TACLOBAN CITY- Another 400 campus paper advisers from elementary schools in Eastern Visayas joined the second batch of the four-day regional training of division mentors on school paper advising that concluded Monday at Leyte National High School gymnasium.

“Your challenge is to be fruitful with this encounter,” said Dr. Alejandrito L. Yman, chief of Curriculum and Learning Management Division, as he hoped that the region will have 10 “winnable” school papers for both elementary and secondary levels in next year’s National Schools Press Conference in Koronadal City, South Cotabato.

With the combined training of more than 400 high school campus paper advisers in the first batch and 400 elementary advisers in the second batch, Yman said he expects 8,000 trained student writers in Eastern Visayas, doubling or tripling the effect from the two trainings.

“Journalism contests have elements to consider unlike ordinary essay writing contest so advisers have to be equipped…This is the forum to unify concepts, ideas, and knowledge with particular journalism field so that writers will now have to compete and are at par with theothers,” added Yman.

Journalistic skills introduced during the training include news writing, copy reading and headline writing, feature writing, science and technology writing, editorial writing, sports writing, photojournalism, editorial cartooning, on-line collaborative publishing, and script and radio broadcasting.

Topics on plagiarism, editorial staff management, lay-outing and new trends in campus journalism were also discussed by different resource speakers from the region who were earlier trained in the national training of trainers on campus journalism in Davao City.

Yman added that after the training, participants will serve as new pool of trainers in their respective division and school level.

Harold Naputo of Tacloban division and an outstanding campus paper adviser in the region, who helped introduced collaborative and online publishing during the training, said that online journalism is “empowering.”

“In online writing, we introduce our school paper advisers twitter, instagram, facebook, you tube and wordpress. These social media platforms are to be learned and ultimately be utilized both for recreation and perfecting the craft in e-journalism,” Naputo said.

“By the end of the training, with advisers empowered, we would have taught our pupils or students an alternative to the use of the social media, more than ‘selfies’ and ‘cyber-liking’ which leads to bullying, but on how information and opinion-empowering effect these platforms can make,” he added.

In the recently-held NSPC in Taguig City, the region only bagged 21 major awards in various journalistic competitions, with “The Cradle” publication of Palo National High School in Palo, Leyte as the sole winner in school paper category in science and technology.

However, journalism officials in the region vowed to make a better comeback in next year’s nationwide journalistic competition. With PNA

Photo courtesy of Anna Bella

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