It has been eight months since the last time I spoke to a group of students about journalism.
Last week (April 24), the PBA Press Corps, through our partnership with Meralco, jump started its very first Summer Journalism Workshop at the TSB’s (Tech Services Bldg.) seminar hall inside the Meralco compound in Ortigas.
The Summer Journalism Workshop gave me and my colleagues an avenue to impart what we’ve Iearned through the years to students, who dream of becoming a journalist someday.
Musong Castillo, the former PBA Press Corps president and sports writer from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, along with Manila Bulletin’s veteran lensman Tony Pionilla and yours truly had fun teaching and imparting to students on topics like Newswriting, Sportswriting, Feature Writing and Photo Journalism.
Fifty three students from campuses like Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Sta. Mesa, Universidad de Manila (formerly CCM or City College of Manila) as well as Earist (Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology) were part of the summer workshop.
We’re thankful because PBA chairman and current Meralco senior vice president for human relations Ramon Segismundo joined us at the start of the journalism workshop, encouraging the future journalists of the country to be F.I.T.
Mr. Segismundo defined F.I.T. as Fair play, Integrity and Truth, things that should be constant in our ever-changing world.
Below is Levi Mora, a journalism of PUP’s thoughts after attending the workshop/seminar.
“Read. Anything and everything. It is very important in building our own styles. It is also important for us to have a wide vocabulary, for a complete mastery of the language…Since the workshop, I’m more inspired to dedicate time and effort to this craft. :))) Thank you so much for the inspiration.”
Personally, I consider last week’s workshop as an opportunity to impart what we’ve learned through the years as well as inspire the students to dream big and be an instrument of (positive) change in our world.
P.S. Special thanks to our friends from M.A.C. – Claudette Alipio, Mon Magallanes, Anj Martinez and Theo Caneda and Betong Filomeno for helping the PBA Press Corps organize and document the event.