DAVAO CITY, Philippines – In its aim to help enhance the skills among campus journalists in the region, Davao Today conducted a journalism workshop on Tuesday, February 27.
At least 25 students and moderators from different school publications, both college and high schools, participated in the one-day event at the Big House, Juna Subdivision, Matina in Davao City.
The whole-day activity was composed of discussions on the role of the media in nation building, digital journalism and workshops on photojournalism, news, feature and editorial writing given by veteran Davao journalists.
Lawyer Eduardo D. Estores, president of Davao Today, said the activity aims to equip the student journalists with basic journalism skills and to enable them to relate their experiences as campus press with the issues faced by the media on press freedom.
“It is important for student journalists to continue developing their skills in writing and use this to help in nation building,” Estores said.
Patrick James Sarasap, editor-in-chief of The Sparks, the student publication of Monkayo National High School, said “I learned a lot from the discussions especially on the role of student journalists in defending press freedom.”
Sarasap who joined the workshop on Editorial and Feature Writing said that “the speaker’s critiques on our write-ups during the workshop helped us to improve our writing styles.”
He also added that the activity helped them to prepare for the next students press conference.
Meanwhile, Maria Samantha Solarte feature editor of Layag, the student publication of the Assumption College of Davao said “ I find the input helpful as I’ve just started my writing career.”
“Truely, one day won’t be enough to cover all the essential information on journalism. However, the organizers managed to sent us home filled with useful learnings. It was indeed a worthwhile experience,” Solarte added.
Davao Today General Manager Lucelle Bonzo-Casilao said Davao Today will bring the same workshop down to the provinces to reach out to other student publications.
“We are overwhelmed with the response from student publications in distant municipalities, so instead of inviting them for workshops here, we will go to their towns and schools to provide an avenue for young journalists to develop their skills,” said Bonzo-Casilao. (davaotoday.com)