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media awards 2013

Entries

News articles will be accepted by e-mail only (in Microsoft Word or PDF format).

Video/animation, audio and poster entries will be accepted by e-mail OR on a disc/memory stick through the postal service. 

Video/animation files will only be accepted in the following formats: .flv; .mp4; .mov; .mpeg.  Audio files will only be accepted in the following formats: .wav or .mp3. Entries submitted through the postal service will only be accepted on on CD-R, DVD Video or DVD-R or memory stick. Please note, we are not in a position to return discs or memory sticks.

The maximum file size accepted via email for all formats is 24MB. There are no upper file size restrictions on entries submitted through the postal service. 

The email address for attachments is awards@drugs.ie. All entries submitted by e-mail will receive a correspondence as confirmation of receipt - if you do not receive an email confirmation of receipt your entry has not been received.

The address for postal entries is Drugs.ie National Youth Media Awards, The Ana Liffey Drug Project, 48 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.

Top 10 News article tips

  1. Read through different news articles (print media/online news sites, blogs) to get an understanding of different styles.
  2. Think like a journalist and try and engage the reader in the first paragraph.
  3. Feel free to include quotes from people if it helps your article.
  4. The Judges won’t accept any entries that contain commercial messages, so be careful not to endorse brands or companies.
  5. The Judges are only looking for original work, not work that has been previously published elsewhere (even on the internet!).
  6. It’s important to remember that the Judges are looking for news articles, not essays.
  7. If you’re quoting a piece of research or someone you’ve interviewed, don’t forget to include the source/their full title with your notes.
  8. Have a look at previous winners, to get an idea of what the judges are looking for.
  9. Don’t forget to download an entry form and send it with your entry (unfortunately the judges can’t accept an entry without a fully completed entry form!).
  10. To help with your research visit some of the websites listed below.

Top 10 video/animation tips

  1. Watch various news, drama or current-affairs programmes to see what structure they tend to follow. You can also watch various videos online through youtube.com, which might inspire you!
  2. You can decide to film or animate your video (or both) – it’s up to you!
  3. You are free to use a variety of voices and/or sound effects and music in your feature -as long as you own the copyright. All video entries must not contain clips that are not owned by the entrant as we will not be able to broadcast them if they win and consequently they will be disqualified.
  4. Try and engage the viewer from the very start - but keep it short -between 1 and 3 minutes in length.
  5. Feel free to include clips from people you interview, if it helps your story and if you’re referring to a piece of research. Don’t forget to include the source with your notes.
  6. The Judges won’t accept any entries that contain commercial messages, so be careful not to endorse brands or companies.
  7. The Judges are only looking for original work, not work that has been previously broadcast elsewhere (even on the internet!).
  8. It’s important to remember that the Judges are looking for a film/animated video that conveys an interesting message or tells an interesting story relating to one of the themes.
  9. Don’t forget to download an entry form and send it with your entry (unfortunately the judges can’t accept an entry without a fully completed entry form!).
  10. To help with your research visit some of the websites listed below.

Top 10 audio tips

  1. Listen to various radio programmes (and different radio stations), paying close attention to their ‘news and current affairs’ programmes and their news bulletins.
  2. You can decide to record a news feature, a current affairs feature, or even a song – it’s up to you!
  3. You are free to use a variety of voices and/or sound effects and music in your feature - as long as you own the copyright. All audio entries must not contain clips that are not owned by the entrant as we will not be able to broadcast them if they win and consequently they will be disqualified.
  4. Try and engage the listener in the opening minute - but keep it short!
  5. Feel free to includes clips from people you interview, if it helps your story and if you’re referring to a piece of research. Don’t forget to include the source with your notes.
  6. The Judges won’t accept any entries that contain commercial messages, so be careful not to endorse brands or companies.
  7. The Judges are only looking for original work, not work that has been previously broadcast elsewhere (even on the internet!).
  8. It’s important to remember that the Judges are looking for an audio feature that tells an interesting story around one of the official themes.
  9. Don’t forget to download an entry form and send it with your entry (unfortunately the judges can’t accept an entry without a fully completed entry form).
  10. To help with your research visit some of the websites listed below.

Top 10 poster tips

  1. The poster should be either A3 (420mm x 297mm / 16.5 x 11.7in) or A4 (297mm x 210mm) and can be in either portrait format (vertical) or landscape format (horizontal). 
  2. It is helpful to remember that a poster should convey information from a distance as well as up close, so try to use clear, eye-catching elements.
  3. There are many different styles of poster, research online and offline to see some of the huge diversity in the format, and decide which style best suits your idea.
  4. You can use freehand drawing, computer aided design or a combination of both – it’s completely up to you!
  5. You are free to use digital images (taken by a camera or phone) and use them in your poster.
  6. The Judges are only looking for original work, not work that has been previously published elsewhere (even on the internet!).
  7. It’s important to remember that the Judges are looking for a poster that clearly conveys the information in an interesting way, while still being easily understood.
  8. Don’t forget to download an entry form and send it with your entry (unfortunately the judges can’t accept an entry without a fully completed entry form!).
  9. To help with your research visit some of the websites listed below.

Research Websites

Drugs and Alcohol 

Mental Health

Domestic and Sexual Violence

General Information 

...And don't forget to browse the rest of this website too! Best of luck with your entry!

Support Services

There are a lot of services you can contact if you, or someone you know, has been affected by any of the issues raised in this competition: alcohol, drugs, domestic violent or mental health issues. These are:

Mental health services

Drug and alcohol services

Domestic and sexual violence services

Young people and children specific services 

 

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