DepEd announced the virtual conduct of NSPC 2021.
The Department of Education (DepEd) had officially announced the virtual conduct of the 2021 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) in order to promote responsible journalism and fair and ethical use of social media among school learners.
Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said in DepEd Memorandum No. 050 series of 2021 that the NSPC 2021 was set from August 11 to 13 and will be conducted online.
The NSPC 2021, dubbed as the “National Conference on Campus Journalism in the 21st Century”, was anchored on the theme “Pahayagang Pangkampus: Kaagapay sa Paghilom at Pagbangon ng Sambayanan”.
According to Briones, the virtual conduct of the conference was pursuant to Republic Act 7079 (also known as Campus Journalism Act of 1991) and its implementing rules and regulations (IRR), specifically Rule IX of Section I.
In the memorandum dated August 4, Briones said that the conference aimed to capacitate learners, school paper advisers, and relevant field personnel with understanding of the importance of journalism by expressing it through different journalistic approaches and endeavours.
Briones also said that the conference also sought to sustain advocacy on environmental awareness and social consciousness and to “provide a venue for enriching learning experience for students interested in Journalism as a career or those who intend to use skills sets learned through campus journalism to give them better edge in their chosen careers”.
In addition, Briones said that the conference aimed to “showcase the campus journalistic skills of students across the regions” and to “promote responsible journalism and fair and ethical use of social media” as well.
Based on the DepEd memorandum, conference activities shall include the training workshops on the following:
- Documentary Film (Investigative Report, Advocacy Journalism, Science Discovery)
- Online Publication
- Mobile Journalism
- Research on Campus Journalism
- Development of Instructional Materials on Campus Journalism
- TV Scriptwriting and Broadcasting (English and Filipino)
- Editorial Cartooning
- Radio Scriptwriting and Broadcasting (English and Filipino)
- Editorial and Column Writing
- Sports Writing
- News and Feature Writing
- Orientation on the Search for Outstanding Campus Journalism Project.
DepEd also said that it adhered to the rule concerning intellectual property rights and plagiarism in the conduct of the said activity. It asked every region to determine their own official participants (both students and school paper advisers).