Irish News Younger News Visitors project scoops all-Ireland advertising and marketing award

Gary McDonald Small business Editor

THE Irish News’ ground breaking Younger News Visitors project, which encourages the idea of critical literacy among students at dozens of educational facilities across the north, has scooped a prestigious all-Ireland organization award.

The initiative received the Very best Company Social Responsibility at the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s (CIM) Eire Promoting Awards, held practically.

The award recognises the helpful harnessing of an organisation’s impact to deliver a favourable social or environmental transform. Whether or not a just one-off marketing campaign or sustained strategy, entries experienced to demonstrate how dependable business enterprise apply was at the heart of the organisation.

The judges mentioned of the Irish News marketing campaign: “This entry offered a succinct and precious CSR proposition – to enhance literary expertise in faculties.

“The assortment of ongoing collaborative partnerships confirmed a strong dedication to the CSR target and the enduring legacy will reward several college pupils in a long time to occur.”

All-island enterprises EY and Ulster Financial institution joined foyer human body CBI NI this 12 months in throwing their company weight guiding the Younger News Audience initiative, which is run in partnership with the Irish News and St Mary’s University Higher education in Belfast.

A lot more than 9,000 pupils from 100-additionally educational institutions took element past calendar year, involving young pupils in Key Stages 2 and 3, who have been supplied 8 months of actions that also introduce them to newspapers.

The YNR initiative ( has been extensively adopted by teachers as an exceptional way of building literacy levels in youngsters by introducing them to the world all around them working with dependable news resources.

Irish Information marketing and advertising manager John Brolly claimed: “We’re thrilled to finish the calendar year with this excellent news at profitable the CIM Eire Marketing and advertising Award.

“It was so uplifting to see around 9,000 pupils take portion in the St Mary’s College School literacy initiative previously this 12 months at a time when youthful men and women have to have to interrogate the facts they are obtaining from so a lot of resources.

“A venture of this scale was not attainable without having the aid of vital partners CBI NI, EY, Ulster Bank and the vitality of my colleagues in the Irish News advertising and marketing staff.

“The judges’ comments of ‘enduring legacy’ describe completely the effect that the project is acquiring many thanks to the support of so quite a few academics.”

St Mary’s University College or university principal Professor Peter Finn explained: “We entered into partnership with the Irish News simply because it is a newspaper that we respect and belief.

“Our objective was to make a important contribution, as a result of common resourcing and curriculum guidance components, to the work of instructors in educating youthful men and women for the information and facts loaded world in which they will navigate their lives.

“Due to the impressive tips of Dr Donna Hazzard, we decided to endorse the notion of essential literacy. It was properly past our expectations that more than 9,000 pupils would be associated in the Irish News Young Readers Task previous yr.

“And for the job to obtain the CIM Ireland Advertising and marketing Award for Corporate Social Responsibility is most fitting at a time when younger individuals call for the expertise to extrapolate actuality from fiction in a quite elaborate and transforming environment.”