New skills via school magazine workshop

  • Education
  • Sunday, 10 Mar 2019

HELP senior lecturer Murali Rajaratenam (standing in the background) teaching a session on photography skills to the students.

MORE than 100 editorial board members from six Klang Valley schools took part in the 10th school magazine workshop.

Organised by HELP University’s Matriculation Centre recently, the students were exposed to many topics during the workshop including sponsorship, editorial concepts, photography and news writing.

The workshop was conducted by senior lecturers from the HELP Matriculation Centre.

Gurpayal Kaur Taggor, who is currently studying at SMK Bukit Sentosa, Kuala Lumpur, said: “I love photography and it is my hobby and passion, so I contribute photographs to my school magazine.”

“I felt that this school magazine workshop, especially the photography session, was particularly useful as I have learned many new and different ideas.

“I also enjoy the teamwork with other members of my school editorial team.

“Each year we have to produce the annual school magazine as part of our school project,” said Gurpayal.

Faculty of University Foundation Studies dean Dhanesh Balakrishnan said that one of the key components of HELP’s foundation programmes, is to develop leadership skills and confidence in students, as well as to acquire soft skills, such as good communication and teamwork.

“These school magazine workshops are designed along the same lines, so that the school students who take part in these workshops learn to produce a first class school magazine through effective news writing, editorial concept and planning, and photography skills,” he said.

Dhanesh feels that the workshop provides an excellent platform for students to build employability skills as they develop soft skills to provide solutions to problems and learn to work as an editorial team.

SMK Bukit Sentosa, Rawang teacher Subramaniam Palaniappan who is also a student counsellor, said such initiatives were beneficial to secondary school students as they are exposed to best practices as many are involved in producing an annual school magazine.

Teacher and adviser on SMK Bukit Sentosa, Rawang’s  editorial board, Masliza Mohd Amin, who accompanied her students, said the workshop is beneficial as they picked up soft skills and also made new friends.

HELP Matriculation Centre senior lecturer Norzaireen Shamsul Kamar, conducted the news writing session.

She said the workshop enhanced the skills of those who had not mastered the basics of news writing.

“The importance of good grammar and writing styles were also emphasised,” she added.

The school magazine workshop, is held annually as part of HELP’s campaign to train secondary school students to acquire good communication and leadership skills that will help them in their future studies and careers.

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