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High school campus pub writers, advisers join PIA journ webinar series

ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- Over 70 campus publications with close to 800 high school campus journalists and advisers all over Western Visayas participated in the annual Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Campus Journalism webinar series, Nov. 14-16, via Zoom platform.

Now in its 47th year, the webinar series dubbed “PIA Journ Talk Series” (PJTS) continues to revolutionize our campus journ training and set new competencies among the youth in this age of misinformation, disinformation, and artificial intelligence.

“We, in the PIA 6, believe that the campus papers assume a vital role not only for the academic institutions but the community as well, the writers and advisers should be given direction and orientation on their/your role in nation-building, through the application of development communication principles,” PIA 6 regional head EnP Cheryl B. Amor noted in her opening message.

This year, the journ training introduces the basic principles of journalism and development communication while integrating media and information literacy

competencies that would enable campus journalists to keep up with the time and the demands of the new media, digital technologies, new applications, and maximize its benefits at the same time minimize dependence and harmful impacts of this new landscape.

Through the theme “AI x Journalism x DevCom,” PIA 6 hopes to enable campus journalists to strike the balance between maximizing benefits while maintaining the integrity and ethical standards.

The three-day webinar commenced with the principles of development communication with RH Amor as the resource speaker, followed by the comparative discussion on News Writing and Feature Writing with West Visayas State University (WVSU) International and Local Linkages Office director Edel Carmela Subong-Csoka, Science Writing with WVSU College of Communication Science Communication instructor Joesyl Marie Aranas, and Sports Writing with Iloilo Metropolitan Times Sports Editor and No Boundaries Advertising and Events Operations Manager Elyrose Naorbe.

The second day of the training highlighted the discussion of Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary for ICT Industry Development lawyer Jocelle Batapa-Sigue on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Journalism, stressing the ethical use of such innovation, “ensuring that progress does not come at the cost of moral compromise” especially among campus journalists.

To further deepen the journalistic approach in the use of these technologies among young people, Daily Guardian Senior Reporter and Philippine Daily Inquirer Correspondent Joseph Bernard Marzan engaged the participants on the principles of Editorial and Column Writing, Editorial Cartooning, and Copyreading.

Being some of the most significant parts of a publication, Marzan stressed that every student writer must uphold with integrity and honesty the voice of their respective paper anchored on the truth and the general welfare of their community.

Meanwhile, the last set of learning sessions for high school competed with the topics of Broadcasting, Photojournalism, and Page Design and Publication.

STI West Negros University External Relations Director and Bachelor of Arts in Communications Program Head Yasmin Pascual-Dormido, No Boundaries Advertising Events photojournalist and videographer Ian Paul Cordero and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region VI Senior Economic Development Specialist Engr. Ray Adrian Macalalag, respectively, shared their insights and experiences on the said topics.

The participants expressed excitement and gratitude for the learning sessions, citing that the topics deepen their understanding and will further guide them in their campus journalism journey.

“I always believe that we never stop learning. And just because you’re good at something or capable of something doesn’t mean you couldn’t be better. So I expect this is going to be a fun experience and to open a new portal full of new knowledge and techniques and to the deeper depths of journalism,” shared Keziah Suficiencia of The Horizon of Iloilo Doctor’s College.

On the other hand, PIA 6 deputy regional head and Regional Training in-Charge Easter Anne Doza lauded the participating campus publications that formed part of the 47th wave of PIA babies, joining the roster of learners who have undergone the PIA campus journ trainings.

To note, the participation of the school publications in this year’s PIA Journ Talk Series 2023 is a prerequisite for the College Press Conference and Awards 2023 slated this December 21, 2023, and the IWAG Awards 2024.

The PIA 6 will also slate the journ training for college campus journos and advisers from Nov. 21 to 23. (AAL/FRG/PIA6)

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