As part of the Student Media Awards 2015 (Smedias), the European Commission is sponsoring a prize for the best article entitled “The EU in my county”. The aim of the competition is to show the impact of the European Union in everyday life and the winner will get to make a short programme for “Irish TV” about what they have written. The competition is open to all students in Ireland.

European Commission

Details for entry and full criteria can be found at Please note that it is important to read the full criteria before submitting your entry.

Articles must be less than 750 words (for unpublished articles) and the deadline is Thursday 19th March. The winner will be announced at the Smedias* in the Clyde Court Hotel on Thursday 16th April. The article can be unpublished or previously published in a student publication.

Last year’s winner was Dylan White from University College Cork with his article on the changes that being part of the EU have brought to Ireland and especially to his local GAA club. Dylan is now working for the Nationalist in Tipperary.


Prize in addition to the Student Media Award

The winner will also have an opportunity to showcase their journalistic talents by presenting a three minute piece on Irish TV based in their home county and inspired by the subject of their article. This will then be available to the student for use in their show reel / CV to further promote their future career.


The deadline for submitting work is 5pm Thursday 19th March 2015. Entries must be posted to Smedias, Student Marketing Network, 25-26 Windsor Place, Lower Pembroke St, Dublin 2.


For more information and registration please visit

* The Student Media Awards or Smedias are billed as the biggest night of the Irish Student calendar and in 2014 over 1,200 entries were received from students nationwide.

2015 is the 15th year of the awards which are run by the Student Marketing Network and former judges include Geraldine Kennedy, Paul Williams, Myles Dungan, Avril Hoare and the TV3 News Department.

For further information please contact:

Olivia Crinion

Press Office

European Commission Representation in Ireland.

Direct line – 01 6341180