CNHS students bag 1st place in NSPC online publishing contest
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A team of seven students from the Catanduanes National High School were on their way to the exit during the 2017 National Schools Press Conference in Pagadian City last week when it was announced that they won first place in the English Online Publishing contest.

The victorious students, who missed out of the top 7 places in the Collaborative Publishing contest, erupted into raucous celebration after being named the winners of the contest, demonstrated in the national presscon for the first time.

Coached by Dave S. Tolentino, who had helped a CNHS team to a third-place finish in the Collaborative Publishing in the 2016 NSPC, this year’s winning group is composed of Erwin James Gianan, Christian Kenneth C. Tejada, Zaccharine A. Vargas, Nathaniel Hannycel A. Nuyda, Jona Mae F. Camacho, Daniella Ann G. Abundo, and Anjhelica P. Magbanua.

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

According to a story published in the online news website Rappler, high school students from all over the country got a taste of what it was like to be working in a social news network as they competed in the Online Publishing demonstration contest.

Each of the seven-member teams was asked to create an online news blog using X, Rappler's free self-publishing platform. Just like in any newsroom, each member had a different role to fulfill and a different story to file before the 7:00 pm deadline on Jan. 24, the website said.

Armed with four laptops and pocket wifis, the teams were given two hours for layouting and editing. With 18 regions represented and two language categories (English and Filipino), a total of 36 teams or 252 students got to experience first-hand how they could use online platforms like X to tell their stories to a wider audience, it added.

The campus journalists were asked to write about cyber bullying, the planned construction of an underwater theme park in Palawan, and telco provider Smart Communications’ School-in-a-Bag program. The journalists were also able to interview invited a panel of resource speakers that included Rappler head of research and content strategy Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza, MovePH executive director Rupert Ambil, and MovePH editor Voltaire Tupaz.

Most teams were able to create an online publication and publish their stories on Rappler X, with the CNHS team’s outstanding work published under their “The Voyager” page.

The Bicol region delegation’s only first-place winner beat Ilocos Sur’s Narvacan National Central HS, Angeles City’s Philippine Science HS Central Luzon Campus, Tagum City’s La Filipina National HS, Cebu City National Science HS, Tacloban City’s Leyte National HS, and Baguio City’s Philippine Science HS  CAR Campus.

The top 7 teams for the Filipino category are: Tacloban City - Dr Vicente Oresies Romualdez Educational Foundation, 1st; Cagayan de Oro City - Guss Regional Science HS, 2nd; Danao City - Ramon M. Durano Sr. Foundation - S&T Educ Center, 3rd; Iloilo - Oton National HS, 4th; Calapan City - Holy Infant Academy, 5th; Laoag City - Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trades, 6th; NCR - Don Bosco Institute - Makati, San Isidro NHS, Tibagan HS, San Antonio NHS, Colegio San Agustin, joint 7th.

The contest results, however, had no bearing on the overall team scores, the website clarified, as this was only a demonstration contest, sponsored by Rappler, its civic engagement arm MovePH, and the Department of Education. Organizers hope the lessons learned from this trial contest can be used to improve next year’s online publishing contest, when the points will actually count.

The CNHS team’s victory was the biggest for the Bicol delegation, which also produced several individual and group winners in both the elementary and secondary levels.

John Carlo Oclares of Tinago Elementary School, coached by Ricky Tid, placed second in Pagsulat ng Editoryal while Valerie Estrella of Virac Pilot Elementary School, coached by Thielen Go, salvaged 7th place in Pagsulat ng Balita. 

The other winners from Bicol region in the elementary level were in Science and Technology Writing - Renato Bolo III of Sorsogon City (2nd); Pagsulat sa Agham at Teknolohiya - Lance Clemente of Legazpi City (6th); Radio & Script Writing & Broadcasting (English) Best News Anchor - Jovie Martinez of Iriga City (6th); Best News Presenter - Princesa Montanez of Iriga City (7th); Best Infomercial - Iriga City (3rd); Best in Technical Application - Iriga City (5th); and, Radio & Script Writing & Broadcasting (Filipino) Best Infomercial - Legazpi City (5th).

In the secondary level, the winners from the Bicol region were: Feature Writing - Vitus Moron of Albay (3rd); Pagsulat ng Lathalain - Justine Tataro of Camarines Sur (6th); Sports Writing - Felimon Gozun Jr. of Iriga City (4th); Photojournalism - Jake dela Justa  of Camarines Sur (6th); Pagsulat ng Balitang Pampalakasan - Elize Bausa  of Sorsogon (6th); Pagsulat sa Agham at Teknolohiya - Theolornie Hila  of Sorsogon (5th); Radio and Script Writing and Broadcasting (English) Best News Presenter - Kathleen Enesio  of Sorsogon (3rd); Best Infomercial - Region V (2nd); Best in Technical Application - Region V (3rd);

Radio and Script Writing & Broadcasting (Filipino) Best Script - Region V (5th); TV Scriptwriting and Broadcasting (English) Best Script - Camarines Sur (4th); Best in Development Communication - Camarines Sur (1st); TV Scriptwriting and Broadcasting (Filipino) Best News Anchor - Mutya Gulapa of Naga City (5th); Best News Reporter - Shakyra Cledera  of Naga City (2nd) and Frances Savilla (Naga City (7th); and, Best in Development Communication - Naga City (5th).

More than 5,000 elementary and high school students participated in this year's NSPC won by CALABARZON on overall points, the biggest campus journalism contest in the Philippines organized annually by the DepEd, with NSPC 2018 to be hosted by Iloilo City. (with reports from Rappler.com)

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