Young photo journalists of NSPC 2017 visit the Provincial Capitol of Zamboanga del Sur
The National School Press Conference for this year is held here in Pagadian City in the province of Zamboanga del Sur. The conference is an annual journalism competition for elementary and high school students that advocates on social consciousness and environmental awareness, promote responsible journalism and fair and ethical use of social media, and enhance journalistic competence through healthy and friendly competitions.
For this year’s conference, it is anchored on the theme, “Strengthening Freedom of Information through Campus Journalism,” which aims to equip and provide students with knowledge, skills and experience in campus journalism.
The National School Press Conference is consists of simultaneous sessions with workshops, and individual and group contests.
The individual contests include Editorial Writing, News Writing, Feature Writing, Sports Writing, Editorial Cartooning, Copy Reading and Headline Writing, Photojournalism, and Science and Technology Writing. As for the group contests there are Radio Script Writing and Broadcasting Contests, Collaborative Desktop Publishing (CPD) Contest, Online Publishing Contest (exhibition for secondary level), TV Script Writing and Broadcasting Contests (for secondary level).
On Monday, January 23, 2017, more or less one hundred eight (108) elementary and secondary students from schools all over the Philippines, who are competing for the photojournalism category, have visited the Provincial Capitol for their photojournalism competition.
The participants captured different angles of the provincial capitol, its offices and employees while working or doing transactions.
Vincent Dominic I. Salinel a student from Saint Peters Academy Polangge, ALbay in Bicol Region is one of the 108 students competing for the photojournalism category. He is up against strong competitors from each region who are here; all are focused on winning the top prizes and bringing home the honor to their region and schools.
When asked about the reason why they have chosen the provincial capitol to be the area or subject for their competition, he said that to elaborate more the theme of this year’s conference, “Strengthening of Freedom of Information….” Because according to him, it is in the provincial capitol that transactions, protocols and the like happens and which will be implemented in a municipality, city and the province.
Leonila A. Nunieza, Education Program Supervisor from DepEd Regional office expressed her gratitude and thanks to Governor Antonio H. Cerilles for allowing them to have their photojournalism competition held in the capitol and to make it the subject of their photos.
Through photojournalism competition, according to her, the young journalist or aspiring journalists are taught to convey and share their thoughts based on facts.