IN A bid to strengthen its campus journalists, Stella Maris Academy of Davao (SMAD) organized a Journalism workshop with SunStar Davao on October 19, 2019.
“This is the first time for SMAD to tap a pool of experts, particularly Sunstar Davao, to provide capacity building training on Campus Journalism. This is also the part of the effort to prepare them for participation in division and national press conference,” Student-Teacher Projects Chair Romeo M. Montenegro said.
The training included workshops on copyreading, editorial, news, sports, and feature writing which was participated by students from grades 4 to 10.
Six of the students will be competing for the regional student press conference. Five are coming from the elementary level while one is from the high school level.
According to SMAD School Paper Adviser Patricia Leigh Gonzales, these workshops also serve to inspire the students to continue journalism writing despite having other academic activities.
“Naa man guy times mawad-an ug gana ang mga bata sa journalism. Unta through ani, they will still continue their passion in journalism (There are times when the students lose their drive for journalism. I hope that through this, they will continue having a passion for journalism),” she said.
Gonzales added that training with professionals is new to the students. She hopes that through the workshops, the students will experience journalism through the perspective of the reporters.
“Kani siya new gyud ni sa ila. Makatabang pud ni sila para sa among school paper kay we are planning na after these training our articles pwede na namo ma ano sa school paper contest (This is really new to students. The workshop would also help the school paper as we are planning to publish their articles from the training for the school paper contest),” she said. (Allan Acera Jr. and Jamrell Vincette Buynay, AdDU interns)