Improve reportage by learning Mindanao history, language, governance, peace processes, etc..

Some courses are offered free of charge, others require minimal fees. All sessions will be held at the  ADDU’s F511 although another room will be assigned on days where there are simultaneous sessions.                                                                             

The 2nd MSIJ is timely as the theme for World Press Freedom Day on May 3 this year is  “Media, Dialogue and Mutual Understanding.”

The subjects have been designed to ensure journalists out of base or out of beat, will still be able to send stories to his/her news outlet even while attending the Summer Institute.

Teachers of journalism and journalism students are also encouraged to attend the sessions.
The Summer Institute has been made possible with the assistance of SMART Communications, Inc., the Canadian Embassy and San Miguel Brewery, Inc. The following institutions also helped: INCITEGov/MSI, Ehem! Jesuit Anti-Corruption Program, Philippine Human Rights Reporting Project, Center for Community Journalism and Development, Institute of Bangsamoro Studies, VERA Files and AKP Images.

Dr. Alano Kadil, a professor of Islamic Studies and Sociology at the Notre Dame University in Cotbato City who holds an MA in Islamic Studies from UP Diliman and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Xavier University is teaching “Functional Maguindanaon language” mornings from May 5 to 8.

Historian and retired Mindanao State University professor Rudy Rodil,  a member of the government peace panel in the negotiations with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and later the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF),  and who is now completing his doctorate in Philippine Studies, is teaching Mindanao history from afternoon of May 15 to May 16.

On May 18 in the morning, former Budget Secretary Emilia Boncodin of  MSI (Management Systems International) and INCITE Gov (International Center for Innovation, Transformation,  and Excellence in Governance) will show reporters how to understand the national budget and what to look out for in reporting the budget.
Multi-awarded journalists Yvonne Chua and Luz  Rimban of VERA Files will tackle Reporting Governance (Beyond City Hall or Provincial Capitol reportage) on May 11 and 12.

Keith Bacongco and Froilan Gallardo, graduates of a Diploma in Photojournalism from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University, will teach photography.
Bacongco, co-founder of AKP Images, will teach basic photojournalism on May 5 and 6 while MindaNews’ Gallardo will teach Photo Stories on May 7 and 8.

On May 9, Penelope Sanz, a co-founder of MindaNews who is completing her doctorate in Anthropology, will guide reporters on what to look out for in covering mining in Mindanao. Sanz led a research team on mining, commissioned by the three Ateneos in Mindanao.
MindaNews columnist Gail Ilagan, who  teaches Social Justice, Family Sociology, Theories of Socialization and Psychology at the Ateneo de Davao University and is completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology will guide reporters on Interviewing Children, morning of  May 13.
In the afternoon, MindaNews reporter Walter Balane, editor in chief of Central Mindanao Newswatch in Malaybalay City, will handle Journalism for non-Journalists. Balane will begin his MA Journalism as a Fellow at the Asian Center for Journalism in June. NGO workers are urged to join this session.

“Reporting Corruption” on May 14 will be handled by Fr. Albert E. Alejo, SJ., a social anthropologist and team leader of Project Ehem!, an anti-corruption project of the Society of Jesus.

MindaNews editor H. Marcos C. Mordeno will guide reporters on Reporting Human Rights and Internal Armed Conflict. He will also discuss “Obligations of belligerents toward the civilian population” while creative writer Charina Sanz will tackle Feature Writing on May 16.

A Forum intended for  mass communications students, teachers and newly-hired journalists is scheduled on May 18. “Journalism isn’t about glamour; it’s about public service” will feature, among others, Mindanao Times editor in chief Amalia Bandiola-Cabusao, Sun.Star Davao editor in chief Stella Estremera and MindaNews’ Carolyn O. Arguillas.

“Reporting Mindanao” will be done in two parts, the first on May15-16 (Understanding History; Reporting the Lumad and Reporting the Moro) and the second part on May 21 (Reporting the Peace Processes).

Prof. Rodil  will guide reporters on understanding Mindanao history on May 15 and 16. Reporting the Moro and Reporting the Lumad will be tackled separately on the 16th.

The second part of “Reporting Mindanao” will be on May 21 and will focus on “Reporting the Peace Processes” between government and revolutionary groups operating in Mindanao and how these are affecting Mindanao. Bayan Muna’s Joel Virador will discuss the GRP-NDF (Government of the Republic of the Philippine-National Democratic Front) peace process. Eileen Iponan of Balay Mindanaw will discuss the GRP-RPMM (Rebolusyonaryong Proletaryat Manggagawa ng Mindanao) while MindaNews editor Carolyn O. Arguillas, will handle the Bangsamoro peace processes – government with the MNLF and MILF.

Next summer’s “Reporting Mindanao” will include a trip around key areas in Mindanao.

On May 23 and 24, Dave Llorito, who worked as researcher of the Alternate Forum in Mindanao (Afrim) in the 1980s, moved to Manila where he became reporter and later research head of Manila Times and Business Mirror, and is now Communications Officer of the World Bank office in Manila, will lead reporters to unexplored areas of business coverage in “Reporting Business in the Mindanao context.”

BusinessWorld’s Mindanao Bureau Chief Hernani de Leon and Business Mirror’s Mindanao reporter, Manuel Cayon will also share their experiences in covering business in Mindanao.

Red Batario, CCJD executive director,  will handle Public Journalism at a date to be announced.

Batario, also SouthEast Asia coordinator of the International Safety Institute (INSI) will also handle Basic Safety Training with INSI-certified trainer Froilan Gallardo of MindaNews.

Other topics that will be tackled are Reporting Elections, Reporting Kidnappings, Reporting Agrarian Reform and Reporting Food Security. Dates for these sessions will be announced later.  

NGO workers are also urged to enroll in the Summer Institute.  They can enroll in the Photography sessions on May 5 to 8;  Functional Maguindanaon also on May 5 to 8; the “Journalism for non-Journalists” session on May 13; Feature Writing on May 16; the “Strategic Online Communication” which will be taught by Vik Sapar on May 21 to 23, and the Basic Safety Training, the date and venue of which will be announced later. These courses require minimal fees. “Functional Maguindanaon language,” however, is
free for journalists but like other sessions, slots are limited, for better handling.

The Photography classes also require journalists to pay. But the Summer Institute will offer at least two scholarships to applicants from People’s Organizations and journalism/mass communications students. Just e-mail why you want to avail of the scholarship. 

Editors and news managers sending reporters to the Summer Institute as well as reporters interested in attending any of the sessions should fill the forms distributed; or sign up by sending an e-mail to; or text 09285517750.

NGO workers interested in the courses open for NGOs  or are interested in attending sessions for journalists may email the same address.

For other queries, please e-mail or visit and click on the 2nd Mindanao Summer Institute of Journalism icon for the schedules. (MindaNews)