By Jan Michael Saniel
The Accounts is in the middle of the green fields.
In the pursuit of promoting value-laden press freedom, The Accounts held a workshop on campus journalism attended by the pupil writers of Pal-agon Amparo Elementary School, District of Pavia.
The workshop held last August 10, 2008 included a road show on editorial writing taught by Jan Michael Saniel (BSA V), copyreading and headline writing by Reishajan Caralde (BSA IV), feature writing by Donna Laguardia and Mia Lane Catalan (BSBA Marketing IV), editorial cartooning by Eloisa Fe Lusotan (BSA II), news writing by Marra Francillan Cordero (BSA II), sports writing by Dianne Capio (BSA V), Photojournalism by Jathniel Ellison Ong (BSA V), and Poetry by JunnieVee Hongco (BSBA Marketing IV).
The workshop was provided for in the expectation of honing promising writers first in their elementary years. It started with simultaneous lectures and activities in different categories of campus journalism. The pupils were critiqued after they were asked for their respective outputs namely write-ups, photo shoots and caricatures.
PAES is planning to start a school paper, entitled “The Greenfields,” depicting the fact that Barangays Amparo and Pal-agon are the only ones in the whole municipality not hosting any commercial establishment knowing that Pavia is the agro-industrial capital of Iloilo Province.
“It is my dream to start a school paper,” says Margarita Gopeteo, PAES Principal. “The Division office will only release the budget for publication if we really have one”, she justified.
The workshop was also held to prepare the pupil writers in their upcoming Schools Press Conference in the second congressional district of Iloilo to be held at New Lucena, Iloilo set by mid-August.
Neoly Barrido, the teacher-in-charge for school paper planning, said “We are happy to have your legacy in our school after you graduate.”
The Accounts has promised for a follow-up training on PAES writers until the school is ready to publish their own school paper.