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By Alah Soledad Sungduan

Stand Up for Life

Thursday, January 9, 2014

AN ACADEMIC educational training and the Department of Education’s program in journalism program is seen to develop more responsible journalists in the country.

In the University of Baguio Laboratory Elementary School (UBLES) as early as eight years old a student is given the training in print and broadcasting through their Omalahokan Club where students are also given opportunity to compete in the different fields of journalism using the English and Filipino version.

It is amazing that young as they are you can see great talents and potential among the students who already knows how to do newscasting, news writing, and informercials among others. The program is in line with Dep-Ed’s Campus Journalism program which is in compliance with the Campus Journalism Act of 1991 or Republic Act No. 7079.


This Saturday students from both public and private schools are set to compete in the radio broadcasting in the citywide competition to be presented by Dep-Ed CAR. Winners will compete in the region-wide and will have the chance to level up in the national competition.

With this activity there’s no doubt that we will have the next Anderson Cooper, a famous American journalist in the making. This activity will also teach students to uphold and protect the press freedom and understand the ethical values needed in the said profession.

Future journalists will also learn more if they are not just confined in a four walled room but are able to use theories learned in practical application through different experiential learning. That is the reason why some instructors encourage their students to start experiencing the works of a real journalist by encouraging them to submit an article in different publications and to contribute stories in different networks realizing the importance as well of citizen journalism.

Community papers giving opportunity for students to have their articles published in the paper is one way of encouraging future journalists to appreciate more about the world of journalism. Making them feel the feeling of having their article published in a newspaper where many people can read is really something. This will inspire them more.

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Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 10, 2014.


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