Journalism crash course trains 500 student-writers

Story and Photos by: Elyrose S. Naorbe

THE Rotaract Club of Metro Iloilo (RCMI) mounted “Tinta kag Tinaga: A Crash Course in Journalism for New Writers Year 5” which trained more than 500 student-writers from Iloilo and Guimaras.

The project is the club’s way of welcoming the Rotary Year 2018-19, which is themed “Be the Inspiration.”

The event happened on July 1, 2018 at Kirayan National High School (NHS) wherein more or less 250 students from five schools in Miagao – Kirayan Elementary School, Guibongan-Igtuba Elementary School, Pungtod-Caitib Elementary School, Valencia Elementary School, and host Kirayan NHS – joined in the whole-day activity.

After the training, the group launched the “Kwentong RotaKids, Inspiring Children to be Lifelong Learners,” a children’s party for the participants.

RAC Metro Iloilo Inspiring President Rose Yanna Mallo said the club is committed to serve and advocate education/literacy, promote Freedom of Information Act of 2010 and adhere to Campus Journalism Act of 1991.

“Our club, which has been operating for five years now since its activation last June 2014, has initiated various development projects and outreach programs in the different parts of Panay and Guimaras. We want to introduce different forms of journalistic writings to these students for them to become effective communicators,” Mallo added.

Meanwhile, around 220 students in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras also joined the training on July 8, 2018.

The inclement weather did not hamper the club from crossing to Guimaras Island early in the morning. The wet and cold condition dissipated as participants from 15 schools welcomed the Rotaractors.

Organized through the support of Christine Mae Castillo, president of Guimaras School Paper Advisers Association, the event discovered budding writers.

“We’re very thankful for the presence of RAC Metro Iloilo. We’ve been hoping for this kind of project here in Nueva Valencia and they fulfilled it. Despite the bad weather, they still managed to visit us and impart their skills to our students. I hope more schools will be trained by this club as they really inspired us to do more and work hard,” shared Castillo.

The participating schools are Nueva Valencia Central School, Igang ES, Calaya ES, Paaralan ng Buhay ng Taras, Paaralan ng Buhay ng Don Domingo, Pandaraonan ES, Magamay ES, San Antonio ES, Concordia ES, Oracon ES, Dolores ES, Simeon J. Jabasa NHS, Nueva Valencia NHS, and Calaya NHS.

The project is RAC Metro Iloilo’s flagship program under the Professional Development Service, which aims to introduce basic journalism and school publication to primary and secondary schools, to hone the writing skills of both amateur and experienced writers, and to instill the role of journalism towards community development. It also assists schools especially in far-flung areas in activating Campus Journalism and establishing their own school publications.

“Tinta kag Tinaga” are Hiligaynon terms which mean ink (tinta) and words (tinaga).

The morning session included the opening program, a two-hour lecture and one-hour workshop on the following categories: Editorial Writing, Feature Writing, Copy Reading and Headline Writing Photojournalism, Cartooning, Sports Writing, Lay-outing, and News Writing, and Science and Technology Writing.

Lecturers are members and officers themselves who were exposed to training and seminars, awardees in the different field of Journalism, and are passionate practitioners both in print and online.

Outputs were submitted after the workshop and were screened by the lecturers using the official criteria and guidelines set by the club

The afternoon session featured the Feedbacking/Critiquing and Awarding and Closing Ceremonies. Lecturers summarized the important points in their respective categories, share personal experiences and learning, and give feedback on the pupils’/students’ performance/output.

RAC Metro Iloilo is a community-based organization that aims to alleviate lives of other people through a series of community outreach programs and development projects.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Metro Iloilo (District 3850) under Rotary Club International, the club was founded on June 21, 2014, and was chartered February 23, 2015.

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