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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Narrative Report on Campus Journalism


Narrative Report on Campus Journalism Contests Won by the Mingscians as Campus Journalists
  and Their Coach during the Municipal, District/Area,
Division and Regional Levels

Active participation in journalism is a priority aspect and it highlights the important roles of students as campus journalists and coach in their education.

Minglanilla National Science High School (MNSHS) is actively participating in all the activities not only on campus but also off campus, including the major contests released through memos from the schools division superintendent and even regional director in Region VII. This learning institution is the lead school and one of the major participants in JOURNALISM CONTEST.  


            Narrative Report

·         MNSHS bags 30 awards both in ASPC and DSPC competitions

·         25 MNSHS staffers emerged victorious during presscon contests in Southeast Area Level Campus Journalism Workshop
·         The Access news writer in English category joins RSPC
·         Thanks to extreme campus journalism!
·         Congratulations Mingscians! First place in radio broadcasting
 in English category and best in anchor

Photo-Essay Report
Different Pictures Photographed Last Year,  SY 2009-2010, Regarding Journalism Contests Won by the Mingscians as Campus Journalists and Their Coach during the Municipal, District/Area, Division and Regional Levels


MNSHS bags 30 awards both in ASPC and DSPC competitions

School paper advisers and writers adhere to the theme “Campus Journalism as a Catalyst for Change: Achieving the MDGs by 2015” 


§  Student journalists will push their pens to heed the government’s call to fight extreme poverty

§  Both advisers in English and Filipino Dr. Ermetes F. Adolfo, Jr. and Mrs. Begonia P. Tecson, together with campus journalists won all the categories (most of them got 1st place) during ASPC and DSPC ’09

§  3 consecutive school years (2005-2006, 2006-2007 & 2007-2008), Mingscian writers have grabbed steadily 1st place, especially in Feature and News writings (English Category) during Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC)


According to Education Secretary Jesli Lapus, in the fight against poverty and extreme hunger, the advocacy should start from the young. 

As this year's Area Level Schools Press Conference (ASPC) focuses on the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) particularly the MDG 1 (Alleviate Poverty and Hunger), the Department of Education (DepEd) mobilizes schools support by advocating and integrating them in related school-community initiatives. 

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said, "There is power in the pen and we highlight this in our school journalists and their publications. We enlist their active participation in this advocacy because our young journalists know how to optimize the power of communication." 

"We can also expect that the government will find more community stakeholders who will be our partner in overcoming poverty and hunger," he added. 

The annual Area Schools Press Conference (ASPC) and Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC) are preparatory to Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC), and National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) that draw a thousand campus journalists from public and private elementary and high school students. This year’s NSPC, it will be held on February 22-26, 2010 in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. 

During the Area Level Schools Press Conference (Southeast), the resounding call where the theme "Campus Journalism as a Catalyst for Change: Achieving the MDGs by 2015" was heard by a number of delegates from different towns within division of Cebu Province in Region VII who gathered in Sibonga National High School, Sibonga, Cebu for this year's competition. 

The 2-day-activity on October 2-3, 2009 held at the Sibonga Centrum on Friday & Sibonga National High School on Saturday, English Secondary Supervisor Mrs. Evelyn F. Balang welcomed the delegates to Presscon ’09 and lauded them for participating actively in the contest, as well as choosing Sibonga National High School in the southeast to host the ASPC.

"With the support of all schools within division of Cebu Province, this gathering has the potential of igniting the flame in bright young minds about writing and opportunities in journalism," English Supervisor Evelyn Balang said in her message. 

The ASPC is an activity of the Division Campus Journalism Program of Region VII, designed to upgrade the journalistic competencies of student writers for quality campus journalism. This year's competition centers on the issues of “Campus Journalism as a Catalyst for Change: Achieving the MDGs by 2015."  

Balang praised the school head, and teachers who provided the facilities and the time for a responsible journalism program within their school. 

