PIA-6 launches search for best devcom writers

THE annual incentive award for campus paper writers who excel in development communication has been launched.

This incentive scheme for school publication writers, dubbed the IWAG Award, is given by the Philippine Information Agency in Western Visayas to recognize their performance in applying development communication (devcom) in their articles.

“This is our way of giving emphasis on the role of student writers in making devcom a part of campus journalism,” said PIA OIC-Regional Director Jaime Cabag.

Qualified to join are graduating college or high school editors who have participated in any of the campus journalism trainings of the PIA.

The IWAG Project Brief says that a school publication is entitled to only one nominee who has passed the screening of the school.

The nominees are evaluated according to the quality and relevance of at least five articles submitted, related trainings/seminars/conferences attended including that of PIA; related communication activities and membership in organizations; awards received and academic performance for the last semester.

The IWAG Award is on top of all the awards and recognitions a school paper writer has received from PIA as participant to journalism trainings/conferences.

“For a student paper writer to be an IWAG award recipient, it is the peak of his or her achievements as a campus writer,” Cabag said.

“It is also a manifestation of the positive impact of PIA Campus Journalism seminars not only on the students but on the schools that value the role of the student publications in the lives of students,” Cabag added.

Deadline for the entries is February 12 to be submitted to PIA Provincial Information Centers. (PIA-Iloilo)

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