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:
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.
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.