Vol. 1 Issue No. 1 November-December 2015 …page 7
Young writers as well as their mentors from the town’s three public high schools attended the first ever Flora District Secondary School Training Workshop of School Paper Advisers and Campus Journalists to help enhance their skills last Oct. 27-28 at the Flora National High School (FNHS).
The two-day lecture and workshop which was organized by FNHS faculty headed by its Principal Danilo Cudiamat was part of the campus journalists’ preparation for the upcoming Division School Press Conference to be held Nov. 18 in Sipa, Sta. Marcela. The annual SPC is simultaneously held nationwide.
A total of 72 student writers and six of their advisers had the chance to avail inputs from invited resource speakers that included Nazario A. Rodriguez Jr., Frederick Peneyra and Florida Valenzuela, Felix Ferrer and Kevin Honorio.
FNHS has the most participants with 34 students and three advisers while Allig National Agricultural and Technical High School (ANATHS) sent 24 students and one adviser and Mayor Ricardo De San Jose Comprehensive High School (MRDCHS) had 14 and two.
In his message, Cudiamat said this training would upgrade the students’ competence and broaden their knowledge as he told them that competency should come first before competition.
He said that by being competent writers it tends to make the students confident and that this training is crucial in preparing them to be more competitive during the DSPC.
Rodriguez, a veteran journalist, gave a lecture on news writing, editorial writing and sports writing techniques as well as basic information about the newspaper and jargons used by journalists while performing their tasks inside the press room and on the field.
The students also learned about straight news construction, headline writing, editing styles and a formula to make a good editorial piece.
Ferrer gave a lecture and workshop on feature writing and collaborative/digital publishing while Peneyra took care of photojournalism and captioning, scriptwriting and radio broadcasting. Honorio lectured (also with a workshop) on editorial cartooning and Valenzuela on copy reading and headline writing.
Similar lectures and workshop-trainings were also provided to grade 4-6 pupils from the different public elementary schools at the Flora Central School last Nov. 7 in preparation for the DSPC.