ILOILO CITY (July 9) -- The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Western Visayas will hold a series of journalism training from July to September with the theme “Convergence Journalism.”
Designed for campus paper writers and advisers, the training will tackle emerging journalism forms such as print, broadcast, photography and internet or social media.
PIA-6 Director Atty. Janet Mesa said these forms are more appealing to readers, besides the fact that young people, including student writers, have become attuned to the use of these media in communicating.
“This is high time also that we attune our trainings to convergence journalism to help train student writers to be more competent and effective,” Mesa said.
For the fourth time, PIA-6 has partnered with Smart Communications to provide campus writers access to online journalism.
Smart has provided school publications in Western Visayas access to accounts that allow them to have their publications published online and read by several audiences all over.
“Smart gives out incentives to best writers, which has inspired the latter to be active in online journalism,” Mesa said.
Mesa also said PIA has been consistent with the mandate provided by Republic Act 7079 or the Journalism Act of 1991 that those who manage school papers should undergo appropriate trainings on skills, journalistic competence and paper management.
The series of trainings for 2012 are scheduled as follows: July 25-27 (College level for Iloilo, Antique and Guimaras); August 6-8 (College level for Capiz, Aklan, Negros Occidental); August 13-15 (High School, Iloilo and Antique); August 20-22 (High School, Capiz, Aklan and Guimaras); and September 4-6 (High School, Bacolod City and Negros Occidental).
The modules, handled by lecturers from the academe and by media professionals in the region, include principles of development communication, reform agenda of the Aquino administration, emerging journalism forms, the multilingual campus paper, news and features, Op-Ed, sports writing, photojournalism, copy editing and headlining, page design, social media: ethics and responsibility, and online journalism/smart journ.ph platform.
The workshop is open to all student writers, editors and advisers of different mainstream and departmental publications of colleges, universities, state colleges/universities, vocational schools/community colleges and high schools in the region.
The annual trainings have catered to an average of 900 students, majority from private higher institutions and state colleges and private high schools in the region that engage in writing competitions and publications contests during the yearly College Press Conference and Awards.