The Indianapolis Press Club is host of the event that brings 10 students from Indiana colleges and universities for the competition. During a five-hour span, each student had to interview, write and file a well-written feature piece about the topic: “Downtown Indianapolis – Behind the Scenes.” Irish’s top story was about a pop-up homeless ministry that serves the city of Indianapolis once a month.
She was among 42 students to enter the contest that honors the memory of Keating, a former Indianapolis Star columnist, who died at age 45 in 1985.
She is the daughter of Eric and Charise Irish of the Southside.
“It was an honor to meet and work alongside a new set of peers, many of whom are the future faces of American journalism” Irish said. “Each of the stories we covered, as well as our individual approaches to our assignments, were driven by sensitivity, empathy, and a mission to reveal the humanity of Indianapolis, just as Thomas Keating achieved in his great career.”
At Franklin College, Irish is a journalism, public relations and political science major and co-executive editor of The Franklin, the college’s student-run newspaper. She also interns part-time at WFYI, Indianapolis’ PBS affiliate.
Lilly Endowment underwrites a portion of the competition each year which has awarded more than $158,000 to Indiana college and university students since 1986.