Dr. Gertrudes Mabutin, DepEd regional journalism coordinator, presents the participants of this year's training for division mentors on school publication. Photo by Harold Naputo
Dr. Gertrudes Mabutin, DepEd regional journalism coordinator, presents the participants of this year’s training for division mentors on school publication. Photo by Harold Naputo

TACLOBAN CITY-At least 400 high school campus paper advisers in Eastern Visayas on Wednesday attended the first batch for regional training of division mentors on campus journalism at Leyte National High School gymnasium.

“After typhoon Yolanda in 2013, we were dropped from the rank of hall of fame in the national level…But if all of you will transfer satisfactorily the training here to your respective division and school, then for the first time we will have very competitive, strong, and quality schools papers in the division, regional, and national,” Dr. Alejandrito L. Yman, chief of Curriculum and Learning Management Division, told the participants.

In the recently-held NSPC in Taguig City, the region only bagged 21 major awards in various journalistic competitions.

Education regional director Dr. Luisa Bautista-Yu, in a memorandum, said the four-day event aims to “orient the school paper advisers on the current trends and new developments in campus journalism and in digital media.”

Dr. Yu added that participants of the training-workshop “shall serve as pool of division mentors who shall conduct the same activity at the division and school levels.”

Other activities include enhancement of journalism expertise of the advisers and school paper management.

The conference also served as venue for the school paper advisers to discuss issues on journalism competitions in division, region and national.

Topics covered 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.

According to Cesar Montaño, president of the Regional Secondary School Paper Advisers Association (RSSPAA), the training will prepare the region for the upcoming National Schools Press Conference in Koronadal City, South Cotabato.

Dr. Gertrudes Mabutin, regional journalism coordinator, said she is hoping that the training will lead the pool of division trainers into “one team working for a common goal for campus journalism in the region.”

The second batch of training is set on August 6 to 9 to be attended by 565 elementary school paper advisers in the region.

Comprising the 13 divisions of DepEd-Eastern Visayas are Baybay City, Biliran, Borongan City, Calbayog City, Catbalogan City, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Maasin City, Northern Samar, Ormoc City, Samar, Southern Leyte, and Tacloban City.