Press Release: WikiPilipinas Pilot Tests Online Writing at NSPC 2008

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WikiPilipinas.org, the Philippine online encyclopedia, in cooperation with the Department of Education, pilot tested an online writing contest at the 2008 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) in Koronadal, South Cotabato last Tuesday, February 19, 2008.

Through this pilot activity, WikiPilipinas advocates the inclusion of online writing among the contest categories of the NSPC so that student writers can discover the power of the Internet as an effective platform for writing. Learning how to write online content means that they can also exploit the opportunities in writing for new media.

The WikiPilipinas Online Writing Contest was held at the Computer Laboratory of the Notre Dame Siena School of Marbel. The first half of the session was devoted to an online writing seminar and hands-on, followed by the actual writing contest.

WikiPilipinas selected the best encyclopedic articles in English and Filipino based on substance, adherence to format and grammar. Topics with fact sheets aligned to this year's theme of the NSPC were picked by the contestants.

The best article in English Coco Technologies was written by Josielou-Rae Francesca Lucero, of Ateneo de Davao University. The entry on Bangus written by Maaroopha A. Abdulkalin of Parang National High School in Maguindanao was judged the best article in Filipino. Two runners up in both English and Filipino were also selected.

The judges were composed of WikiPilipinas' editor in chief Kristine Mandigma and managing editor Alfred Ursua who also facilitated the proceedings at the NSPC venue while other members of the editorial board Roberto T. Añonuevo, Frederick N. Castillo and Kristina Joy Panogot evaluated the entries online at WikiPilipinas' Quezon City office.

Concurrent to the special session for the online writing contest, WikiPilipinas also conducted an orientation for Internet research and online writing and editing for school paper advisers from various schools around the country.

Now on its 65th year, NSPC is the biggest and most prestigious competition for campus journalists and school paper advisers in the Philippines. It serves as a training ground for aspiring young writers from all parts of the country.

As a repository of popular knowledge, WikiPilipinas.org is primed as the biggest collaborative writing project in the country. It is a complementary website of Filipiniana.net, a digital library of primary sources. WikiPilipinas.org and Filipiniana.net are knowledge-sharing initiatives of Vibal Foundation. (By Kristina Joy Panogot)

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