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2020 NSPC Collaborative Desktop Publishing Contest

Attached is a copy of Enclosure No. 5 to DepEd Memorandum 176, s. 2019 dated November 23, 2019, from DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn M. Sevilla, Officer-in-Charge, DepEd-Central Office entitled “2020 NATIONAL SCHOOLS PRESS CONFERENCE”, the contents of which are self-explanatory, for information and strict compliance.

2020 NSPC Guidelines for the Collaborative Desktop Publishing Contest

A. The competition is designed to encourage teamwork among campus journalists and simulate the workplace of an editorial department in a publishing house.

B. Each region shall organize a team of seven members who shall not be competing in any of the national individual writing contest. There will be one team for English and another for Filipino, both at the elementary and secondary levels. Contestants shall wear their uniform with identification cards.

C. All contestants are required to attend the orientation before the actual competition.

D. Once the contest has started, members of each team shall no longer be allowed to go back to their quarters nor communicate in all forms (text, call, chat, etc.) with their respective advisers until the end of the contest.

E. A mini press conference will be held to become the basis for the actual writing of the editorial, feature and news articles. The sports writers shall attend coverage of an actual sports event. The photojoumalists shall take pictures of the mini press conference and editorial cartoons will be produced while the rest of the team is doing write-ups, layouting and editing.

F. Sports writers and photojournalists must be ready to watch an actual game where they shall gather appropriate data and/or conduct interview before and after the game. A pre-game conference shall be conducted for the introduction of the players, coaches, and tournament officials. Consequently, a post conference shall be held for further interview and data gathering.

G. The team will be given four (4) hours for data gathering, writing, layouting, and editing.

H. Each team is allowed to bring at least two (2) digital/DSLR cameras, one (1) inkjet printer with scanner, one (1) card reader, one (1) blank flash drive, extension wires and a maximum of (4) laptops installed with either PAGEMAKER or IN DESIGN and Photoshop (for the secondary level) and Microsoft Publisher (for the elementary level) for the layout of the group’s final output and A4 size photo paper.

I. All contestants shall submit laptops cleared of stored documents including prepared templates or any pre-written files or references therein.

J. Submission to the NTWG shall be on February 16, 2020 (up to 5PM only).

K. Failure to submit the laptops on/before the set deadline shall mean disqualification of the competing team.

L. Laptops with files shall not be allowed during the competition.

M. The host region will provide six (6) scanners for the editorial cartoon (three for elementary and three for secondary [English/Filipino]) as back up for the contestants.

N. Mobile phones and other electronic gadgets shall not be allowed except for digital cameras and laptops with disabled internet connection.

O. Each team will be required to convert their output into PDF, print in A4 size 80 gsm bond paper and submit it to the contest committee. The collaborative desktop publishing team shall submit both hard and soft copies of their entries. They should ensure that no identifying marks about their school, division or region can be found on their output as it would be a ground for disqualification.

P. The output of the contest is an A4-size four-page full-colored publication. The output will be stored in a flash drive provided by the NTWG and uploaded to the designated computer for judging.

Q. The top (7) seven teams shall be recognized and their points will be included in the determination of the overall scores.

R. The decision of the Board of Judges shall be deemed final and irrevocable.


2020 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) – Score Sheet for Collaborative Desktop Publishing


Download DepEd Memorandum No. 176, s. 2019

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