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Entries for the 2013 competition are closed. Please click the link below for a list of the 2013 winners. Details of the 2014 competition will be posted online.

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Top ten newspaper article tips

  1. A newspaper editor from The Irish Examiner will be on the judging panel, so read through previous issues of The Irish Exminer to get a better understanding of their editorial style.
  2. Think like a journalist and try and engage the reader in the first paragraph.
  3. Feel free to include quotes from people you interview, 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 last year’s 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 ten video/animation feature 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.
  4. Try and engage the viewer from the very start - but keep it short -between 1 and 5 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 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 ten audio feature 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 or a current affairs feature – it’s up to you!
  3. You are free to use a variety of voices and/or sound effects and music in your feature.
  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 ten cartoon strip tips

  1. Visit a comic store or read comics online to get a better understanding of how they tell a story.
  2. You can use freehand drawing, computer aided design or a combination of both – it’s completely up to you!
  3. You are free to use digital images (taken by a camera or phone) and use them in your cartoon stip.
  4. Try and engage the reader in the first scene and remember that your cartoon story should have a beginning, a middle and an end!
  5. Feel free to include quotes 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 published elsewhere (even on the internet!).
  8. It’s important to remember that the Judges are looking for a cartoon strip 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 ten poster tips

  1. The poster should be A3 size (420 x 297mm / 16.5 x 11.7in) and in portrait format (vertical)
  2. The poster should contain the line "If you have information on Drug Dealing you can call Crimestoppers on Freephone 1800 25 00 25" and the crimestoppers logo (Download jpeg versions here.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. You can use freehand drawing, computer aided design or a combination of both – it’s completely up to you!
  6. You are free to use digital images (taken by a camera or phone) and use them in your poster.
  7. The Judges are only looking for original work, not work that has been previously published elsewhere (even on the internet!).
  8. 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.
  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.

Launch video

 

Research Websites:

www.gbrd.ie – The Greater Blanchardstown Response to Drugs
www.hrb.ie – Health Research Board
www.talktofrank.com – Friendly, confidential drugs advice
www.ncad.ie – National College of Art and Design
www.drugsandalcohol.ie – National Documentation Centre on Drug Use
www.eurad.net – Europe Against Drugs
www.thesite.org/drinkanddrugs - Online guide to life, owned and run by YouthNet
www.saynotodrugs.org.uk – Drug Education and Drug Prevention Programme
www.abovetheinfluence.com – National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, a programme of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
http://helpguide.org/topics/addiction.htm - Expert, Ad-Free Resources Help You Resolve Health Challenges
www.addictionireland.ie – The Drug Treatment Centre Board

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

Entries

 

Newspaper articles will be accepted by e-mail only (in Microsoft Word or Google Docs). Film/animated videos and audio entries will be accepted by e-mail (for videos: .flv, .mp4, .mov formats AND for audio: .wav or .mp3) or as a hardcopy entry on CD-R, DVD Video or DVD-R (for videos: in .flv, .mp4, .mov, .avi formats AND for audio: .wav or .mp3). The email address for attachments is awards@drugs.ie. The maximum file size accepted via email is 25MB. The postal address for hard copy entries is GBRD, 1 Weaver’s Row, Clonsilla, Dublin 15.

Original versions of pospers should be submitted as hard copy to the postal address above. Please note that poster entries are for the Special Crimestoppers Poster Category only - and not for Theme 1 and Theme 2 - these themes are applicable to the Newspaper article; Video/animation feature; Audio recording; and Cartoon entries.

Read the Tips on Entering and Terms and Conditions, and then download and return the entry form to be in with a chance to win €1,000 and have your work published or broadcast! All category winners receive an Android tablet and trophy. The age categories are 12-14, 15-17, 18-20, 21+. No entry fees.

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