Singapore, 29 August 2005 - In conjunction with its 160th anniversary, The Straits Times, together with its student publication IN, is launching the first-ever National Schools Newspaper Competition. This competition encourages secondary school students to develop an interest in current affairs, journalism and writing in the English language, and give incentives for quality publications produced and written by students. The competition is also supported by the Media Development Authority and the National Library Board.
Deputy Editor of The Straits Times Felix Soh said, "We’re looking for publications which provide timely and well-written reports on school activities and personalities. The competition is also a good way for The Straits Times to interact with our younger readers and to share with our schools how newspapers can be an invaluable educational tool."
The top prizes for the competition are:
- Gold award – $5000 cash + trophy
- Silver award – $3000 cash + trophy
- Bronze award – $2000 cash + trophy
- Three Merit awards - $500 cash each
- Four Consolation prizes - $200 cash each
All submitted school newspapers also stand a chance to win subsidiary awards based on the quality of written language, reporting and design. One award of $300 cash will be given for each category.
Ten of the best secondary school newspapers will be shortlisted for the INCREDIDLE 24-hour newspaper challenge. This hands-on challenge will take place on November 28 where schools will pit their skills against each other to produce the best news pages. Each school will be invited to send five students to SPH to compete in this final round. The top prizes will be awarded based on the news pages they produce at the end of the 24 hours.
The results will be announced in a prize-giving ceremony on Nov 30. Results will be published in The Straits Times and IN.
- Only Singapore secondary schools newspapers are eligible for the competition.
- The editorial team of the school newspaper must comprise secondary school students with at least 80% of the newspaper content generated by students. Teachers should play a supervisory role only or contribute on an ad hoc basis.
- There is no restriction on size, number of pages or type of paper used for the publication. Colour or black and white publications will both be accepted for the competition.
- In terms of frequency, the newspaper must be published at least quarterly.
- The newspaper can be a free or paid publication.
- Each school shall ensure that it has obtained all the necessary rights and permissions for any material which is used in the publication that the contestant does not own.
- Schools participating in the competition need to send in five copies of at least two different editions of their newspaper. These editions must have been published in 2005.
Entry forms and other details will be mailed out to all secondary schools this week. For queries, call Elsie Chng on 6319 1016 or Vanessa Frida at 6319 2767.