Title: Rules and Regulations for the Implementation of Republic Act No. 7079 (Campus Journalism Act of 1991) Descriptors: School newspapers; Campus journalism. Full text: Introduction Pursuant to Section 9 of Republic Act No. 7079, otherwise known as the "Campus Journalism Act of 1991," the following rules and regulations for the effective implementation of the said Act are hereby promulgated: Rule I Title Section 1. Title. - This body of rules shall be known as the Rules and Regulations for the Implementation of the Campus Journalism Act of 1991 or "RULES," for short. Rule II State Policy Section 1. - Declaration of Policy. - It has been declared a State policy to uphold and protect the freedom of the press even at the campus level and to promote the development of values, encouraging critical and creative thinking, and developing moral character and personal discipline of the Filipino youth. In furtherance of this policy, the State shall undertake various programs and projects aimed at improving the journalistic skills of students concerned and promoting responsible and free journalism. It is, therefore, the duty of all officials of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS), school/college/university heads, campus paper teacher-advisers, and personnel involved in the campus journalism program in the elementary, secondary and tertiary levels of education to support and promote the campus journalism program, policies and objectives as under Republic Act No. 7079 and existing laws embodied as principles in the Constitution. Rule III Definition of Terms Section 1. Definition of Terms. - For a better understanding of this Act, terms which are used therein are hereby defined or explained. a. School - An institution for learning in the elementary, secondary or tertiary level composed of the studentry, administration, faculty and non-faculty personnel; b. Student publication - The issue of any printed material that is independently published by, and which meets the needs and interests of the studentry; c. Student journalist - Any bonafide student enrolled for the current semester or term, who has passed or met the qualification and standards of the editorial board. He must likewise maintain a satisfactory academic standing; d. Editorial board - In the tertiary level, the editorial board shall be composed of student journalists who have qualified in placement examinations. In the case of elementary and high school levels, the editorial board shall be composed of a duly appointed faculty adviser, the editor who qualified and a representative of the Parent-Teacher Association, who will determine the editorial policies to be implemented by the editor and staff members of the student publication concerned. At the tertiary level, the editorial board may include a publication adviser at the option of its members. e. Editorial policies - A set of guidelines by which a student publication is operated and managed, taking into account pertinent laws as well as the school administration's policies. Said guidelines shall determine the frequency of publication, the manner of selecting articles and features and other similar matters. Rule IV Student Publication Section 1. - All educational institutions on the elementary, secondary and tertiary levels, public or private, shall be encouraged to establish a student publication. Section 2. - Student Publication. - There shall be three categories of student publications, namely: a) elementary level student publication; b) secondary level student publication; and c) tertiary level student publication. Once the publication is established, its editorial board shall freely determine its editorial policies and manage the publication's funds. Section 3. - The members of the editorial board of the tertiary student publication shall be responsible to the school/college/university and to third parties for its decisions, actions, policies and legal consequences arising from such. Section 4. - Aims and Purposes of Student Publications. - Student publications shall be utilized to train interested students in a) the application of the communication arts in journalism; b) the basic mechanism and technical skills in journalism; c) the responsibilities and privileges in journalism in relation with the contents of articles to be published; d) the use of the student publication in support of the educational development of the learner/student, the school, the community and the country; e) train interested students in the application of the art and science of journalism for technological advancement; f) develop intelligent and responsible student leadership and good citizenship in a free and democratic society; g) serve as a channel for unifying all members of the school and the community towards desirable educational and cultural development objectives; h) serve as a pool of all learning experiences of student journalists; i) advocate social consciousness and uphold the interests of the Filipino people; and j) advance students' rights and responsibilities as well as promote their general welfare. Rule V Financing Student Publication Section 1. - Funding of Student Publication. - For public elementary and secondary schools, publication fees, subsidy sourced from savings realized from the school's appropriations, revenues realized from donations and grants, and advertisements shall be the sources of funding for the student publication. For private schools, publication fees, revenues realized from donations and grants, and advertisements shall be the sources of funding for students publications. Publication fees from the students shall be collected during enrolment period. In both public and private schools, all student publication funds shall be automatically released to the student publication staff one month after the last day of enrolment. Section 2. - Preparation of Student Publication Budget. - The editorial board, with the assistance of the student publication staff, shall prepare the students publication budget for each semester/year. The budget shall be posted on the school bulletin board and published in the student publication. The budget shall include expenses for the printing costs of the student publication, transportation and needs of the staff and the teacher-adviser during their work at the printing press, office and photo supplies, attendance of the student publication representatives at the annual divisional, regional, and national press conferences/workshops, honoraria/allowances for staffers and teacher-adviser, and other incidental expenses. Disbursements of student publication funds shall be made according to accounting and auditing regulations.