By Judyann Sonido
After more than 16 years of competing in the schools press conference, Limians finally got a spot to compete in the 2014 National Schools Press Conference to be held at Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Free Port Zone, on April 7- 20, with the theme, “Campus Journalism & Transformational Leadership”.
Christian Jarce, 4th year student from Camp Vicente Lim National High School will be representing not only the school, but the whole Division of Calamba City in the 2014 NSPC. He won 2nd place in the Editorial Cartooning, Filipino category in the 2013 Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC), and will be competing along with two other delegates from other division in Region IV- A, CALABARZON.
The school also had five other delegates who competed in the different categories: Desktop Collaboration, Editorial Cartooning, Science and Health Writing, Editorial Writing, and Copy reading and Headline Writing, English and Filipino in the regional level. Nicole Angela Mallari, the Editor- in- chief of “The Leader” ranked 4th in the schools press conference, Desktop Collaboration, Editorial category. However, only the top three winners will advance to the national level to represent the region.
These students were chosen by their school paper advisers, Josefina de Grano, Lorna Parala, Virginia Papas, Arlene Aring, and Rodrigo Badillo, and undergone seminars and trainings before they were able to compete. Before the regional level was the Division Schools Press Conference held at Jose Rizal Memorial School on Oct. 17, 18, and 22, 2013. Winners advanced to the regional level which was at Dasmariñas City, Cavite on Jan. 27- 31.
Series of trainings and seminars conducted were from July to September, during Saturdays . Resource speakers and trainors were invited to share their knowledge among the student journalists. Also, cliniquing sessions in the division level were conducted to make sure that all participants are ready for the competition. [See also: Cliniquing sessions ]
“The Leader” and “Ang Lider”, the school’s official gazette, publishing issues once an academic year were also official entries of Calamba City division in the regional schools press conference. The Leader won second place for the best school paper in the division level, garnering the following awards: Best Editorial, Feature, Layout and Design, Sports, Science and Health, and News page. [See: Criteria for group category ] Moreover, the Division of Calamba City ranked overall fourth in the Region IV-A, CALABARZON and garnered the total score of 4, 676.18 (2, 199.68 for the Elementary and 2, 476.50 for the Secondary level).
These awards motivated the student journalists to continue serving as the voice of the voiceless, and to show their passion for journalism. With the increasing pressure and demands of the modern day, the school’s journalism body are working hand in hand to bring back the spirit of journalism in the heart of the Limians.
“Exploration and motivation”, these were the key words cited by Mrs. Josefina de Grano, “The Leader” adviser, when asked about their strategy in meeting the modern demands of campus journalism in Camp Vicente Lim National High School. For more than 16 years of joining in the annual schools press conference, there are inevitable conflicts and struggles faced by the campus journalism body. “Tamad silang magbasa. Wala silang pakialam”, referring to the high school students. She enumerated the following problems in campus journalism: audience attention, technology, and lack of focus and motivation. The school’s journalism body are finding ways to cope up with the modern generation. The conflict they say, arises from satisfying the interest of the high school students and meeting the expectations of the judges. However, with joint force and willingness shown by the student journalists, the school news paper continues its circulation.
An entry to the national schools press conference gave hope to the Limians as they continue showing their craft and passion for journalism. Through this, they are hoping that the eager for journalism will also reach the students of all level.
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A self- drawn image of Chritian Jarce, Calamba City delegate in the 2014 National Schools Press Conference, Editorial Cartooning, Filipino category.
Photo by: Christian Jarce