By URIEL C. QUILINGUING
Contributing Editor .
MAYOR Oscar Moreno told campus journalists and their teachers-coaches on Wednesday that their tasks will not be a walk in the park.
“Being a journalist is not easy because one has to tell the truth, not fake news,” Moreno said in his message during the two-day Divisional Schools Press Conference opening program at the Xavier-Ateneo University grade school campus in Barangay Macasandig.
Moreno likened a journalist to a person who must be relentless even in the midst of a personal battle.
“At the end of the day, ang dili magpatarog sa problema mao ang molahutay,” the mayor said, adding that one must “never give up.”
He said “a journalist can only write properly when the stories come from the heart.”
“It’s the learning that counts, not winning,” said the city mayor, who is now serving the last of three three-year terms.
Earlier in the program, assistant schools division superintendent Alice Anghay, in her welcome remarks, said not all of the 3,113 participants—from both public and private elementary and secondary schools in the city–are expected to win.
Anghay advised the contestants in print, visual and and broadcast media to consider every letter of the word “FAIL” to mean “first attempt in learning.”
Those in print competed individually in writing news, sports, science, feature, column, editorial and copy editing and headline writing while those in visual media were in editorial cartooning and photojournalism, according to division journalism coordinator Sol Aceron.
Aceron said others were into group events: school publications, collaborative desktop publishing, online writing, radio broadcasting, and television news-casting.
The Cagayan de Oro schools division is the current Regional Schools Press Conference champion among 14 divisions, a title she lost after a three-year consecutive championship run from 2008 to 2010.
Campus journalism competitions, which the Department of Education conducts in the divisional, regional and national levels, are in pursuant to Republic Act No. 7079, known as the Campus Journalism Act of 1982.