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Essay Competition for Secondary School Pupils on Press Freedom

Essay Competition for Secondary School Pupils on Press Freedom

In honor of World Press Freedom Day, May 3rd, the United States Embassy is holding an Essay Competition.

  1. Secondary School pupils, ages between 17-19, are requested to write on “What I Most Appreciate About the Media’s Role in the Fight Against Ebola.”
  2. Junior Secondary School pupils, ages 12-16, are requested to write on “Imagining How Women Reporters Make a Difference.” 

Students are encouraged to write an essay of 500-1000 words (no more than two pages, single-spaced).  Either typed or clear, hand-written essays are welcomed.  Consideration will be given to the entries that show:

  • originality;
  • style;
  • relevance to the topic; and
  • command of the English language.

The top essay winners will be selected by an impartial panel of judges comprised of Embassy staff. Winners will be invited to a luncheon with local media hosted by the U.S. Ambassador, John Hoover. Additionally, the winners will get a chance to spend a day in the newsroom in one Sierra Leone’s leading newspapers.

The essay contest is open to all school going pupils currently enrolled in secondary schools nationwide. Participants are requested to indicate their age and which school they attend.

Only Sierra Leonean school pupils currently living in Sierra Leone are eligible to win. U.S. government employees or their family members are not eligible.

Please send essays via e-mail to PASFreetown@state.gov or mail to: U.S. Embassy, Southridge, Hill Station, Freetown by Friday May 15.  Winners will be contacted by June 5, 2015

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