Campus writers told: No to fake news, seek the truth

DEPARTMENT of Education Secretary Leonor Briones challenged the campus journalists who participated in the recent National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) to always seek the truth.

In her message to the 5,000 students participating in the NSPC, she advised them to learn how to differentiate journalism and propaganda by always seeking the truth in their own stories, to differentiate truth and falsehood, to differentiate fake news and truth and think critically in social media or mainstream media.

Briones led other DepEd officials during the opening ceremony of the NSPC at the Narciso Ramos and Civic Center in Lingayen last January 28.

The conduct of NSPC is in observance of the Republic Act 7079 also known as Campus Journalist Act of 1991.

Briones said the objective of the law is to enable students to understand the importance of journalism through different approaches, to achieve social consciousness and environmental awareness, to motivating students to practice journalism as a career by providing the students the experience, to promote responsible journalism fair and ethical use of social media and improved journalistic competence through friendly and healthy competition.

Among the activities and contests conducted included writing for news, feature, editorial, sports, science and technology, headlines and copyreading, photojournalism, editorial cartooning, school paper contests in news, feature, editorial, science and technology, sports sections and layout and page design.

Contests were also held for radio script writing and broadcasting, collaborative desktop publishing, online publishing and TV script writing and broadcasting  (Nora Dominguez)

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