NewsBrands Ireland is the public face of Ireland’s newspaper industry, representing 10 publishers and the print/online editions of 16 national newspapers.
As part of its agenda, NewsBrands Ireland is committed to improving literacy levels in Ireland, particularly among younger people and students. Youth literacy is also a priority for Government, and has been identified as a “major goal” by the Department of Education.
Newspapers have been used as a supplementary educational tool for many years, with studies from around the world showing they can help to develop children’s reading, writing and critical thinking skills.
In 2012 NewsBrands Ireland devised a new Newspapers in Education (NiE) initiative aimed at Transition Year students and designed to support its own, and the Government’s, youth literacy objectives by getting more students reading newspapers. That initiative is Press Pass.
Register your school here for the Press Pass Competition.
Registration is now open for Press Pass for TY classes starting in September 2016. Registration will close on October 7th 2016.
Please note that if your school registered to take part last year, we are assuming that you will participate this year also so you do not need to register online. However, please email Ann Marie Lenihan – firstname.lastname@example.org to re-confirm your interest this year and to update the number of TY students and also your main contact. If you decide not to participate this year, please let us know also.
As regards the free newspapers which you will receive in conjunction with the Workbook, It is important that you get agreement from your nominated newsagent prior to nominating them. Complementary newspapers, labelled for the school, will be delivered to your newsagent as part of their normal delivery during the week of November 14th. Please note that it is up to the school to decide which weeks they will do Press Pass in the school. The newspapers can be used at any point; the workbook is not specific to particular editions of the newspapers.