With the aim to produce, develop and prepare the budding campus writers to become responsible journalists and to improve the quality of the campus paper, the editorial staff of the “Banwag” of the higher education department and “Bidlisiw” of the Basic Education Department conducted a one day seminar-workshop on Campus Journalism last August 13, 2011 at the SMC Criminology Conference Room.
The resource speaker, Atty. Cherry T. Sumaoy, made the discussion about RA 7079 or otherwise known as the Campus Journalism Act of 1991. Little did the participants know that the practice on campus journalism is actually supported by a specific law which is the RA 7079. She pointed out that such Act aims to promote awareness and develop young talents in journalism. It is also intended to uphold and protect the freedom of the press at the campus level. The Campus Journalism Act of 1991 requires the government to educate young writers, and designates the Department of Education (DepEd) to oversee periodic competitions, press conferences and training seminars for student editors and writers and for teacher advisers.
What then is the role of Campus journalism? Well, as she pointed out, Section 2. Declaration of Policy. — It is the declared policy of the State to uphold and protect the freedom of the press even at the campus level and to promote the development and growth of campus journalism as a means of strengthening ethical values, encouraging critical and creative thinking, and developing moral character and personal discipline of the Filipino youth. In furtherance of this policy, the State shall undertake various programs and projects aimed at improving the journalistic skills of students concerned and promoting responsible and free journalism.
Further, Atty. Sumaoy, pointed out that Campus journalism serves as a means to:
a.) strengthen the ethical values of the student writers
b.) encourage critical and creative thinking, and
c.) develops the moral character and personal discipline of the students.
She cautioned the participants by saying: “A RESPONSIBLE JOURNALIST MUST UPHOLD THE HIGHEST PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL STANDARDS BECAUSE JOURNALISM IS MORE THAN EXCELLENT WRITING SKILLS.
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St. Michael's College of Iligan City, a Catholic institution of higher learning in Iligan City, administered by the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM), offering four levels of education: elementary, secondary, tertiary and graduate school.
Its programs are accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) for 25 years, a silver triumph indeed!