Assignment Abroad Times Epaper 2016 Oscars

Have you always dreamed of being a travel writer? Do you have a good story to share about a recent trip you’ve taken in Ireland or abroad?

For the second year, The Irish Times, in association with Travel Department, is inviting aspiring writers to write a travel feature for consideration for publication in The Irish Times Magazine. The author of the best entry, as selected by our judges, will have their article published in print in The Irish Times Magazine, along with a travel-writing assignment abroad, also for publication in the Magazine.

Last year’s winning entry was written by Ruth Petherick from Dublin, who wrote an emotional story from Cambodia and Vietnam. Ruth’s prize was an 11-night trip to India with Travel Department. You can read her winning entry here.

To enter this year’s competition, your article could focus on a particular encounter with a person or place, or a big adventure or journey to somewhere wild or exotic. It could be a trip in Ireland or thousands of kilometres away, alone or with friends or family; the destination doesn’t matter, but the more unusual your angle, the better your chances of winning. What we are looking for are engaging, entertaining, original and well-written stories.

Articles should be 500 words or less and submitted using this online form from Saturday, September 17th. A selection of the best contributions, along with the shortlist of 10 finalists will be published on irishtimes.com.

The competition closes on October 8th, 2016, with the winning article published in The Irish Times Magazine later that month. Full terms and conditions here.

The New York Times is running its first television ad in seven years during the Oscars Sunday night. The subject? The truth.

The ad begins with voices saying, "The truth is our nation is more divided than ever," with those words spelled out against a white backdrop. The phrase then changes to "The truth is alternative facts are lies." The ad repeats different versions of the "The truth is..." as the voices speed up and get louder. It ends with: "The truth is hard" and "The truth is more important now than ever."

The ad's mission is to tap into "national dialogue going on right now about facts and the truth" and what that means in today's world, according to New York Times branding exec David Rubin.

"The idea is to be a part of that discussion about what does it mean to find the truth," he said. "What does that mean in a world of 'fake news'? And what is the role of journalism and journalists in that process and what is the role of reader in supporting that journalism?"

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The black and white 30 second ad is minimalist, yet it feels overwhelming.

"We think it's a great metaphor for how hard it is on a regular basis to understand the truth," he said. "That leads into the role that we think journalism can play in helping you cut through that clutter and make your own sense of what's going on in the world."

Rubin added that The Times chose the Annual Academy Awards for its impact and its timing.

"We wanted a high profile media moment," he said. "This felt like a great moment for people to respond and react to the spot."

The TV campaign will appear elsewhere on television. Print versions of the ads will also run on billboards in New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and San Francisco, online and in The Times itself this weekend.

The 89th Annual Academy Awards airs Sunday night on ABC.

CNNMoney (New York) First published February 23, 2017: 2:13 PM ET

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