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Division Seminar-Workshop in Campus Journalism at DepEd Balanga City: A Challenging and Successful Undertaking

posted Aug 15, 2014, 12:54 AM by Fernan Lezada - DALSC   [ updated Aug 15, 2014, 1:27 AM ]

by Dr. Corazon T. Lopez

Participants to the Division Seminar – Workshop in Campus Journalism as they painstakingly write the hottest local news during
the News Writing Contest.

                             “Superb presentation of topics, very challenging workshops and a rich experience to the School Paper Advisers!” exclaimed 
by Mrs. Virginia D. Enriquez, Head of the English Department at Bataan National High School. 

            This is how Mrs. Enriquez, one of the participants, described the three-day Division Seminar-Workshop in Campus Journalism which was held on July 24-26, 2014 at M. P. Cuaderno Memorial Elementary School and was participated in by 70 School Paper Advisers from public and private elementary and secondary schools, 12 School Heads and one department head in the Division of Balanga City. 

            This journalistic activity was the brainchild of Dr. Corazon T. Lopez, Education Program Supervisor in Filipino. The findings in her Action Research entitled “Factors Affecting the Dwindling Performance of DepEd Balanga City in the Regional and National Campus Journalism Competitions” revealed that there is indeed a dire need to conduct this noble undertaking. Hence, it primarily aimed to improve the performance of DepEd Balanga City in Campus Journalism competitions. Its specific objectives were: to equip the neophyte School Paper Advisers with news writing, collaborative publishing and broadcasting knowledge and skills and to enhance those of the seasoned ones, deepen the participants’ interest and love for Campus Journalism and to further improve their School Paper advising tasks and styles. 

            To achieve the aforementioned objectives, resource speakers with vast experiences in the field of Campus Journalism were invited. They were as follows: Mr. Ariel C. Lansang-Desktop Collaborative Publishing, Mr. Arlene James S. Pagaduan-Radio Scriptwriting and Broadcasting and Dr. Flora D. Canare-Editorial Writing, Newswriting and Feature Writing. Undoubtedly, they discussed their respective topics with vigor, clarity and expertise. Mrs. Jovy Singzon, Principal of G. L. David Elementary School, enably tackled the rights and duties of School Paper Advisers. 

            The resource speakers were not contented in just giving lectures, so they furtherly challenged the participants to draw out their best during news writing, desktop collaborative publishing and broadcasting workshops, wherein the best outputs in these categories were chosen and cash awards and certificates of recognitions were given. The participants who garnered awards are the following: 

Desktop Collaborative Publishing 

First Place
Lourdes B. Fabrez, Melinda J. Nisay 
Melinda S. Mendoza, Donna C. Caragay 
Sonia A. Labrador, Angelica T. Ambrocio 
Aiza O. Pabustan 

Second Place
Joahna S. Sabado, Arlene S. Reyes, 
Almaira R. Dalidig, Maristela D. Fabian 
Mirasol L. Galang, Cherrilyn L. Mata, 
Socorro V. Gutierrez 

Third Place
Carla D. Rivera, Veronica Michelle Tuazon 
Luzviminda E. Montemayor 
Mary Grace C. Dela Cruz 
Anecia L. Rapiz, Neriza P. Cabreta 
Edelyn T. Manalaysay 

Radio Scriptwriting & Broadcasting 

First Place 
 Analiza S. Dispo, Tammie Marie G. Nisay 
Ramir T. Figuracion, Catherine D. Ambrocio 
Michael Ven D. Ariem, Mary Grace B. Almario 

Second Place
Carla D. Rivera, Veronica Michelle Tuazon 
Luzviminda E. Montemayor 
Mary Grace C. Dela Cruz, Anecia L. Rapiz, 
Mrs. Neriza P. Cabreta 
Mrs. Edelyn T. Manalaysay 

Third Place
 Ma. Elena B. Mallari, Mary Ann G. Balajo 
Agripina Buensuceso, Nerissa D. de Jesus 
Sandee C. Olubia, Clair C. Basi 
Dianalyn P. Santos 

Best Infomercial Producers : Carleen S. Bautista, Rose Andrea M. Garcia 

Best in Technical Application: Dianalyn P. Santos 

Best Scriptwriter: Ramir T, Figuracion 

Best News Presenter: Veronica Michelle Tuazon 

            In News writing, Editorial Writing and Feature Writing (in their respective orders), the First placers are: Carleen Bianca S. Bautista, Veronica Michelle Tuazon and Mercedita J. Nuestro; Second Placers are: Rechelle V. Forbes, Lourdes V. Fabrez and Kristine Joy L. Andres, and the Third placers are : Jennifer J. Tutol, Elna T. Valencia and Angelica T. Ambrocio. 

            Dr. Lopez took also the activity as the most opportune time to induct the new set of DSPAA officers namely; President-Mrs. Analiza S. Dispo, Vice-President-Mrs. Veronica S. Tuazon, Secretary-Mrs. Edelyn T. Manalaysay, Treasurer-Mrs. Carla D. Rivera, Peace Officer-Mr. Dennis Flores, PRO-Mrs Arlene S. Reyes, Mrs. Joahna S. Sabado, Auditor-Mr. Eduardo F. Molina. 

            The evaluation of the participants to the training showed that the general impact of the activity to them was “Excellent,” which shows that it was indeed a successful undertaking. 

            Aside from the aforementioned resource persons who contributed to the success of the training, the following factors were also considered: the inspirational message of the Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Ronaldo A. Pozon, the assistance of Acting Supervisor in English, Mrs. Marlyn B. Gerio during the training proper and the enthusiastic support of the newly installed Division School Paper Advisers Association Officers (DSPAA).