About our NEW Writing Competition

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.

In the first week of November, registered schools will receive free newspapers, a Teacher’s Lesson Plan and a specially created workbook. 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.

This year also sees the addition of two new categories – the ‘School Newspaper Competition’ and the ‘News Literacy Student Challenge’.

Entries to this year’s competition are now closed. Shortlisted students and schools will be contacted in March and invited to the awards ceremony which will take place in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on April 2nd 2020 [Now postponed due to Coronavirus, new date to be announced]