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2020 NSPC Guidelines for Radio Script Writing & Broadcasting Contest

Attached is a copy of Enclosure No. 7 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 Radio Script Writing & Broadcasting Contest

General Guidelines

1. Each region shall have two (2) separate teams composed of seven (7) members for the English and Filipino categories. The members should not be participants in any contest.

2. To facilitate proper identification, the participants are required to wear white polo shirt with their valid school ID/NSPC IDs especially during the contest proper.

3. A one (1) hour orientation shall be conducted for all the contestants.

4. Individual awards include best anchor and best news presenter, while group awards include best in technical application, best infomercial and best script.

5. In getting the overall results for best radio production, accumulated points from the individual and group awards shall be considered.

6. The decision of the Board of Judges in all aspects of the contest shall be deemed final and irrevocable.

7. Any breach or violation of the stipulated guidelines shall be valid grounds for disqualification.


1. Each team may use up to three (3) official laptops, cleared of stored documents, and an inkjet printer in preparing and printing of the script.

2. All laptops shall be cleared of stored documents including prewritten files or references therein except music or sound effects files.

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

4. Each team is required to bring their own extension wires and other equipment for rehearsal.

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

6. Laptops with files other than music or sound effects files shall not be allowed during the competition.

7. The students will be given 1 1/2 hours to prepare a script for a 5-minute radio broadcast, that includes an infomercial, which may depict health, environment, politics and social issues, and four (4) news articles, which may be based on press releases, raw data, or any other option given by the NTWG. The infomercial shall have a maximum length of (1) minute and shall use the language that the group is competing in. Another 30 minutes will be allotted for the printing of the output. After two (2) hours, each team should submit four (4) copies of the script. Three (3) will be submitted to the judges and one (1) to the NTWG. The team mayprint extra copies for their own use.

8. Once the script writing has commenced, the contestants will no longer be allowed to leave the contest rooms. For personal necessities, a member of the contest committee shall accompany them to the rest rooms.

9. The script should not bear any information that may identify the school, division or region, but it should include the names of the members of the team with their job assignment/contribution (i.e. anchor, news presenter, etc.).

10. Scripts should be:

  • encoded using Arial font size 12
  • with directorial instructions in capital letters
  • double-spaced with normal margin (linch on all sides)
  • printed in A4-sized bond paper (8.27×11.69 inches)

Broadcast Simulation

1. A broadcast room for the presentation shall be identified in the contest venue. Only the contestants, judges and the members of the contest committee shall be allowed inside. The student broadcasters shall be concealed from the judges all throughout their presentation.

2. The organizers/host region shall commission an independent sound system provider to ensure quality audio output. The technical operator shall only set the sound system before the simulation. A jack/auxiliary cord/adapter will be provided for the laptops and other sources of sound effects.

3. Except for the volume meter, contestants/technical director shall not be allowed to change, adjust and manipulate the main control board during their presentation.

4. Mobile phones and reference books shall not be allowed in the contest area.

5. In case of power failure, the affected team shall be allowed to perform again.

6. Loudspeakers may be set up outside the broadcast room.

7. The directors before the script writing will identify the order of presentation through drawing of lots.

8. Each team shall be given eight (8) minutes: two (2) minutes of which for preparation, five (5) minutes for the actual broadcast and one (1) minute for exit. Provided running time shall be applied.

9. The organizers shall provide a wall clock or a timer, which will serve as the official time that can be seen by the contestants and the judges. There will be an official time keeper.

10. A yellow flaglet shall be raised to signal the team that they have one (1) minute left for preparation. The green flaglet shall then be raised to signal the team to start. The yellow flaglet shall be raised again to warn the team that they only have one (1) minute remaining followed by the red flaglet to indicate that their time is up.

11. The team who complied with the 5-minute production shall be given perfect score (5 points). In case of overtime or undertime, the following scheme of deductions shall be followed: Undertime/Overtime

  • 1 second – 20 seconds – 1 point
  • 21 seconds – 40 seconds – 2 points
  • 41 seconds – 60 seconds – 3 points
  • 61 seconds and above – 4 points

12. The contestants shall leave the broadcast room right after their presentation.


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Download DepEd Memorandum No. 176, s. 2019

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