DAGUPAN CITY – Some 300 budding journalists from elementary schools in the city gathered for the annual Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC) held today at the West Central Elementary School.
The two-day DSPC featured contest for different journalism endeavours and approaches like news, feature, editorial , headline, science and technology and sports writing. It also included competitions on photojournalism, collaborative desktop publishing and broadcasting.
Dr. Froserfina Bravo, schools division superintendent, said the activity aims to promote responsible journalism and fair and ethical use of social media among campus journalists.
“I am happy to see many contestants for this year because this means many are interested to learn and be a part of this campus journalism contest,” Bravo said during the opening program held at the Division Training Center.
At least 32 public and 22 private elementary schools in the city fielded their contestants in the various categories. Contest for the secondary level will be on November 6-7 also in the same venue.
Top seven winners in each category will advance to the regional contest to be hosted by Pangasinan II Division on December 9, 2015.
The National Schools Press Conference, where the DSPC is anchored, is the highest competition forjournalism in both private schools and public elementary and high schools in the Philippines. It was established in the year 1991 in pursuant to Section 1, Rule IX of Republic Act 7079 also known as Campus Journalism Act of 1991. (VHS/PIA-1Pangasinan)