Finalists in the Pomerania stage of the Media Competition
As part of the second stage of the Media Competition, almost 70 pupils from 19 Pomeranian secondary schools faced questions on the subject of media and journalism in the UG’s Faculty of Social Sciences. Szymon Rać, Igor Skórzybót and Dominika Golombek achieved the highest scores. During this regional stage of the Competition a total of ten finalists have been selected who will represent Pomerania during the central stage in March 2016 in Warsaw. Participants will compete for places at Media Studies courses at the best Polish universities, and also for internships on a newspaper in any part of the country.
In the second, regional stage of the competition, participants took a test consisting of 35 questions. Subjects included media history, media politics, biographies of well-known reporters, journalism genres and new technology. The latter especially caused many problems, since the questions were detailed and required a great deal of knowledge. Candidates were also expected to explain such terms as ‘afghanistanism’, ‘fisking’ or ‘infotainment’.
After the test, and while the commission composed of employees of Journalism and Communication Studies checked their work, participants visited the UG’s Baltic Campus in the Gdańsk district of Oliwa, accompanied by their teachers. This was also a chance to meet in professionally equipped photographic and radio studios.
During the prize-giving ceremony of the second stage of the competition, finalists and their guardians received diplomas and books. Szymon Rać from Stefan Żeromski Comprehensive School no.5 in Gdańsk had the highest number of points. After him came Igor Skórzybót from Stefan Żeromski Comprehensive School no.1 in Lębork and Dominika Golombek from Nicholas Copernicus Comprehensive School no. 14 in Gdynia. The other finalists were Krzysztof Bronk-Marwicz from the Refrigeration and Electronic School in Gdynia, Karol Grabusiewicz from United Europe Comprehensive School no.15 in Gdańsk, Kazimierz Grześkowiak from United Europe Comprehensive School no.15 in Gdańsk, Wiktoria Pieper from Secondary School no.1 in Wejherowo, Monika Piotras from Nicholas Copernicus Comprehensive School no. 14 in Gdynia, Sebastian Przybył from United Europe Comprehensive School no.15 in Gdańsk and Dominik Witek from St Mark’s Roman Catholic School in Słupsk.
The Pomeranian regional stage of the Media Competition took place at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Gdańsk on 18th December 2015.
In March 2016 the best ten from Pomerania will meet the finalists from other regions in Warsaw, where in the last, central stage they will compete for 48 places on journalism courses at the best Polish universities, including Gdańsk, and also for internships nationwide, as well as prizes.
About the competition:
The Media Competition is organised by the Institute of Journalism at Warsaw University’s Faculty of Journalism and Political Science, which co-operated on the enterprise with institutions from all over Poland, including the University of Gdańsk. Its aim is to popularise knowledge about the science of media in society, especially amongst secondary school students, and to promote media education, conscious perception and joint participation in social communication. In addition, one important element is to perfect the ability to make independent analysis and evaluation with regard to media content on the basis of previously held information.
Pomeranian Regional Committee (University of Gdańsk)
1. Chair – Prof. Jolanta Maćkiewicz
2. Vice-Chair – Prof. Dariusz Sikorski
3. Secretary – Dr Jacek Wojsław
4. Members: Dr Dominik Chomik, Dr Beata Czechowska-Derkacz
Dr Beata Czechowska-Derkacz
University of Gdańsk spokesperson
Photography: Karolina Bebesh/UG