An estimated 4,000 campus journalists, trainers and Department of Education (DepEd) officials coming from all over the country are converged here for the five-day 2011 National Schools Press Conference slated April 11-15.
Butuan City is this year’s host for the annual National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) which is the venue of competition among the best in campus journalism from both private and public elementary and high schools in the Philippines.
In a statement furnished to the Philippines News Agency by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga regional office through OIC PIA-Caraga Regional Director Abner Caga, it is said that the Butuan City Government and the Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte are co-hosting the annual nationwide campus journalism event.
Caga said that according to Department of Education-Caraga regional director Gloria D. Benigno, this year’s invited keynote speaker is former Bukidnon Rep. Neric Acosta.
Among the National School Press Conference’ previous hosts were Tagum City in Davao del Norte, Naga City in Camarines Sur, Koronadal City in South Cotabato, Baguio City in Benguet, Kalibo in Aklan, Surigao City in Surigao del Norte, Laguna, Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu, General Santos City and Dagupan City.
Established in the year 1991 pursuant to Republic Act 7079 also known as Campus Journalism Act of 1991, the press conference includes both students from the elementary and secondary level and is usually held every February.
Students who compete attend seminars before the actual competition.
Preparation for the NSPC starts at the Division Level with the Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC).
The editorial members of campus papers in a division compete in English or Filipino in different categories.
The top three winners for each category in each language medium are then qualified for the Regional Level. The same rules apply at the Regional Schools Press Conference. (PNA)