She also cited the growing number of student journalists who seriously take their tasks of writing events, issues, activities and concerns through attractive, interesting and responsible reporting. 

During the ASPC awarding ceremony, only the top 15 participants as campus journalists were qualified to compete in Division Schools Press Conference ‘09. 

Minglanilla National Science High School student-writers grabbed numerous awards from diverse categories in English and Filipino to represent DSPC ‘09: Dave Martjee Paug, Copy reading & Headline Writing (1st place); Joy Tiffany Degamo, Sports Writing (1st place); Zyshan Castellano, Feature Writing (1st place); Vince Alex Villahermosa, Editorial Cartooning (1st place); Damsel Mondido, Sports Writing (1st place); Christbhel Garem Garcia, Photojournalism (3rd place); Mary Grace Gulay & Zyshan Nain Castellano, Copyreading & Headline Writing (8th place & 9th place, respectively); Debbie Ellis Daniel, Sports Writing (8th place); Kevin Ubas, Editorial Cartooning (3rd place); Justine Faith Basilla, Feature Writing (4th place); Katrina Lucero, Editorial Writing (6th place); Agnes Marie Auman, News Writing (8th place); Carlo Galicia, News Writing (`12th place); Ron Bugay, Editorial Writing (10th place); Wennie Langbid, Feature Writing (3rd place); Franzis Mari Lawas, Sports Writing (7th place); Mary Claire Christner Catado, Photojournalism (5th place); Don Francis Acapulco, Photojournalism (10th place); Aldrin Navarro, Editorial Cartooning (6th place); and Fedelf Niña Delfin, Editorial Cartooning (5th place).

The Division Schools Press Conference  held last November 11-13 at Daanbantayan, Cebu. Qualified MNSHS contestants as DSPC winners to RSPC ’09 will proceed to Dumanjug, Cebu Province Division, on December 2-4 for another competition both in English and Filipino categories, namely,  Franzis Mari Lawas (1st place in Sports Writing-English Category), Aldrin Navarro (3rd place in Editorial Cartooning-English Category), and Ron Bugay (6th place in Editorial Writing-English Category), Radio Broadcasting (7 winners, 1st place in English Category and Best in Anchor), Damsel Mondido (Filipino writer-winner, 4th place), Vince Alex Villahermosa (Filipino writer-winner, 4th place), Korinna Lucero (Filipino writer-winner, 2nd place), and Justine Faith Basilla (Filipino writer-winner, 1st place) in the forthcoming regional schools press conference will compete in editorial cartooning, feature writing, editorial writing, sports writing, news writing, photojournalism layout, radio scriptwriting, copyreading and headline writing. 

For radio broadcasting and scriptwriting, the registered winning contestants to compete in the forthcoming RSPC ’09 are: Peliza Faith Cabañero, Erica Latoza, Niña Bianca Deipraine, Carlo Marie Gonzalez, Klyss Gia Cabañero, Ivan Gabriel Briones, and Genevic Patindol. 

25 MNSHS staffers emerged victorious during presscon contests in Southeast Area Level Campus Journalism Workshop

              MNSHS staff writers both in English and Filipino, together with other delegates from Southeast Schools joined the Southeast Area Level Campus Journalism Workshop. It held at Dalaguete National High School last October 25-26.

             The campus journalists competed with other writers and they emerged victorious in different categories of journalistic writing. The contests, both in English and Filipino, were News, Editorial, Feature, Sports, Copyreading and Headlining, Photojournalism, and Editorial Cartooning.

              News and Editorial Writings, Photojournalism and Copyreading were done on the 1st day while Feature and Sports Writings, Editorial Cartooning, and Photo-layout were done on the 2nd day. Game viewing for Sports Writing took place in Dalaguete Sports Complex in which the volleyball was the main event of the game.

