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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The Pampanga Press Club (PPC) on Friday, May 10, has concluded its Basic Journalism Training 2024, completing a series of five workshops that mentored more than 250 young campus writers and school paper advisers in the province.

Held to celebrate the 75th founding anniversary of the PPC, the training program provided lectures and workshops on newswriting, photography, copyreading and headline writing, feature writing, editorial and column writing.


The instructors included Tonette Orejas (Philippine Daily Inquirer), Peter Alagos (Gulf Times), Jojo Due (The Voice Weekly), Lamberto Basa (former PDI correspondent), Chris Navarro, Ian Ocampo Flora, Minerva Zamora (SunStar Pampanga), Ria de Fiesta and Noel Tulabut (Pampanga News Now). In mostly
face-to-face classes, they shared best practices in their respective line of expertise.

Copyreading and headline writing

The PPC successfully implemented the training program through the help of the Department of Education’s Schools Division Office of Pampanga and the Royce Hotel & Casino in Clark Freeport.

Feature writing

“We are hoping that Pampanga will reap long-term benefits from this training program because mentoring young journalists will enhance truth-telling and information-sharing in the communities,” said Tulabut, currently PPC president.

Editorial and Column Writing

At 75 years old, the PPC remains relevant in the development of Pampanga, he added.

The PPC is the second oldest press club in the country after the Negros Press Club which was founded in Bacolod City 88 years ago.