Fifth Technical Journalism Competition for school newspapers and campus media

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The fall of 2007 will see the fifth "Technical Journalism Competition" held by the German ZVEI (Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association) and Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D). The challenge goes out again to the young editors of school newspapers and campus media to take a journalistic look at topics from automation engineering and produce written articles and pieces for radio. This year, the competition will be held for the first time at three locations in Germany, with Hannover and Düsseldorf being involved as well as Nuremberg.

This fall, school students and young adults with an interest in journalism will be posing the question: "Who's best at reporting technology?" Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) and the Automation Division of the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (ZVEI) will hold the fifth Technical Journalism Competition for school and university students. In the anniversary year of 2007, the competition is being held in several German cities.

In the Technical Journalism competition, young editors and budding reporters have to carry out research about technology and the technological professions and produce articles and radio broadcasts. From September, participants will find everything they need for their research at the trade fairs EMO in Hannover (metalworking), K in Düsseldorf (plastics and rubber) and SPS/IPC/Drives in Nuremberg (automation engineering). A specialist jury will then evaluate the articles and award prizes accordingly.

The best participants can look forward to a practical workshop at the RTL School of Journalism in Cologne, Germany. Also to be won are material prizes as well as internships and the opportunity to sit in on editorial offices and press offices. The competition's patron is Secretary Karl Freller of the Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Cultural Affairs, and his opposite number from Lower Saxony, Hartmut Saager.

The competition is open to young journalists from school newspapers and radio stations or campus media, but also in general to young people interested in journalism. You can find the dates for registration, the workshop and the presentation of awards, as well as further information at

The competition is designed to bring students and young adults into contact with automation engineering via journalism and allow them to look at the technologies of the sector. Both the technical professions and the relevant courses of study are dependent on a supply of qualified new recruits. Similarly, the editorial offices of technical journals and the science and technology departments of the media are also on the lookout for qualified young editors and up-coming journalists. In recent years, more than 300 young journalists from schools and universities, including a high proportion of young women, have taken part in the competition.
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