How to cover a disaster without adding to the disaster or ending up a disaster?

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/06 May) – How will I cover a disaster without adding to the disaster or ending up a disaster myself?

Attend the 5th Mindanao Summer Institute of Journalism (MSIJ) session on Psychological Dimensions of Community Trauma: Implications for Journalists on Monday, May 7, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Dr. Gail Ilagan, PhD in Clinical Psychology, a professor at the Ateneo de Davao University and columnist of MindaNews will guide us in understanding trauma and trauma reactions, getting the story from individuals in distress, caring for the journalists’ mental health.

Venue is F305, Finster Hall, Ateneo de Davao University

Other sessions this week are Reporting PWDs (Persons with Disabilities) on May 8 and 9 with lecturers Yvonne Chua, Luz Rimban and Ellen Tordesillas of Vera Files and Reporting Peace nad Environment (May 10 and 11) with lecturer Frencie Carreon.

The 5th MSIJ, which offers a series of lectures from May 2 to 19, is initiated by the Mindanao News and Information Center Service Cooperative (MNICC), in cooperation with the Ateneo de Davao University and the Titus Brandsma Media Center (TBMC), the  Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), VERA Files, Canadian Embassy, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), University of Mindanao (UM) and Voice of Mindanao.

The summer institute is intended, among others, to help improve the journalists’ reportage of various issues affecting Mindanao; to supplement courses offered by mass communications departments; to provide journalism students and new practitioners not only with new knowledge and skills but also help steer them towards responsible journalism; and to provide insights and new learnings that teachers, NGO and government workers can share with their students and fellow workers.

The schedule:


7 May
1-5 p.m.
Psychological Dimensions of Community Trauma: Implications for Journalists
Understanding trauma and trauma reactions, getting the story from individuals in distress, caring for the journalist’s mental health
Lecturer: Gail Ilagan, PhD in Clinical Psychology; Professor, ADDU; Columnist, MindaNews

REPORTING PWDs (Persons  With Disabilities)
8-9 May 2012
May 8
9 a.m. to 10:15 am
Overview of PWDs in the Philippines (including rights, etc.)
Lecturer: Yvonne Chua, VERA Files
10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Communicating with PWDs (including interviewing)
Lecturer: Luz Rimban, VERA Files
May 9
9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Output presentation and feedback
Yvonne Chua and Luz Rimban, VERA Files
10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Portraying PWDs (including language and images)
Lecturer: Ellen Tordesillas, VERA Files

10-11 May 2012
Using Peace Journalism as an approach in reporting the environment and natural resources and the human and natural consequences of environmental disasters
For 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
Frencie Carreon, editor, PhilSouth Angle, Zamboanga City; candidate for PhD in Peace Journalism at the University of Sydney. When she completes her dissertation, Carreon will be the first Mindanawon and Filipino journalist to receive a PhD in Peace Journalism.

May 17
8:30 a.m. to 12 noon; 1 to 3 pm
Lecturer: Weng Paraan/National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

May 18
 Why all the fuss about SALNs? Because in the ‘Pinas, it’s more fun for Pinoys to know, as a matter of right, the true state of wealth, or the poverty or affluence, of our public officials.

To most everyone in government — justices and judges, members of Congress, Cabinet members, star-rank officers of the uniformed services, officials of the constitutional commissions, governors and mayors, etcetera — submitting SALNs is a duty under the Constitution and anti-graft laws. Compliance means they take three steps. One, file SALNs every year within the April 30 deadline. Two, file honest and complete details. And three, disclose promptly all their assets, liabilities, net worth, business interests, financial connections, and relatives in government — in their SALNs. In short, release their SALNs!
• What data should SALNs offer?
• How could we make sense of such data?
• How should public officials file, file honestly, and disclose SALNs?
• And why ever should we care about SALNs?
Lecturer: Malou Mangahas/ Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
Time to be announced

MAY 19

This session will provide  editorial, technical, and practical tips for field reporters and cameramen on what works and what does not.
Tips will include conceptualizing and executing multimedia and print stories; safety, security; and  practical technology vs hi-tech.
8:30 a.m.
Lecturer: Ed Lingao/Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

Date to be finalized:
Reporting the Bangsamoro Peace Process
Carolyn O. Arguillas/MindaNews

Schedule of  sessions to be announced this week
Basic Newswriting. Carolyn O. Arguillas/MindaNews
Basic Photography. Keith Bacongco/MindaNews
Online Publishing. Keith Bacongco/MindaNews
Film Appreciation
Radio Production

Journalists, journalism students and campus writers in high school and college are urged to attend the Summer Institute. No registration fee but slots are limited so those who are interested should immediately e-mail [email protected], call Ellen at (082) 2974360 or text 09285517750 for  reservation and registration details.

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. (MindaNews)