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Welcome to Press Pass, an Initiative from NewsBrands Ireland

Press Pass is NewsBrands Ireland’s Transition Year news literacy and student journalism programme.

Since the Press Pass programme launched seven years ago, approximately 80,000 students have benefited from it. With the full support of the Department of Education, Press Pass seeks to improve news literacy and critical thinking skills while helping students to develop a deeper understanding of news media and how it communicates about the world around them.

Registered schools will receive digital newspaper, a Teacher’s Lesson Plan and a specially created student workbook ( in pdf this year). Students are encouraged to engage with the newspapers in the classroom, to analyse them and then to create their own original journalism, the best of which is entered into a national competition.

Finalists in this year’s Student Journalism Competition will be notified via email on Friday, May 28th