CEBU CITY (Oct. 27, 2016)The Bosconian Odyssey has begun to cruise towards a new yet more challenging destiny.

This after its editors have laid out plans for the first revival issue that they aim to release before the students of Don Bosco Technical College (DBTC) Cebu head for the Christmas vacation in mid-December.

They presented the initial topics for news and features during the briefing for members of the Student Press Corps (SPC) at the school library at 1PM today after they took their last exam in the 2nd Periodical Tests.

DBTC principal Fr. Jerome Mario “Jim-Jim” C. Dublois, SDB, graced the briefing that also served as the 1st SPC Assembly, a practice the budding journalists will do when planning for the next issue.

It was the first time that the writers gathered again since attending a series of seminars the Parents-Teachers Community Association (PTCA) organized for them last Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 with veteran journalists and award-winning bloggers.

It also came a week after the PTCA student development committee (SDC) disclosed the line-up of Bosconian Odyssey editors following a rigid screening process it took with the school principal and the faculty coordinators.

During the assembly, some writers volunteered to tackle certain topics in the line-up, while others suggested topics they wanted to pursue and develop.

PTCA vice president Cerwin T. Eviota, who helped facilitate the gathering with faculty adviser Estrellita “Star” Abian, encouraged the writers to submit by Nov. 10, a Thursday, for the editors to have ample time to review their works.

The editors had agreed to meet regularly every Thursday by 4PM at the Odyssey office shared with the PTCA and Don Bosco Cebu Alumni, Inc.

In fact, after the assembly, they proceeded for their first weekly meeting to prioritize and finalize the line-up of the first issue. They also agreed to cover tomorrow’s Rosary Rally on video.

This developed as Eviota, who will now serve as their coach in his capacity as SDC chair, told the editors the PTCA will now move with preparing for them the publication’s website and social media portals, as a Facebook page and accounts in Twitter and Instagram.

Printers. Odyssey editors meet with printers' representatives.
Printers. Odyssey editors meet with printers’ representatives.

Further after the meeting, the top three editors stayed and joined their coach and PTCA secretary Meg Pepito in meeting representatives from two printing press companies that have offered to print the first and succeeding issues.

With the insights they got during the meeting, editor-in-chief Jay Arche “AJ” P. Olor, associate editor Christian Robic “Hermie” M. Hermosa and managing editor Fritz John “Gab” S. Gabriente opted for competitive bidding.

The PTCA advisers agreed.

Once the final format is ready for the first issue by Nov. 24, they will present the layout and concept to the printers — initially Clavano Printers and DMC Busa Printers — for them to present their quotes and commitment to deliver on time.

Other printers may also bid to print the Bosconian Odyssey.

The PTCA moved to breathe life back to the student publication after its board of trustees approved the Integrated Media and Communications (IMaC) program that its SDC had crafted to further expand it online.

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More photos of the 1st SPC Assembly here.