– By Dharshini Ganeson
HELP University’s Matriculation Centre recently held its 10th school magazine workshop, which saw more than 100 editorial board members from six Klang Valley schools participate in this hands on practical event.
Gurpayal Kaur Taggor, who is currently studying at SMK Bukit Sentosa, KL, 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.”
Dhanesh Balakrishnan, Dean, Faculty of University Foundation Studies, 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 participate in these workshops learn to produce a first class school magazine through effective news writing, editorial concept and planning, and photography skills,” Dhanesh said.
He also feels that the workshop provides an excellent platform for students to build up employability skills as they developed soft skills to provide solutions to problems and learned to work as an editorial team.
One of the teachers, Mr Subramaniam Palaniappan, from SMK Bukit Sentosa, Rawang, who also works as a student counsellor, said such initiatives were beneficial to secondary school students as they were exposed to best practices as many were involved in producing an annual school magazine.
Among the many topics students were exposed to during the workshop were sponsorship, editorial concepts, photography and newswriting. The workshop was conducted by senior lecturers from the HELP Matriculation Centre (HMC).
Ms Masliza Mohd Amin, a teacher and advisor on her school’s editorial board, who accompanied her students, said the workshop was beneficial as students not only picked up soft skills but also forged new friendships.
Norzaireen Shamsul Kamar, senior lecturer at HMC, who conducted the newswriting session, felt the workshop enhanced the skills of those who had not mastered the basics of newswriting. The importance of good grammar and writing styles were also emphasized.
The student participants enjoyed themselves at the school magazine workshop, which is held annually as part of HELP’s campaign to train high school students to acquire good communication and leadership skills that will help them in their future studies and career.