Columban missionaries are urging young people to tackle ‘a throwaway society’ through its third Young Journalists’ competition.
This year’s theme is ‘Tackling our Throwaway Culture’ and the competition opens for entries today, Friday 4th October.
Students aged 15-18 inclusive are invited to write an article or make a video report that informs and raises important issues on the competition theme. Two competitions are underway – one for students in Ireland and one in Britain; and each has two categories, writing and video.
The competition encourages students to use their journalistic writing and mobile skills to look at a topical issue which is relevant to society today and resonates with Catholic social teaching.
Pope Francis, in his 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care of our Common Home, highlighted ‘the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor’. He addressed the issue of our throwaway society. “The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth,” he said. In bemoaning “once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish,” the pope rebuked “a throwaway culture” where, in a consumerist mindset, goods, food and even people are discarded after their perceived use and worth wears out.
The closing date for entries is 14th February 2020. The Columbans have secured some high-profile judges from the world of journalism, and the winning articles and videos will be announced in Columban media on 16th March 2020.
Previous competitions have focused on the themes of ‘The Challenge of Climate Change’ and ‘Migrants are our Neighbours’.
For more information about the 2020 Schools Journalism Competition see: www.columbancompetition.com
Picture: Winners from the 2019 competition with Columban Director Peter Hughes and the Bishop of Salford, John Arnold. (Simon Teague).