               Fortunately, almost all “The Access and Liwanag” staffers garnered and entailed themselves in 1st to 15th winning slots in their respective categories. For The Access staffers - English Edition (the coach is Dr. Ermetes F. Adolfo, Jr.), the 1st placers or champions were Dave Martjee Paug (III-Nickel) for Copyreading and Headline Writing and Carlo Galicia (I-Copper) for Editorial Writing. Galicia ranked also 3rd in News Writing.  

               The other placers were Phoebe Sharmae Florida (5th placer), and Don Francis Acapulco (8th placer) in Photojournalism, Zea Ara Mai Galado (2nd placer) in Editorial Writing. She also grabbed the 6th place in Sports Writing. In the same category, Franzis Mari Lawas ranked also 8th place. Aldrin Navarro got the 2nd place in Editorial Cartooning while in News Writing Category, Gio Abastillas got the 2nd place. In Copyreading and Headline Writing Category, Keiana Lapitan got the 15th place. In Feature Writing Category, Jessa Montellano ranked 4th place while Wennie Langbid, Jr. ranked 5th place.

               For Liwanag Staffers – Filipino Edition (the coach is Mrs. Begonia P. Tecson), Meldie Rose Sy got the 3rd place in Copyreading and Headline Writing. In News Writing, Damsel Mondido got the 1st place and Fritzie Cruda was on the 8th place. In Feature Writing, Justine Faith Basilla got the 3rd place and Lyn Alexia Pielago got the 2nd place. In Photojournalism, Robert Navales got the 11th place and the 12th place went to Khristbel Garem Garcia. In Editorial Cartooning, Vince Villagonzalo got the 2nd place and 4th place for Franklin Macarat. In Editorial Writing, Michelle Nicole Escuyos grabbed the 14th place and Joan Marisse Deguma for the 15th place. In Sports Writing, Jeffex James Canonigo was on the 3rd spot.
The aforementioned staffers were included in the top 15 to represent the Division Schools Press Conference at Consolacion Central School, Consolacion, Cebu on October 10-12.  

The Access news writer in English category joins RSPC

§  Present in the affair were Mandaue Mayor Jonas Cortes, Rep. Nerissa Soon-Ruiz, Dr. Arden Monisit and Director Recaredo Borgonia to name a few
§  Dr. Ermetes F. Adolfo, Jr. was a former classmate of Dr. Arden Monisit in post graduate studies, Doctorate Degree major in Educational Management from Southwestern University; both of them also graduated on the same date (Summer Graduation 2007)
§  1st placer Gio Abastillas was a contestant-writer in RSPC and the lone campus journalist from Minglanilla National Science High School to qualify for said competition

       The DepEd Region VII Schools Press Conference was formally opened last November 30 at the Mandaue City Sports Complex. The theme for RSPC ’08 is "Climate Change: A Call for Responsible Journalism." The opening was followed by a series of lectures and contests for the campus journalists the next day after.

              The opening events started early that day, with the registration of delegates from 19 divisions of Region VII. It was followed by a parade of all the delegates from  Mandaue City Plaza to Sports Complex, where the opening program was held. Present in the affair were Mandaue Mayor Jonas Cortes, Rep. Nerissa Soon-Ruiz, Dr. Arden Monisit, and Dir. Recaredo Borgonia, to name a few. Each of them gave messages of welcome and inspiration for the delegates. The raising of banners was led by Dir. Recaredo Borgonia, who was given the honor to raise the RSPC Flag. Meanwhile, the recitation of the Journalist's Creed was led by Flora Mae Cruz of the MCCNHS.

              The contest proper was held immediately the following day at the Mandaue City Comprehensive NHS. There was a one-hour lecture each for News Writing by Ms. Queenie S. Bronce, Copy Reading and Headline Writing by Ms. Connie Fernandez, Photo Journalism by Mr. Bien Fernandez, Sports Writing by Mr. Emmanuel Villaruel, Feature Writing by Ms. Mayette Tabada, Editorial Writing by Dr. Ramir Uytico, Editorial Cartooning by Mr. Ramesh Rosello, and Radio Broadcasting by Mrs. Jean Antiporta. After the lectures, the participants went to their respective venues for the contest.

