Campus journos win awards, advisers take leadership roles at nat’l confab

ZAMBOANGA, Zamboanga del Sur — As part of the school’s strategy to advance its program in campus journalism, the student journalists, together with their advisers, participated in the 14th National Campus Media Conference and 1st International Media Research Conference that started on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

The conference, hosted by the School Press Advisers’ Movement (SPAM) and Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU), drew over 500 participants from state colleges and universities nationwide. It delivered essential training to student journalists and advisers on fostering evidence-based reporting in today’s journalism landscape, marked by the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and social media.

During the aforementioned gathering, advisers Abduhman S. Buayan and Lord Vincent Van N. Mendoza were elected as the newest officers of School Paper Advisers Movement (SPAM). Buayan has assumed the role of Region XI convenor, while Mendoza has taken on the responsibilities of National Campaign and Communication Manager. Notably, JMCFI was warmly ushered as a member of the prestigious organization of school paper advisers, and the certificate of recognition was accepted by JMCFI OSAS Director, Ms. Myrna L. Ambrocio.

In the journalistic competitions, students from the Integrated Basic Education Department (IBEd) bagged awards in the news writing tilt. Angela Nicole Y. Masangkay placed fourth while Marianne Gabrielle A. Gallardo got the fifth place. Both Masangkay and Gallardo are Grade 10 students.

Simultaneously, Mendoza achieved third-place award in the copyreading competition within the English Advisers’ category.

The campus journalism team plans to prepare even more for the next confab that will be held in Pampanga next year.

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