School paper advisers undergo journalism workshop

May 31, 2015 at 9:44 pm Leave a comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY- Thirty three elementary and secondary teachers from private and public schools who are advisers of school newspapers in this city have undergone a three-day workshop on Campus Journalism conducted by Mavic Lee’s Tutorial Center last May 25 to 27 at the Library Building of Urdaneta City National High School (UCNHS).

The workshop aimed to immerse the teachers on the aspects of news writing and broadcasting, both for radio and television, in preparation of the annual competition of campus journalists during the Press Schools Conferences from the Division Level up to the national level, an activity sponsored by the Department of Education (DepEd).

Maria Victoria Mones-Lee, an experienced television production staff of I-Witness, The Price Is Right, At Iba Pa, etc. in various TV stations who now owned the tutorial center, led the workshop and talked on the importance of students’ role in the changing world through mass media, television news production and journalists’ code of ethics.
This writer served as the main facilitator on topics such as news writing, editorial writing, copy reading, photo journalism, headlining and broadcasting focusing on preparing news radio scripts and radio newscasts.

The workshop used the experiential approach to learning where the participants were given news prompters to write followed by short lectures on the topics being discussed.

On photojournalism, the participants were given assignments simulating a news production group where they took shots of the given subjects.

The participants underwent workshops on news writing for print, radio and television, which afterwards were critiqued pointing out weaknesses of the outputs.

Virgilio Cuison, school paper adviser of Anonas National High School and president of the Association of Urdaneta City School Organ Advisers (AUCSOA) said the approach provided by the workshop’s facilitators was new and gave him more knowledge and skills in campus journalism.

“I have attended seminars on campus journalism before where resource persons talk too much during their lectures without letting us experience the process involved on the aspects of journalism. Your approach has given us more insights particularly on the new trends on journalism,” Cuison said. “I am now more inspired to coach my students.”

Education Program Supervisor Desiree Hidalgo, who graced the closing ceremonies of the seminar, said the workshop was very timely because the city schools division fared dismally during the Regional Secondary Press Conference.

“We thanked the facilitators for this opportunity.. With the feedbacks I received from the participants, this workshop is excellent. You, facilitators have done your best to provide us the necessary skills. Hopefully, with the new skills the advisers have acquired, Urdaneta City Schools Division will fare well in the regional competition and up to the national level,”. Hidalgo said.

Nilda S. Ramos of Palina East Elementary School and Leslie Delos Trino of. Camantiles National High School provided the impression during the closing program of the said workshop.

Both said the workshop has been an eye opener for them to work more on campus journalism.

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