               In this regional presscon, Gio L. Abastillas, one of our students from Minglanilla National Science High School in News Writing Category got 7th place but 5th place in the Division Level.

               The three-day annual Regional Schools Press Conference was organized by the DepEd VII to improve the journalistic skills of the campus journalists and their advisers. The winners of this affair represented the region for the National Schools Press Conference and it happened last February 15-21, 2009 in the Division of Naga City, Region V with the same theme “Climate Change: A Call for Responsible Campus Journalism.”

Thanks to extreme campus journalism!

This year’s theme is Campus Journalism as a Catalyst for Change: Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 is a challenge by every campus writer in the Philippines to have cognizance about all eight MDGs, particularly 1 and 7 - to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, and ensure environmental sustainability, respectively. The eight MDGs have been formulated in such a way that they are indeed measurable, quantifiable and realistic. Each of the eight goals has a set of targets. These targets are quantified through indicators that will be set as the benchmark for measuring each country’s progress.

            The campus journalists demonstrate understanding of the MDGs’ importance to the masses by expressing them through varied journalistic forms and approaches, demonstrate commitment to support MDGs by advocating and integrating them in related school community initiatives and enhance journalistic competence through healthy and friendly competitions such as individual, group, as well as radio broadcasting and scriptwriting contests.

            Are all of them paving the way for total awareness and solution to the crises laid down by the proponents of MDGs? What does the writer do to resolve global problems? Is it a better way to teach journalism like these on the campus?

            The better way to teach journalism, particularly MDGs, is to train them to write for life. Perhaps, that’s a motherhood phrase. What The Access writer really wanted to say is to go beyond the competition mode. The holding of competitions to test the skills of the students on campus journalism might have worked to a certain point. But making the students practice campus journalism more might do miracles and fish more youth to the craft of factual reporting. This is no critique on DepEd’s practice of holding schools press conferences from the division to the national levels. This is only the viewpoint of the school paper editorial board and staff as a whole.

As regards this year’s theme, is it possible? The goals are very catchy for the writers to resolve MDG 1 by helping halve the proportion of people living in extreme poverty between 1990 and 2015, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people, halve the proportion of population below minimum level of dietary energy consumption and halve the proportion of underweight children, and halve the proportion of people with no access to safe drinking water or those who cannot afford it by 2015.

For MDG 7, the writers resolve by helping implement national strategies for sustainable development by 2005, reverse loss of environmental resources by 2015, reduce biodiversity loss, halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, and have achieved a significant improvement in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers.

But how does campus journalism really work? What makes it a solution to the problem? Journalism by simple means is the propagation of implementing rules, policies, etc. and the dissemination of valuable information by the use of various media, if this is the case, why don’t we use extreme campus journalism as a means of making the people, especially the youth, aware of what is happening around them today? If they have increased awareness and heightened participation, the plans of development would be realized and the MDGs would be successfully carried out. As a result, significant decrease in poverty and amplified a much-needed boost in national economy come to follow as the people go hand in hand and work with the heart to ameliorate the conditions of the environment. We are living in this labyrinth-filled nature and cycle of ups and downs by which the globe of our fate revolves. Our conditions are still not sustainable, not enough to cope with the needs of our brethren; therefore, we have to set our eyes to the MDGs and apply draconian measures in order to emphasize the adequacy of our living conditions at present. Thanks to extreme campus journalism!

Congratulations Mingscians! First placer in radio broadcasting in English category and best in anchor…

             The contestant-writers, radio broadcasters, and coach Dr. Ermetes F. Adolfo, Jr. from Minglanilla National Science High School won at DSPC ’09 competition with English categories (Editorial Writing, Sports Writing, and Editorial Cartooning, including RadioBroadcasting) during the Division Schools Press Conference ’09 at Daanbantayan, Cebu.


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