“No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press... (Sec. 4, 1987 Philippine Constitution)”
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines/08 October 2012—The Ateneo De Zamboanga University High School Department recently hosted the Ateneo Campus Journalism Camp (Centennial), bringing together some 200 high school campus journalists and school paper advisers from both public and private schools in Western Mindanao.
Barbara Esperanza-Barrios, head of the Tripod Support Integrated Management Services that is the host school’s ma jor partner, said that the event leans on the theme, “Affecting Excellence, Spirituality and Citizenship through Campus Journalism.”
“We are not just looking at the participants’ skills development here,” said Francis Rodolfo Marcial Jr., Camp Director. “We are also looking at the students’ social awareness on issues so that their writings may be better improved.”
Plenary speakers included Ms. Maria Frencie Carreon, editor-in-chief of The PhilSouth Angle and concurrent chair of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Zamboanga City Chapter, who discussed Journalism as a Social Responsibility; Julie Alipala, correspondent of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, who talked about News Reporting and Engaged Citizenship; Darwin Wally Wee, correspondent of Business World, who spoke on Feature Writing and Spirituality, and Ledrolen Manriquez, international chief of operations of the Peace and Conflict Journalism Network, who talked on Excellent Journalism Equals Responsible Journalism. Other speakers included Dexter dela Peña, on Film Documentary, Joel Sanson of RMN Zamboanga on Broadcasting, among others.
Keynote speakers were Alistaire Christian Chan, a filmmaker, for the opening ceremony, and Mary Rose Jean Andrada, chair of the mass communications department and concurrent public communications officer of the host university, for the closing ceremony.
Kim Faye Quimson, editor-in-chief of La Liga Atenista and Kurt Jesher Recinto, editor-in-chief of The Blue Eagle, led the students in the campus journalists’ oath.
The camp opened with a welcome from the Ateneo high school principal, Conrado Balatbat. (TPSA)
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