2012 saw NNI launch its first ever Newspapers in Education (NiE) inititaitive, entitled Press Pass.
Press Pass brought NNI newspapers into Transition Year classrooms in 250 schools around Ireland during a two-week period in September.
In addition, we produced a glossy workbook packed full of extracts and exercises that encouraged students to engage with newspapers.
The final aspect of the programme, or the icing on the cake if you will, was a journalism competition. The winning entries into this competition will be printed in NNI newspapers in spring 2013 and the students will be presented with awards in recognition of their work at a special awards ceremony to be held in Dublin in February.
The feedback that we received about the programme has been truly phenomenal. Teachers expressed their gratitude for the initiative and their amazement at the enthusiasm for reading demonstrated by the students during Press Pass.
“They practically grabbed the newspapers each day,” one educator wrote, “It was gratifying to see them reading newspapers rather than just Googling information.”
Press Pass 2013
NNI’s Director for Newspapers in Education (NiE) and Sustainability, Enda Buckley emphasised NNI’s commitment to continuing Press Pass and similar NiE initiatives that support learning and literacy. “Reading newspapers is a fantastic way for young people to improve their reading and writing skills, while also developing ‘real life’ knowledge of our society and our world,” said Buckley, “After the success of this year’s initiative we hope that more schools will register to take part in Press Pass 2013 so that an even greater number of students will benefit from it.”
Schools will be asked to register in spring 2013 to take part in Press Pass, with the programme taking place in the autumn.
NNI is also hoping to embark on other NiE programmes throughout 2013 and beyond, especially if suitable sponsors can be found. So, if you know a company who fits the bill please get in touch with NNI!
Press Pass was launched by Matt Dempsey, Chairman of NNI; Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn, TD; and Transition Year students from around Ireland