National Schools Press Conference

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TheConference (NSPC) is the highest competition for journalism for both private schools and public elementary Republic Act 7079 also known as Campus Journalism Act of 1991.[1] The press conference includes both students from the elementary and secondary level and is usually held on the month of February. The event usually lasts for 4 to 7 days.

The journalism contest starts with the Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC), where the top three to seven in each category depending on the size of the certain region qualifies to the Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC), and from which the top three will be chosen to represent their respective regions in the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC).


In November 1931, the Public Secondary Schools Press Association (PSSPA) had its first convention in what was then Pasig, Rizal. The PSSPA was founded by a high school principal, Ricardo Castro, and had 17 original member schools. During this first convention, writing competitions for the different sections of a school paper were held. The tradition continued year after year, as the number of member-schools increased, with different parts of Luzon as venues. After World War II, the PSSPA was reorganized and 49 member-schools participated in the National Convention held in Manila,Philippines.

By 1955, the PSSPA Convention had become the National Secondary Schools Press Conference. On January 10 and 11 of that year, 70 member-schools attended the conference at Bacolod City. The individual competitions were open to all members, while the group competitions were held according to category. Group A for the group competitions was composed of those member-schools with populations of 1,500 and above, while Group B was composed of those member-schools with populations below 1,500. At that same conference, the National Secondary Schools Press Advisers Association was organized and it then passed a resolution calling for the authorization of staff members to handle school paper funds, subject to accounting. The resolution was subsequently approved by the Bureau of Public Schools.

Young campus journalists and advisers

In 1957, a third group classification was added. Group A members were schools with over 3,000 population; Group B members had populations ranging from 1,500 to below 3,000; while Group C members had below 1,500 population. During this year, the conference was held for a longer time, enabling the delegates to take part in longer educational tours of the host locality. A year later, the group classifications were again reorganized, placing schools with over 2,000 population in Group A, those with 1,000 to 2,000 population in Group B, and those with less than 1,000 in Group C. During this year, a Public School Circular was passed authorizing the solicitations of advertisements for school papers, under certain conditions.

In 1991, Republic Act No. 7079 was passed by Congress, aiming to promote campus journalism. The 50th National Secondary Schools Press Conference was held in early 1993 at Rizal High School in Pasig, the same locality that hosted the first PSSPA Convention. The next school year, 1993-1994, elementary schools were included in the convention, causing the word "secondary" to be dropped and the convention to be called the "National Schools Press Conference".

In December 1993, the National Schools Press Conference was to be held in Koronadal, South Cotabato for the first time. However, a week before the convention, when all preparations had been made and the host schools and municipalities were awaiting the arrival of the delegates, there was a bombing incident at Isulan, Sultan Kudarat. The Secretary of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports at that time, Armand Fabella, declared this sufficient grounds to move the convention to Baguio City, prompting a storm of protest from then South Cotabato Governor Hilario de Pedro III, who had been one of the sponsors of the Campus Journalism Act when he was Representative of the 2nd District of South Cotabato, and then Representative Daisy Avance-Fuentes. This controversy caused the Southern Mindanao delegation to boycott the Baguio conference. Shortly afterwards, Ricardo Gloria replaced Fabella as Education Secretary, and in December 1994 the 52nd National Schools Press Conference was held at Koronadal National Comprehensive High School. In its 65th year, the annual NSPC was held at Koronadal City in South Cotabato.


The NSPC has been held in different locations across the country. The NSPC is scheduled annually in the middle of the month of March. Recently under DepEd Order 26 s. 2010, it was moved to the second week of April synchronizing all the culminating activities in all competitions as "Festival of Talents". Following is a list of past venues of the NSPC:

