Speaking before the online journalism participants in the sit-in conference of the National Training of Trainers on Campus Journalism, at Crown Regency Hotel, Davao City on January 13, 2015, Director Armand Patrick R. Salamat, Head of Central office Communications Unit, explained that online journalism will be part of the 21st century skills that the K to 12 graduate should develop.
The Director also stressed out that the shift to online journalism will solve the conflicting issues on the “No collection policy” and the provisions in RA 7079. “Mas mahahasa ang mga bata”, he also said explaining that through online journalism, students can be able to practice writing and publish write ups throughout the year rather than just twice a year as practiced in printed school publication.
The on going 2015 Journalism National Training of Trainers (NTOT) is said to shift the Traditional way of publishing news to online Journalism
“Every K to 12 graduate is expected to be equipped with information, media and technology skills and Online Journalism serves as an important tool to develop these skills.”
This was clearly emphasized by Department of Education (DepEd) Communications Unit Director Armand Patrick R. Salamat during the sit-in session with the Online Journalism participants during the conduct of the National Training of Trainers for Campus Journalism for Visayas and Mindanao Cluster, on January 12-15, 2015 at Crown Regency Hotel, Davao City.
Dir. Salamat said that DepEd considers Online Journalism to be part in the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) as it is seen this would somehow solve the conflicting issue between RA No. 7079 and the “No Collection Policy” of the department especially that schools are faced with limited budget for their printed publication, thus shifting to electronic paper.
With the shift from traditional journalism to paperless journalism, Director Salamat assured the public that DepEd will continually provide more training relevant to Online Journalism.