Manila Times holds first Campus Journalism Congress

Credit to Author: THE MANILA TIMES| Date: Fri, 08 Nov 2019 13:10:26 +0000

The Manila Times conducted its first-ever Campus Journalism Congress in Pasay on Friday which aims to help students of journalism understand mainstream media.

About 160 students and teachers from different schools in Metro Manila and nearby provinces attended the program which focused on the theme “Presspectrum: Diverse Perspectives in the Pursuit of Journalism.”

Manila Times CEO Dante “Klink” Ang 2nd said that the paper always wanted to have this training workshop and spot writing competition for young journalists.

Ang also recalled that when he was a student he used to compete in campus journalism contests, which inspired him to host a similar event.

He said joining journalism contests helped him get a job.

The event’s keynote speakers were the second Filipino Pulitzer Prize Awardee Manny Mogato and Associated Press Chief Correspodent Jim Gomez.

Mogato advised aspiring journalists that it was important to acknowledge their mistakes.

“The journalists are prone to make mistakes, but what is important is if we make mistakes, we acknowledge, apologize and correct because that is the way we are trying to build credibility,” he said in his speech.

During the question and answer portion, Gomez was asked about the difference of reporting for the Associated Press, a wire agency, from a newspaper.

He said that while everyone has their own style of writing, media companies have their own every media company.

Highlights of the congress were talk delivered some of the alumni of The Manila Times College who have become successful journalists.

Business reporter Ben Arnold de Vera of the Philippine Daily Inquirer focused his discussion on business reporting.

ABS-CBN news reporter Raffy Santos shared his experiences on his struggles as he transitioned from print to broadcast.

The Manila Times reporter Catherine Valente tackled the challenges faced by journalists under the Duterte administration.

Eddie Alinea, sports columnist of The Manila Times; Steven Pabalinas, editorial cartoonist of The Manila Times and Albert Garcia, chief photographer of Manila Bulletin, shared their experiences and expertise.

An on-the-spot writing competition, which Ang presided over, ended the day-long event. LIEZELLE ROY, MARK CRUZET