Year Host Region Host City Date Theme 2018 Region VII Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental February 19-23, 2018 "Embracing ASEAN Integration: Campus Journalists' Role in Advancing Inclusive Education"
2017 Region IX Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur January 22-25, 2017 "Strengthening Freedom of Information through Campus Journalism"
2016 Region XII Koronadal City, South Cotabato[2][3] February 22–26, 2016 "The Role of the 21st Century Campus Journalists in Upholding Good Governance, Leadership and Transparency"[2][3]
2015 NCR Taguig City April 13–17, 2015 "Empowering Resilient Communities through Campus Journalism"
2014 Region III Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City, Zambales April 7–10, 2014 "Campus Journalism and Transformational Leadership"
2013 Region VIII Ormoc City, Leyte April 7–12, 2013 "Campus Journalists: Championing Ethics In Social Media"
2012 Region IV-B Puerto Princesa City, Palawan[4] April 9–13, 2012 "Promoting Digital Literacy Through Campus Journalism"
2011 Region XIII Butuan City, Agusan del Norte April 11–15, 2011 "Freedom of Expression: A Right and Responsibility"
2010 Region XI Tagum City, Davao del Norte February 22–26, 2010 "Campus Journalism as a Catalyst for Change: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2050"
2009 Region V Naga City, Camarines Sur February 14–21, 2009 "Climate Change: A Call for Responsible Campus Journalism"
2008 Region XII Koronadal City, South Cotabato[5] February 18–22, 2008 "Promoting Consumer's Rights Through Campus Journalism"
2007 CAR Baguio City, Benguet February 19–23, 2007 "Promoting A Culture of Peace Through Responsible Journalism"
2006 Region VI Kalibo, Aklan February 20–24, 2006 "Responsible and Quality Campus Journalism: Gearing Up to the Challenges of Schools First Initiative
2005 Region XIII Surigao City, Surigao del Norte February 21–25, 2005 "Redirection of Values for Nation Building Through Campus Journalism"
2004 Region IV Santa Cruz, Laguna February 24–27, 2004 "Responsible Campus Journalism for A Strong Republic"
2003 Region VII Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu February 24–27, 2003 "Expanding the Reach of Campus Journalism Through Information and Communication Technology"
2002 Region XII General Santos City February 4-7, 2002
2001 Region I Dagupan City, Pangasinan "Promoting Campus Journalism for National Solidarity and Respect for Cultural Diversity"
2000 Region VIII Tacloban City, Leyte February 7–11, 2000 "Challenges to the Press Freedom in the New Millennium"
1999 Region II Ilagan City, Isabela February 8–12, 1999
1998 Region X Tangub City, Misamis Occidental November 30 - December 4,1997 "Pole Vaulting for Literary-Journalistic Excellence"
1997 Region II Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
1996 Region VI Victorias, Negros Occidental [6] December 2-6, 1996 ""Campus Journalists: A Dynamic Force in Promoting the Year of the Heroes""
1995 Region III Malolos City, Bulacan
1994 Region XII Koronadal City, South Cotabato
1993 CAR Baguio City, Benguet
1993 NCR Pasig City
1992 Region V Naga City, Camarines Sur
1991 Region VIII Leyte

Training and development[edit]

Students who will compete in the National Schools Press Conference attend seminars before the actual competition. Preparation for the NSPC starts at the Division Level with the Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC). The editorial members of campus papers in a division compete in English or Filipino in different categories. The top ten or top five, depending on the region, who will win for each category in each language medium are then qualified for the Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC). The next two winners are considered alternate qualifiers. Next, the top three winners of the RSPC will advance into the National Level, again with the next top two as alternates.

Contest Category
English Filipino
Individual News Writing Pagsulat ng Balita
Editorial Cartooning Paglalarawang Tudling
Editorial Writing Pagsulat ng Pangulong Tudling
Feature Writing Pagsulat ng Lathalain
Sports Writing Pagsulat ng Balitang Pampalakasan
Copyreading and Headline Writing Pagwawasto ng Sipi at Pag-uulo ng Balita
Photojournalism Pagkuha ng Larawang Pampahayagan
Science and Technology Writing Pagsulat ng Balitang Agham at Teknolohiya
Group Radio Broadcasting & Script Writing Ulat Panradyo at Pagsulat ng Iskrip
Television Broadcasting & Script Writing Ulat Pantelebisyon at Pagsulat ng Iskrip
Collaborative Desktop Publishing Collaborative Desktop Publishing

On October 6, 1999, however, Education Secretary Andrew Gonzales issued DECS Memorandum No. 437, Series of 1999, which stated that a contestant could participate in only two events and in only one medium provided that the two events did not conflict with each other. This was amended in 2002 with the issuance of DepEd Memorandum No. 4, Series of 2002, on January 11, 2002, by Education Secretary Raul Roco. DM No. 4 provided that a pupil or student could participate in a maximum of four events but in only one medium, and that there should be seven winners for every category from every region.

The News Reporting and Desktop Publishing categories were first introduced in 2003, with a demonstration having been held at the previous year's NSPC. The DepEd memorandum for this same year states that a student may opt to participate in as many categories as he is able within the same medium provided there are no conflicts in the schedule.

The 2012 National Schools Press Conference had a focus on digital literacy and its use in campus journalism, with a collaborative publishing contest launched, involving teams of seven students making a four-page tabloid using Microsoft Publisher and Adobe InDesign.[7]

Starting on the 2016 National Schools Press Conference, a new group contest was added, the Television Broadcasting and Script Writing, wherein like its radio counterpart the participating students stimulated a live TV newscast from anchoring to production. It started as an exhibitional contest this year and will start as a formal group contest in 2017.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Republic Act No. 7079". LawPhil Project. 5 July 1991. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b "DM 149, s. 2015 - 2016 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) | Department of Education". Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  3. ^ a b "2016 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) - TeacherPH". TeacherPH. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  4. ^,%20s.%202012.pdf
  5. ^ NSPC 2008 @ Koronal,Victory at National Schools Press Conference, Star Life March 02, 2008 edition
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