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Ui Cadhain Journalism Prize For Young Dubliners

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Young Dubliners are being invited to get out there and write a news story about events or issues in their local area for the inaugural Ui Cadhain Prize, established by freelance journalist Natalie Lewendon, and delivered with the generous support of the Dublin Inquirer.

The prize, established at the beginning of this year, seeks to create something that would develop an interest in investigative journalism, storytelling and local issues from an early age.

Competition organisers are asking young people to explore their local areas, meet others who live and work in their communities, ask questions, and sniff out a story good enough to print. They believe local journalism deserves to be celebrated and invested in for the future, and we wanted to create something that would develop an interest in investigative journalism, storytelling and local issues from an early age.

From this idea, they developed the idea of  a competition with a focus on creativity and on rewarding young people interested in writing and journalism. The prize is about giving kids a say, recognising their opinions and letting them tell us what stories speak to them, what motivates them, and what intrigues them about their environment.

The winning stories will be chosen from a shortlist by the Dublin Inquirer team and will be printed in the May 2017 issue. The overall winner – the author of the essay which we find most compelling, surprising or inventive – will also get to shadow editor Lois Kapila on a day’s work experience at the newspaper.

Dublin Inquirer is an independent weekly online newspaper launched in June 2015 to provide quality coverage of city affairs. It is published online weekly (on Wednesday mornings) and in print monthly (mid month) from its office in Kilmainham. (You can find more contact information and details for freelancers here.)

There will be a €250 cash prize for the overall winner, with special consideration awards of €150 and €100 for two runners-up who have shown great skill in writing or found an especially exciting story to tell.

Entries should be a maximum of 1000 words and must be received by March 31st 2017.

Entrants should by aged between 10-14 and live or study in inner-city Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.

For more information, visit www.uicadhainprize.com.

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