the Weekly Sillimanian, the official student publication of Silliman University (SU), was awarded the title “Best Semi-Broadsheet” during the 11th Organization of Student Services, Educators, Inc. (OSSEI) Seminar and Workshop on Campus Journalism last Sept. 18-20 in Baguio City.
Entries were categorized according to their type of publication. tWS, categorized as semi-broadsheet based on its size, did not only stand out among its competitors in the same category, but among all entries for being the only weekly publication.
“Sillimanians tend to take for granted not just tWS, but also other blessings the university has. When other participants knew that tWS circulates on a weekly basis, they were impressed,” Andrea Lim, associate editor of tWS, said.
One lecturer during the workshop shared that last year’s winner was a weekly publication, but they had to close after a short period of time because of funding problems.
“Silliman is really blessed that tWS has been circulating for 111 years now. We hope to continue its tradition of upholding excellent journalism,” Stephanie Ria Colinco, editor-in-chief of tWS, said.
Colinco added that despite being awarded for their performance, the staff still has more improvement to make.
Lecturers of the workshop came from distinguished centers of journalism like the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and Philippine Daily Inquirer and universities such as Far Eastern University and Ateneo de Manila University.
“The workshop has been really helpful; every section of a school paper was discussed. Everything we’ve learned from the workshop shall be applied,” Lim said.
According to Colinco, they have yet to conduct a strategic planning with their adviser, Prof. Warlito Caturay Jr., in their plan to revive the literary folio of tWS, the Dark Blue Southern Seas.
“We saw that other schools had literary folios along with their magazines and newspapers. It has been years since the last publication of our literary folio. We also want to showcase the talents of Sillimanians not only in journalism, but also in creative writing,” Colinco said.
OSSEI is a private organization whose conferences straddle contest, training, and issue orientation.
By Nova Veraley V. Grafe