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29-06-2011

DCU student wins this year's EU Communication Challenge

Niamh Griffin from Glanmire in Cork has won this year's EU Communication Challenge - a competition for media students organised by the European Parliament and European Commission offices in Ireland.  Niamh, a Masters of Journalism student at Dublin City University, participated in this year's EU Communication Challenge workshop on 15 April and put the skills she acquired to good use in her entry entitled 'Know what's in your fish fingers'.  As her prize, Niamh will travel to Brussels later this year to participate in a seminar for working journalists organised by the European Parliament and the European Commission.  Responding to the news, Niamh said that she was 'looking forward to having this chance to look behind the scenes at the EU institutions, to see how they can be reported on and how issues relevant to us here are covered.'

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.  They heard from Reverse link define here :reverse_link_8_Irish_pol_groupsFine Gael MEP Reverse link define here :reverse_link_6bis-MEPsGay Mitchell, RTÉ European Correspondent Paul Cunningham and freelance journalist Jessie Magee about their experiences dealing with the challenge of communicating EU issues.  The participants then joined one of four workshops, during which they were given one hour to read briefing materials, assign roles and produce a 2-3 minute audio clip ready for broadcast on a radio station.  The four clips were played for the audience and both the participants and the speakers commented on the results.



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 Eimear Ní Bhroin, Press Officer, European Parliament Office in Ireland at eimear.nibhroin@europarl.europa.eu / 086 8559423.