By Emilie Ng
BUDDING journalists and media producers can get a head start in their careers by entering a new media contest open to Catholic secondary schools.
Organised by the Brisbane archdiocese’s official news source, the Newsroom Contest offers students a chance to publish their own four-page newspaper and share it with The Catholic Leader’s 50,000 readers.
All participating entries will be published in a digital edition and distributed to all subscribers of The Catholic Leader.
Students will go in the running to win special education and faith prize packs.
The Catholic Leader managing editor Matt Emerick said the Newsroom Contest was an invaluable opportunity for students who wanted to explore a career in media and journalism.
“Students will be able to learn real-world skills used by contemporary journalists, photographers, sub-editors, designers, or advertising officers,” Mr Emerick said.
“We will provide comprehensive training guidelines and tutorials to all participating teachers, who will act as the Editor for the school newspaper production team.”
Mr Emerick encouraged all Catholic secondary schools to participate in the Newsroom Contest, and share how the Gospel message is lived out in the communities.
“The Newsroom Contest is a great opportunity to tell our Catholic community what your school is doing to bring God into the world, especially in your work with the poor and disadvantaged,” he said.
The Newsroom Contest will also serve as a complete resource pack for teachers, and includes step-by-step video tutorials and guidelines that can be used in the classroom.
Each school can enter multiple groups in the competition, and all groups can have a maximum of nine students and be supervised by a teacher.
The Newsroom Contest will run in Term 3, 2015, repeat in Term 4, 2015, and again in Terms 1 and 2, 2016.
Interested teachers from across Queensland and beyond can register their school group at www.catholicleader.com.au/schools/thenewsroomcontest.
The Newsroom Contest is proudly supported by our partners from Brisbane Catholic Education and Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Rockhampton.