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16-07-2012

David Yip wins this year's EU Communication Challenge

David Yip from Galway has won this year's EU Communication Challenge - a competition for media students organised by the European Parliament office in Ireland.  As the 2012 winner, David will travel to Brussels later this year to participate in a seminar for working journalists organised by the European Parliament.

Responding to the news, David said "I'm overjoyed at winning and am really happy to be given the chance to meet and work with other journalists in Brussels. I would like to thank Barry Finnegan of Griffith College, Dublin for notifying me of the competition, Amelie Elvang for running the story in the magazine Griffiti which helped me win, and of course the EU Parliament Information Office of Ireland for giving me the chance to go to Brussels."

David is a technology journalist and web designer/developer. He graduated with a bachelor degree in Information Technology in NUIG four years ago and has spent the following three years working in different EU countries. He spent the last year studying Journalism in Griffith College, Dublin and will now start a masters program in Journalism in DCU.

The EU Communication Challenge workshop and competition are now annual activities aimed at third level students of journalism, communication and media.  This year, 30 students participated in the workshop on Friday, 15 April.  Participants heard from Paddy Smyth from the Irish Times, Labour MEP Phil Prendergast and freelance Brussels-based journalist, Sarah Collins, as they gave their impressions of the difficulties associated with communicating EU-related issues. Participants then tried it out for themselves in a variety of working groups, each producing a 3-minute news report on their assigned topic.

For the competition, the organisers invited students to submit a written article (print or online) or an AV report (radio or TV) ready for broadcast on an EU-related issue of their choice.  The aim was to demonstrate that they could communicate an EU-related issue to their audience in a clear and understandable manner.
  
For further information about the workshop or the competition, please visit www.europarl.ie or contact Catherine Bunyan, Press Officer at 086 8559423 or catherine.bunyan@ep.europa.eu