Schools Journalism Competition 2018


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To mark our centenary year, the Missionary Society of St Columban invited young people to enter a journalism competition on the topic ‘Migrants are our Neighbours.’ 

Students aged 15-18, who are budding journalists, were asked to write an article or make a video report that informs, challenges and raises important issues. We are delighted to announce the winners, who will receive their prize and a certificate at a Mass of Thanksgiving in London on 30th June.

Print, 1st Place

Ahlaam Moledina (16)
Bishop Challoner Catholic College, Birmingham
Read Ahlaam’s winning entry

Print, 2nd Place

Esther Watson (17)
Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College, Sandbach, Cheshire

Print, 3rd Place (Joint)

Hilda Kagaba (16)
St Paul’s Catholic Secondary School, Milton Keynes

Eleanor Pape (16)
Holy Cross Catholic High School, Chorley, Lancashire

Winning Video

Francesca Bruno (18) & Mary Gurdin (17)
Bishop Challoner Catholic College, Birmingham
View Francesca’s and Mary’s winning entry

The Missionary Society of St. Columban has committed itself in a special way to accompany and defend the rights of migrants, and to address the underlying causes of migration. Young people were asked to use their journalistic writing and mobile skills to look at a topical issue which is relevant to Catholic Social Teaching and resonates with Columban mission.

In Britain, the Columbans engage with immigrant communities and help to run Fatima House, a house of sanctuary in Birmingham for women asylum seekers, a collaborative partnership between the Archdiocese of Birmingham, Caritas Birmingham and Father Hudson’s Care. Columbans have participated in ‘Welcome the Stranger’ Walks of Witness in London and Birmingham, and there is a long-standing ministry to domestic workers.

In September 2017, Pope Francis expressed his support for the new Caritas Internationalis Share the Journeycampaign. This two-year campaign is aimed at activism and awareness-raising internationally about the plight of migrants. It encourages people to meet with migrants and listen to their stories, rather than treat them as numbers and statistics imbued with negative stereotypes. The Pope thanked Caritas members and other Church organisations for their commitment in favour of migrants saying they are the sign of an “open, inclusive and welcoming Church”.

So, the Columban competition was a timely one. Two separate strands were organised – one for students in Ireland and one for students in England, Scotland, and Wales (Britain).

There were two categories, writing and video, and leading journalists judged the entries.

Full details of the winners are also on the Competition website:

  JOURNALISM-COMPETITION-UK.pdf (1.1 MiB, 495 hits)

  Irish Advert for journalism competition.pdf (6.7 MiB, 669 hits)


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