Attached is a copy of Enclosure No. 3 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.
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR THE SELECTION OF WINNERS IN THE DIFFERENT INDIVIDUAL WRITING CONTESTS
The competition in the Individual Writing Contest is designed to showcase the competencies of campus journalists, demonstrate their holistic journalistic skills and proficiency through media exposure, immersion and press conferences, and promote free and responsible journalism.
Only learners from school with school paper (not necessarily following the specifications for school paper contest), either in English or Filipino for the school year and who won the top three spots in each category are allowed to compete in the various individual contests of the NSPC.
The following will be strictly implemented and complied with:
1. To facilitate proper identification, the participants are required to wear their school uniform with their valid school ID/NSPC IDs especially during the contest proper, except TV and Radio Script Writing and Broadcasting contestants.
2. Should there be questions and assistance needed, the participants can only raise their concerns to the assigned proctor and/or examiner. The proctor shall refer them to the National TWG for appropriate response.
3. Contestants should not put any identifying mark on the contest entry or answer sheet.
4. School paper advisers, teachers, principals, parents or guardians who will be found in and around the contest venue will be grounds for disqualification of their contestants.
5. The top seven winners per medium shall be recognized and their points will be included in the computation of the overall scores (combined scores of Individual and Group Contests).
6. Any violation of the stipulated guidelines will be grounds for disqualification of the participant.
7. The decision of the Board of Judges in all aspects of the contest shall be deemed final and irrevocable.
1. News, Feature, Column and Editorial Writing:
Fact sheets or other sources of information shall be given to the contestants as bases in writing the article.
2. Sports Writing:
a. The NTWG shall orient and provide final instructions to the contestants before the contest proper.
b. A pre-game conference shall be conducted for the introduction of the players, coaches, and tournament officials.
c. Contestants shall watch an actual game where they can gather adequate data.
d. A post-game conference shall be held to further interview officials and athletes after the game.
3. Copyreading & Headline Writing:
a. NTWG shall provide all the contestants with pencil no. 2 for the contest.
b. The contestants shall use the 2018 Associated Press (AP) editing marks and follow directions given in the contest piece.
c. The contestants shall provide the best two headlines for the article.
4. Editorial Cartooning:
a. NTWG shall provide all the contestants with the oslo papers and pencil no. 2 for the contest.
b. The cartoon must reflect the elements of editorial cartooning.
c. The cartoon should be, at all times, compliant with the professional and ethical standards of media.
5. Science and Technology Writing:
Fact sheets or other sources of information shall be given to the contestants as bases in writing a feature article.
1) Contestants should be at the contest venue thirty (30) minutes before the orientation on the guidelines and rubrics.
2) The contestants are allowed to use any Digital Camera (point and shoot only) with a maximum of 20.1 megapixels with fixed lenses only. Contestants who will use any DSLR and other high-end cameras will not be permitted to join the contest.
3) The contestants shall format their own memory card and camera to be checked by the examiner/s.
4) The contestant should bring his/her own camera cable for saving of pictures.
5) Cellular phones, extra digital cameras, extra storage card or any additional materials/equipment are not allowed in the contest area.
6) Contestants shall bring their own black ink ballpen while the NTWG will provide scratch papers where contestants can write down notes during the shooting.
7) Contestants shall set the date and time of their own camera.
b. Photo Shoot, Uploading and Captioning
1) Control shot shall be the first shot.
2) Contestants are given one (1) hour to take pictures, which does not include the loading and unloading of the storage card in front of the examiner on a theme to be provided during the orientation.
3) Contestants are allowed to take unlimited shots but will submit five (5) possible photos with caption for the given theme and the control shot.
4) Contestants shall retain in the memory card photos to be submitted only.
5) Contestants will be given 30 minutes to write captions for each of the five photos.
6) Caption sheets (with lines and margins) will be provided by the NTWG.
7) All entries with caption sheets shall be submitted to the examiner after the allotted time.
8) Memory cards per region will be returned to the participants through their Education Program Supervisor in charge of Campus Journalism after the closing program.
9) During the duration of the competition, the advisers, trainers, and parents are NOT allowed in the venue.