The Metrobank Foundation, Inc., (MBFI) in partnership with Probe Media Foundation, Inc. (PMFI), will hold a back-to-back lecture and media training under its Journalists of the Year Fellowship in Journalism program on July 8 and 9, 2016 in Cebu City.
7th Metrobank Foundation Lecture Series in Journalism – Cebu
The lecture entitled 7th Metrobank Foundation Lecture Series in Journalism will be held at the Center for Performing Arts of the University of San Jose-Recoletos on July 8.The main speakers of the lecture are the 2015 Metrobank Foundation Journalists of the Year (JOY) awardees Marites D. Vitug, Editor-at-Large of Rappler; Howie G. Severino, Vice President and Anchor of GMA Network; and Nancy C. Carvajal, former senior reporter, Philippine Daily Inquirer. All three (3) awardees were conferred the title of Metrobank Foundation Fellows in Journalism.
Vitug, Severino, and Carvajal will share their knowledge and experiences with journalism and mass communication students from various academic institutions in Cebu City and surrounding areas. Their lectures will focus on how their works have contributed to positive social change, and on how they practiced their respective careers in influencing and developing the public towards constructive growth.
Metrobank Foundation Media Training Series – Cebu
On the other hand, the JOY awardees will also reach out to their fellow journalists and media practitioners in the 5th Metrobank Foundation Media Training Series entitled “Digital Journalism: Does Journalism Still Matter in the Digital Age?” which will be held at the Crown Regency.
Howie Severino will conduct the session, “Changing Media Landscape: Mainstream vs. Online/Digital Media, Is it One or the Other, or Both?” where he will discuss the transition from traditional to online journalism, the roles of the journalist, challenges and benefits an the skills needed to make the shift.
Meanwhile, the second session is entitled “Embracing the New Media Environment: Planning Stories and Staying Relevant,” will be conducted by Marites D. Vitug. She will provide insights into the interests of the online audience: how solid stories, good sources and balanced reportage are still key and that fact checking analysis, research and context will set the journalist apart.
The final session entitled, “Making Stories that Matter and Safety in Reportage” will be facilitated by Nancy C. Carvajal who will share how powerful stories can contribute to positive change, but also on how to stay alive to tell the story another day.
“We are pleased that, in addition to the generous grant and recognition to the Journalists of the Year awardees, one unique component is the lecture series, which provides us an insight into their work as practicing journalists,” said broadcast journalist and PMFI president Cheche L. Lazaro. “One thing that the public does not see beyond the glamour and fame of journalists is the hard work that actually goes into crafting a story. Story-telling is at the core of our profession and today, we take pride in presenting the stories, challenges and lessons learned that Howie, Marites, and Nancy have to share with us,”
Both the lecture series and media training are free of charge to attendees. The events, which are part of a series that will be brought to various areas in the Philippines, aim to advance the knowledge of practicing and aspiring journalists and uplift the journalism profession.
“We are determined and committed in raising the bar of excellence in the practice of journalism in the country. Journalists are beacons of hope. They can inspire the public to actively participate more in the democratic processes through their work. They are the nation’s eyes, ears, and conscience. You cast a light in the darkness and show a way by telling the story honorably and fearlessly,” said MBFI president Aniceto M. Sobrepeña.
The lecture and media training in Cebu is the first of the series for 2016. The other activities will be held in Legazpi City on August 4 and 5; Zamboanga City on August 25 and 26; Ateneo de Manila University on September 12; Cavite State University on September 29; and Ilocos Norte on October 20 and 21. The complete schedule and updates will be shared on the Facebook page @MetrobankFoundationJOY and on the websites probefound.com and mbfoundation.com. (PR)
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