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Why campus journalists cried at Benguet DSPC
BOBBY MC GEE LEE, La Trinidad, Benguet

I was one of the trainers of campus journalists at a private school in La Trinidad, Benguet and I want to air some concerns and my disappointment regarding the recently concluded Benguet Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC), particularly in the radio broadcasting event. It is the first time for the said school to participate in the DSPC.

I have trained the school’s radio broadcasting teams in English and Filipino. After the students’ registration for the DSPC, we have been told by one of our students who went to talk with her former schoolmates from another school that there was already a district-wide eliminations done prior to the DSPC. We were dismayed to have this confirmed from the teachers whose teams participated in the eliminations.

What’s more, only those campus paper advisers who know each other participated, since the information dissemination was done through text messages. The school’s campus paper adviser is new to the field; hence, she was not able to receive any message. We were told it was the first time this year for the DSPC to have such district selection.

During the advisers’ meeting on the registration day, the students’ adviser raised the concern. She was told that it would be a waste of time if the students would not compete when their non-refundable registration fees were already paid. As such, they would be allowed to participate but would not be rated. The one who answered the query even added that the campus journalists would just treat the event as a learning experience and that they would learn from the performances of other schools who have been competing since then. Moreover, we could not just pull the students out from the contest, as they have been looking forward to their participation since the day we started training them. Even the school’s principal called the one in-charge of the DSPC and appealed for the students’ participation, but was turned down.

During the awarding, the school’s Filipino radio broadcasting team was hailed champion for having the best script, best technical application, best anchor, and best news presenter, and second in best infomercial. Meanwhile, the English broadcasting team was the champion in best script, best technical application, and best infomercial, second in best anchor, and third in best news presenter. The results were broader than daylight the winner in the category was obvious. However, the school’s teams were not included in the top five.

We could not do anything when a lot of our students cried over the results, adding to the painful idea that they were  “saling pusa” when they were told they were not even supposed to be there competing before their contest proper. Advisers from other schools told us that they were not also aware of such district selection before the DSPC. It was just that the school was affected because it was the only one that  sent teams for the said event.

What does this say then about schools that want to debut in the DSPC in the coming years? This experience was just disappointing, and obviously, it will affect the school’s and other schools’ participation in the DSPC.

I have been participating and competing in press conferences for the past years and this is my first time to go through this experience, which was  a result of miscommunication, or maybe because those who are in-charge were simply not doing their jobs properly at the expense of the students. Because if they were, then this would not have happened. To allow the students to suffer because of an irresponsible adult’s fault, especially that of those in the education sector, is purely unprofessional.

However, I am hoping for the time that such a massive and reckless glitch will not happen again, because nobody deserves to be treated the way our students were treated during the event. Nobody deserves to feel they our students felt all throughout the event, and even after it. The school paper adviser based all of her decisions on the memorandum sent by the division for the conduct of the event, where a district selection was not written.

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