Summer Institute tackles reportage on Corruption, Peace, Disasters

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 May) –  How can journalists improve the coverage of disasters, corruption and the peace process?

These topics will be the focus of the 4th Mindanao Summer Institute of Journalism this weekend.

Reporting Corruption will be handled by Rowena Paraan of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and the Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project on Friday, May 27 starting at 9 a.m. at T302, Thibault Hall, Ateneo de Davao University.

Reporting Disasters will be discussed on Saturday, May 28, by former Presidential Adviser for Mindanao Jesus Dureza; Office of Civil Defense chief Liza Mazo; Retired Col. Verner Monsanto, chief of the Central 911 Emergency Response Unit of the city, Major Jake Obligado, chief of the Civil Military Operations Battalion, and Mindanao Times editor in chief Amalia Bandiola who will handle “Communicating Risks.”

Venue for the sessions, which will start at 9 a.m. will be at T301 also in Thibault Hall.

Reporting on the Government-National Democratic Front Peace Process will be tackled by Atty. Carlos Isagani Zarate of the Union of Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao. Zarate is a former reporter who writes a column for the Philippine Daily Inqurier. The session is scheduled at 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at T302, Thibault Hall.

The sessions on the Government-Bangsamoro Peace Processes by Carolyn O. Arguillas of MindaNews, Video Documentary by Ed Lingao of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and Narrative Reporting by Mozart Pastrano, have been moved to June, the dates to be announced shortly.

The 4th Mindanao Summer Institute of Journalism, which started on May 9 is an initiative of the Mindanao News and Information Cooperative Center  in partnership with the Ateneo de Davao University, to help journalists improve their reportage on Mindanao issues. This year, it is being held in cooperation with the The Asia Foundation, Titus Brandsma Media Center, AusAId, Canadian Embassy, with the support of the Center for Community Journalism and Development (CCJD), Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) Mindanao Media Forum, Mindanao Times, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, Philippine Information Agency, University of Mindanao, UMBN and VERA Files.

Early this week, the topics were Mining 101, Reporting Governance, and Ethics. (MindaNews)