Training young campus journalists

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By Mimi Olorga

Points of View

Friday, August 22, 2014


ARMED with pen and paper, the young campus writers of Tabao National High School in Valladolid and San Enrique National High School in San Enrique braved the rain over the weekend to attend a seminar-workshop on basic journalism.

The activity was called Inkblots 2014, facilitated by the staff of Philippine Artisan, the official student publication of the Technological University of the Philippines-Visayas (TUP-V) based in Talisay.

It was held at the Tabao NHS. More than 80 promising staffers of Tabao's The Zephyr and San Enrique's The Crow attended Inkblots.

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Why Inkblots? Just as what most artists do, writers leave a mark once they start penning their thoughts on paper. The start may just be rambling words or phrases, scribbled just to help the thinker record his thoughts. The middle could be a handful of manuscripts, drafts of the article, which are all put into one coherent whole. Lo and behold, the end would be what finds its way on circulation and other media!

The seminar was part of the outreach projects of Philippine Artisan staff who wanted to share their knowledge and skills in campus writing to budding high school writers.

The heavy downpour did not deter the students and their respective advisers from coming. Some came from the far-flung barrios, others hail from coastal barangays.

Because of the volume of participants, we had to divide them into two groups, with simultaneous activities.

Despite the tasks, the hospitable accommodation extended by the administration and faculty of the two schools were more than enough to keep us going.

The staff of Philippine Artisan made their presentations. With PowerPoint presentations, active participation during question-and-answer portion, and written articles, both lecturers and participants enjoyed discussing news writing, feature writing, editorial writing, opinion writing, sports writing and literary writing.

There were also lectures on photojournalism and copyreading.

The hours seemed to tick slower that day. With the intermittent rain, some parents dropped by to check on their kids and the proceedings. Some even stayed to fetch their kids. But even with the Angelus bells tolling, the day did not seem to end with the vibrant kids still wanting to learn some more tips on writing.

As we bid them good luck for their writing endeavor (and for them to make it to the regional or even national levels), we saw the glimmer of hope fill their eyes. With our goodbye, we got another learning experience. We have not only left an imprint on paper; we have made one indelible mark in the hearts and minds of this country's next generation of writers.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 23, 2014.

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