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DepEd to hold 2017 National Schools Press Conference

PASIG CITY, January 20, 2017 – To provide a venue for students where they can enhance their skills in different journalistic endeavors and approaches, the Department of Education (DepEd) is set to conduct the 2017 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) from January 22 to 25, 2017 in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.

This year’s host region is Region IX, with Pagadian City and Zamboanga del Sur as its host schools divisions.

Anchored on the theme, “Strengthening Freedom of Information through Campus Journalism,” this conference aims to equip and provide students with knowledge, skills and experience in campus journalism.

The conference also aims to sustain advocacy on social consciousness and environmental awareness, promote responsible journalism and fair and ethical use of social media, and enhance journalistic competence through healthy and friendly competitions.

The NSPC consists of concurrent sessions with workshops, and individual and group contests.

The individual contests include Editorial Writing, News Writing, Feature Writing, Sports Writing, Editorial Cartooning, Copyreading and Headline Writing, Photojournalism, and Science and Technology Writing.

Meanwhile, the group contests are Radio Script Writing and Broadcasting Contests, Collaborative Desktop Publishing (CPD) Contest, Online Publishing Contest (exhibition for secondary level), TV Script Writing and Broadcasting Contests (for secondary level).

Both the individual and group contests will have English and Filipino categories.

This effort is pursuant to Republic Act (RA) No. 7079 (Campus Journalism Act of 1991), and the DepEd Memorandum No. 216, s. 2016 or the 2017 National Schools Press Conference which is available at

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