Welcome to the first ever Press Pass, and initiative from the National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI).
Individual NNI publishers have been involved in educational programmes for many years. Over the past 18 months NNI newspapers have come together in a new initiative to promote media literacy amongst young people. Newspapers in society have a critical function in informing their readers of events and developments, of analysing trends and of giving meaning to the news headlines that we hear so often during the day.
Bringing newspapers into the classroom can help to promote literacy and beyond this, it can help people to develop their skills in mathematics, the natural sciences and with problem solving. We want to ensure that as many people as possible experience those benefits. That is why we started Press Pass.
With Press Pass we will provide newspapers to your school free of charge and through this initiative you will learn about how the content that you find in newspapers is written, photographed, analysed and edited.
There are exercises in this booklet which will challenge you to engage with the articles and photographs that you'll find within those newspapers. We hope that Press Pass will help you to develop your analytical skills and encourage you to think about how you discriminate between different types of information.
We sincerely hope that you enjoy Press Pass. We expect that it will form the foundation stone for Newspapers in Education (NiE) programmes in Ireland for many years to come.
We wish you the very best of luck in the writing competition that is part of this initiative. The winning article will appear in all our newspapers during the month of January.
With best wishes and happy reading!