Media education; reporting SALNs, PWDs, Peace and Environment among topics in 5th Mindanao Summer Institute of Journalism

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 April) – Want to learn basics of media education and deconstruction of media images, find out what to look for in the public officials’ Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Woth (SALN),  and improve reportage, among others, on PWDs (persons with disabilities) peace and environment, and elections 2013?

Attend the 5th Mindanao Summer Institute of Journalism, initiated by the Mindanao News and Information Service Cooperative Center (MNICC) in partnership with the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU)  Titus Brandsma Media Center (TBMC), University of Mindanao (UM),  Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), VERA Files, Canadian Embassy, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) and Voice of Mindanao.

This year’s summer offerings, from a minimum of half-day to a maximum of three-day sessions will be held from May 2 to 19, and will feature multi-awarded journalists as lecturers, as well as experts in their respective fields.

Journalists, journalism students and campus writers in high school and college are urged to attend the Summer Institute, for free. But slots are limited so those who are interested should immediately e-mail or call (082) 2974360 for reservation and registration.

Journalism and communications teachers, information officers of non-governmental organizations and government institutions and anyone interested in media may also attend but some courses may require a reasonable registration fee. E-mail for reservation and registration.

This summer’s topics:

May 2 to 4: Media Education series

Only those who finish the three-day course will be given completion certificates and can qualify as a Titus Brandsma Media Educator, Fr. Christian “Toots” Buenafe, O.Carm, TBMC Executive Director, said. Buenafe will handle Introduction to Media Studies. He will discuss Basics of Media Education and Deconstruction of Media Images morning of May 2 and Spirituality and Social Communication in the afternoon.

Angela Blardony Ureta, aO.Carm, a freelance producer/writer/ media consultant/media educator of the TBMC will discuss Media in Nation-Building and Media and Evangelization on May 3.

Multi-awarded journalist Howie Severino, editor in chief of GMA News Online, will handle Media Advocacy in Multimedia and Meida Advocacy in the pursuit of Truth and Empowerment on May 4. Severino was the 2009 Titus Brandsma Awardee for Leadership in Journalism.

May 8-9: Reporting on PWDs

VERA Files founders Yvonne Chua and Luz Rimban, who also teach journalism at the University of the Philippines Mass Communications in Diliman and the Ateneo de Manila University, respectively, will give an Overview of PWDs (Persons with disabilities) in the Philippines, including a discussion on rights of PWDs, and Communicating with PWDs in the morning of May 8.  Participants will do fieldwork in the afternoon.

The fieldwork output will be discussed morning of May 9. This will be followed by a session by another VERA Files founder and presently its chair, Ellen Tordesillas,  on the portrayal of PWDs.

The PWD training will end noon of May 9.

May 10-11: Reporting Peace and Environment

Frencie Carreon of  Zamboanga City, a candidate for PhD in Peace Journalism at The University of Sydney, will discuss the basics of  reporting Peace and Environment. When she completes her dissertation, Carreon will be the first Mindanawon and Filipino journalist to receive a PhD in Peace Journalism.

The course aims to strengthen the capacity of Mindanao journalists working for print, online, and broadcast (Radio-TV) media using Peace Journalism (PJ) as an approach in reporting the environment and natural resources and the human and natural consequences of environmental disasters.


The target audience includes practicing journalists at the preliminary stage of the media profession to those at mid-career level who may or may not have covered environment issues and conflicts in Mindanao; and academicians who are handling journalism courses in the bachelor’s degree level.


Key concepts on peace journalism, conflict resolution, conflict-sensitive journalism, cultural considerations and linguistic hospitality are explored, journalists’ role in conflict situations are self-assessed, while past experiences are reviewed. Participants will be given practical exercises in writing, in delivery, and in photojournalism, and will be allowed to assess the options they shall have chosen in the end

May 15: PracTech vs Hi-Tech

Another multi-awarded journalist, Ed Lingao, PCIJ’s Multimedia Director, will handle PracTech (Practical Technology) vs High Technology. Lingao said not everybody can afford IPads or IPods and other expensive gadgets but there are available inexpensive gadgets that can be used in making good multimedia productions.

Other courses

PCIJ’s Executive Director Malou Mangahas will discuss “Do the SALN salsa” at a date to be announced later. Also to be announced are the dates for the sessions on Preparing for Elections 2013 by NUJP Secretary-General Weng Paraan,  Reporting the Bangsamoro Peace Process by MindaNews’ Carolyn O. Arguillas and Psychological Dimensions of Community Trauma: Implications for Journalists by Dr. Gail Ilagan of Ateneo de Davao and MindaNews.

The venue for the sessions mentioned above will be the Ateneo de Davao University.

Courses that will be offered at the University of Mindanao are basic newswriting, basic photography, online publishing, narrative journalism, film appreciation and radio production.

The schedule for these courses and the names of lecturers will be announced later.  (MindaNews)