SAN FERNANDO CITY, Nov. 7 (PIA) -- To encourage students to develop their skills in public communication and the use of new technology, a radio scriptwriting and broadcasting competition was held as part of the 2018 San Fernando City Schools Division Press Conference held on October 24, here.
Four teams composed of elementary students and 14 teams from the secondary levels from both public and private schools of this city joined the said competition held at the Division Training Center in Tanqui village.
It was learned that the match has the most number of participants from the scheduled contests during the press conference.
"We are very overwhelmed with the number of turn-out for this competition, from nine teams last year, we have 18 teams to compete for both Filipino and English categories," said education program supervisor Shiela Marie N. Bugayong of the Department of Education (DepEd) City Schools Division.
"This type of competition can develop the skills of these students not only in writing, in radio broadcasting but also in the technical aspects (editing) as they produce their entries and we see their potentials to be the future responsible public communicators in our society," Bugayong added.
The teams were given resource articles on current event topics such as Federalism, proliferation of fake news, teenage pregnancy, the Palarong Pambansa 2018, and a showbiz article pertaining to celebrities who will run for the 2019 mid-year elections.
These articles were used to complete their 5-minute radio and infomercial scripts and the final entries were presented to the judges in a concealed area equipped with sound system.
Secondary students from the La Union National High School (LUNHS) bagged the championship spot for the English category and Christ the King College (CKC) for the Filipino category.
For the elementary level, students from the Saint Louis College (SLC) bagged the first place in both English and Filipino categories followed by Brain and Heart of a Christian (BHC) Education Institution.
Judges based the winners on the anchors and news presenters' voice quality and recognition and enunciation of words, the content, creativity and impact of the infomercial, technical applications on the transitions, timing and audio quality and the content and complete elements of a script.
Other competitions held during the said press conference are news writing, editorial writing, online publishing, photojournalism and television broadcasting contests.
The winners during the division contests will move forward to the regional press conference to be held on November 2018.
It was also announced during the competition that the DedEd Regional Office 1 is the host for next year's National Press Conference scheduled on January 2019 in the province of Pangasinan. (JNPD/ AHFF/ PIA-1)