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Church groups praise program for student writers

New journalism course in Philippines to focus on 'conflict-sensitive' reporting

Church groups praise program for student writers

Student journalists discuss story proposals during a two-day workshop on "conflict sensitive" journalism in the province of Cebu from May 15-16. (Photo by Mark Saludes)

 

May 18, 2017

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Church groups have praised the launch of a journalism course for students in the Philippines that focus on "conflict-sensitive" reporting.

The course conducted by the Peace and Conflict Journalism Network (Pecojon) aims "to bring the discussions [of social justice issues] from the communities to the mainstream."

Ed Karlon Rama, Pecojon coordinator, encouraged students to produce stories that reflect the condition of the "marginalized sector" and "would call attention from all concerned."

The Philippine-Misereor Partnership Incorporated (PMPI), a faith-based organization supporting the program, said the initiative "endorses the formation of responsible future journalists."

Yolanda Esguerra, PMPI coordinator, said the program shows students "stories of people in the peripheries worthy of media coverage."

Father Edwin Gariguez, head of the social action secretariat of the bishops' conference, said the church supports initiatives the would "unveil the truth and free us from fake news."

"We can only promote [balance and fair reporting] if we will give storytellers the tools," said the priest.

A two-day workshop was held in the province of Cebu from May 15-16.


 

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