By Jennifer C. Tilos
The Schools Division of Dumaguete City of the Department of Education (DepEd) will host this year’s National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) on February 19 to 23.
Dubbed as the Olympics of Campus Journalism, NSPC is set to gather the best student-journalists from the 17 regions all over the Philippines.
Close to 5,000 campus journalists from the public and private elementary and secondary schools from all over the country are expected to converge at this capital city of Negros Oriental.
The 2018 NSPC has acknowledged the “vital role of the campus journalist in promoting comprehensive education for all.”
This year’s official theme of the 2018 NSPC is “Embracing ASEAN Integration: Campus journalists’ role in advancing inclusive education.”
Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN Integration aims to build a successful and more united ASEAN that has concrete effects on the lives of individuals.
The journalism contest starts with the Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC), where the top three to seven in each category depending on the size of the certain region qualifies to the Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC), and from which the top three will be chosen to represent their respective regions in the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC).
The Campus Journalists will be competing in three categories namely Individual Contests which include News Writing, Feature Writing, Editorial Writing, Science and Technology Writing, Photojournalism, and Editorial Cartooning.
School Paper Contests where the campus journalists battle in the different categories: News Section, Features Section, Editorial Section, Science and Technology Section, Sports Section, and Layout and Page Design, and Group Contests: Radio Script Writing and Broadcasting Contest, Collaborative Desktop Publishing (CDP) Contest, and TV Script Writing and Broadcasting Contests (for secondary level).
Two contests are for exhibition only, namely, Column Writing which belongs to individual contests, and online publishing contest for secondary under the Group Contests.
Expected to grace the annual national writing tilts are Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, Central Office officials, regional and division officials, and local government officials.