Phitsanulok, THAILAND – Aspiring campus journalists of Phitsanulok Pittayakom School – English Program underwent a two-day training and workshop on Campus Journalism with Filipino teachers over the weekend, June 10-11, 2017, held at the ASEAN Room of Naresuan Building.
A total of thirty three (33) students from Grade 9 to 12, most of whom had no background about campus journalism, participated in the workshop which was officially opened by Dr. Manop Ketmek, School Director of Phitsanulok Pittayakom School, in the morning of June 10.
“This is a rare opportunity for you to hone your writing skills,” the school director said. “May you take this chance to improve yourself for your future,” he added.
For two days, the EP students underwent intensive training with lectures on the following: Editorial Writing with Mr. Nicfranz De Los Reyes, Feature Writing with Mr. John Patrick Benliro, News Writing with Mr. Lorenzo M. Caballes, Jr. and Photojournalism with Mr. Reuben Esteban.
Mr. De Los Reyes, a Foreign Language Teacher in Phitsanulok Pittayakom School, has a strong background in campus journalism as he was an award winning school paper adviser in Saint Joseph School in IloIlo, Philippines before he decided to move to Thailand.
Mr. Benliro, a lecturer at Phibulsongkram Rajabahat University in Phitsanulok, is an active blogger at Khon Philippine and is one of the forerunners of The Pinoy Legacy, an online magazine that covers events of the Filipino community in Thailand and around the world.
Mr. Caballes works as the ASEAN Teacher-in-Charge and an EP teacher of Phitsanulok Pittayakom School. His experience as a school paper adviser for six years in the Philippines contributed to his enthusiasm to introduce journalism to Thai students. Before he moved to Thailand, he was awarded as an Outstanding School Paper Adviser of the Philippines in 2010.
Mr. Esteban, a lecturer at Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, Phitsanulok Campus, is a photography hobbyist. He graduated with a journalism degree in the Philippines and is maintaining a personal blog where he shares short stories and poetry.
Meanwhile, the participants were also engaged in competition for Editorial Writing, Feature Writing, News Writing and Photojournalism.
“There were quite a number of things we learned from this workshop, such as how to write a news article,” Intouch Wangtrakondee, a Grade 10 student, said. “We would like to thank our speakers for sharing their knowledge and for teaching us with patience,” he added.