DIPOLOG CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / June 12, 2009) - The Zamboanga del Norte Press Club is to hold a series of campus journalism workshops in an effort to hone the writing skills among elementary and high school students in the province, the Philippine Information Agency reported on Friday.
It said the workshops would be held in nine cluster areas starting next month. The workshops, which has become a regular project of the press club every year, are in partnership with the Department of Education (DepED) and PIA.
Having seen the efforts of the press club in helping the students develop their skills in journalistic writing very laudable, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and the Embassy of the United States of America through Ambassador Kristie Kenney handed the club some financial support.
The NGCP has provided for the cash prizes that will be given to the winners of the writing competitions during the campus journalism workshops. While the US Embassy has donated $3,000 to the club for the purchase of a laptop computer, projector and projector screen to be used by the lecturers during the seminar.
When ZNPC officers led by President Editha Tomong went to the US embassy in Manila to receive the cash donation, Press Attache Rebecca Brown Thompson told them that the ZNPC was the first local media organization to gain access to the funds of the US Embassy "after thorough background check" and after having found to have a very credible track record with credible and united officers and members.
Topics to be lectured during campus journalism workshops include newswriting, feature writing, editorial writing, copyreading and headline writing, sports writing, page layout, broadcasting, media ethics and laws on libel, according to the PIA.