more recently the commentary On Care for Our Common Home, Laudato Si': The Encyclical of Pope Francis on the Environment.

William Scholes is Religious Affairs correspondent of the Irish News, a national newspaper in Ireland, and has edited its weekly Faith matters section since 2005. The Irish News will print the winning competition entry.

Liz Dodd is the Home News Editor at The Tablet and a freelance travel journalist. She has written for various UK publications, including National Geographic Traveller (UK), The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph; and has appeared on BBC Radio Four and Five Live.

Assisted by the Columban 'Far East' editor Sarah MacDonald.

Judging Criteria

  1. Quality of the presentation.

  2. Definition, clarity and fairness of stories.

  3. Knowledge of the subject. Your own first hand experience is particularly welcome.

  4. Catholic Social Teaching on the theme.

  5. Reporting depth.

  6. Construction.

  7. Originality.

1st place prize €300!

2nd place prize €150!

3rd place prize €100!

Deadline for entries: 14 February 2020

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