Everyone’s Campus Paper
The man with the dream, according to United Print Media Group President and Adboard Chair Ricky Alegre.
United Print Media Group President and Adboard Chairman Ricky Alegre is keynote speaker during the launch of Campus Paper.
The Philippines’ first free news magazine by students for students
They may be undervalued and unappreciated but students can be a powerful force in helping our nation to move forward.
That is the main premise behind Campus Paper, the country’s first free national student paper. The pioneering publication was launched on August 14 at the iAcademy, PhilFirst Bldg. in Makati City.
Conceptualized by author and internationally-renowned motivational speaker Lloyd Luna, Campus Paper aims to empower students by providing them with a common platform, where they can showcase their journalistic skills as well as share their thoughts on current issues that affect them.
Campus Paper is the “first” news magazine, where writers, models, stylists, make-up artists and layout artists are all students. Distributed for FREE semimonthly (twice a month) to select high schools, colleges and universities in Metro Manila, it is—so far—the only media organization, where students from different universities can come together under a common student paper.
It was borne from the idea of giving students from different schools a common platform, where they can share their thoughts, tell their stories, and express themselves responsibly. “I believe it’s about time that we pay attention to what students can contribute to the society,” says Luna, who is also Campus Paper’s Publisher and Executive Editor. “Giving them access—through Campus Paper—to the happenings in other schools would give them a broader appreciation of student life,” he adds.
Luna, who has already published six motivational books, believes that while the student sector is “undervalued and often underappreciated, it can be a powerful force in helping our nation to move forward.”
“Given enough inspiration, stories, and information through Campus Paper, I feel we can start something remarkable,” Luna says. “Perhaps this is what students have been waiting for, a platform where they can make a difference. Perhaps then, people would look at students differently and start putting value on them,” he adds.
The news magazine features student editorial, campus and student sports events, as well as trends on fashion, food, gadgets, literature, and entertainment, all written and contributed by students and members of the academe.
During the launch, Advertising Board of the Philippines (AdBoard) Chairman and United Print Media Group President Ricky Alegre, who served as the keynote speaker lauds the Campus Paper saying that its launch and the presence of people—student contributors and advertisers—is a testament that “print is not dead.”
While acknowledging that the print industry is “at the crossroads because digital is taking over the landscape” he reminds that “digital still gets comes from print produced by the editors, reporters and correspondents.”
Alegre also congratulates Campus Paper for becoming UPMG’s 301st member. For the paper to stay viable, he reminds not to sacrifice content and to be consistent, relevant, and exciting. “Lastly, you should have a mission and that should be to cater to young students,” he ends.
Ana Sol Reyes, Education Specialist II at the Department of Education (DepEd) on behalf of Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro, also graces the event and lauds Campus Paper “for taking campus journalism to a higher level by providing students from different schools a platform to collaborate.”
“Furthermore, we commend you for helping DepEd fulfill its mandate to uphold and protect the freedom of the press even at the campus level and to promote the development and growth of campus journalism as a means of strengthening ethical values, encouraging critical and creative thinking, and developing moral character and personal discipline of the Filipino youth,” she says.
With the advent of K to 12, Reyes says that DepEd is continuously aligning the program standards to meet the demands of the 21st Century specifically on the aspect of media literacy. “We acknowledge the importance of social media as a powerful tool in disseminating information but would like to transcend it as a vehicle in raising national and global consciousness and more so in mobilizing public support,” she adds.
Reyes also hopes for a stronger partnership between DepEd and Campus Paper “to further promote a more relevant, meaningful, democratic yet responsible campus journalism.”
National Youth Commission (NYC) Commissioner Georg Nava also congratulates the Campus Paper. “Yes, it is indeed time for a comprehensive, uniting, and unifying paper that is open for all schools,” she says.
For student-contributor Elaine Joyce Catindig, a free student paper for all means free information. “I feel privileged to be part of this because this kind of newspaper gives students a “sense of connection” to other schools. It’s like the Internet, it makes the world a smaller place,” says the News Editor of The New Builder, the official student publication of Mapúa Institute of Technology.
Monique Anne Tiongco adds that having a free student paper—aside from the one being published in one’s school—is really new. “This will update students from other universities about events outside,” explains that current Managing Editor of The Dawn, the official student publication of the University of the East.
Other student-contributors come from University of the Philippines-Diliman, University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle University, and Adamson University.
Through Campus Paper, Luna hopes that the youth will be more empowered so they can do what’s expected of them. “We’d like our paper to be there, should students need us,” he ends.