Liga Tomasino, The Varsitarian and the UST Journalism Society sponsored last Friday a mass at the UST chapel for the Maguindanao massacre victims. After that, a vigil was held at the lobby of the St. Raymund's Building.
Sir. Joselito Zulueta, V adviser and Journsoc head, was there to deliver a message. Representatives from Political Science Society and AB Student Council were also on hand for the cause.
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Manila Bulletin, UST Hold Journalism Forum By MB Research February 7, 2013, 7:07pm
MANILA, Philippines --- Manila Bulletin, the Philippines’ leading national newspaper, reached out to young, aspiring Thomasian journalists last Wednesday through a collaborative journalism workshop held at the Civil Law Auditorium of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila.
Dubbed the “Manila Bulletin Campus Journalism Forum Goes To UST!,” the five-hour gathering had around 200 students, mostly Journalism majors from the university’s Faculty of Arts and Letters, listening to Manila Bulletin’s esteemed editors as they imparted their insights on a variety of topics that anchored on the significance of traditional media in the age of technology.
“We are excited to develop a stronger bond between Manila Bulletin and the University through the Office of Public Affairs. We’d like to keep the music playing between UST and the Manila Bulletin,” said Office of Public Affairs Director Associate Professor Giovanna Fontanilla in her opening remarks, as she welcomed guests and participants to the forum.
Fontanilla expressed her gratitude to Manila Bulletin for coming up with the idea of having a campus journalism forum, which she thinks would help improve journalism students and members of the school publications’ staff in their writing skills.
Tech News Editor Arturo “Art” Samaniego Jr. tackled “New Media vs Traditional Media: Which is more effective?” while Desk Editor Nathaniel “Nate” Barretto discussed “Creating Enough Content for Media: Tips On Making a Blog Fail Or Succeed.”
“I believe that traditional media has no conflict with new media,” said Samaniego during his talk. “The relation would be more like software update or your house being improved as the need arises.”
Answering the question “Is the newspaper still relevant in the age of technology?” Samaniego offered his own take on the issue: “Yes, as long as these newspaper would not insist on their roles as ‘bringer’ of news.”
He also exhorted aspiring journalists from among the students to stick to the core of journalism, which is to “tell the truth.”
Barretto, on the other hand, advised would-be bloggers to ensure that they can be identified with what they write.
“Stick to what you know, and you must have a stand. Your blog must also have comments, ‘like’ and ‘dislike’ [mechanism] to empower your site visitors,” Barretto said.
Thomasians were all excited and grateful about this event, with even a faculty member saying that it was of great help to their students and moderators of student’s publication in the campus.
“It has been very helpful para sa mga katulad kong campus journalist… It’s always a struggle to catch the attention of the students and because of this forum, naging mas marketable ‘yong campus media tulad ng mga ginagawa namin as campus journalists para sa mga estudyanteng katulad ko,” said Vinci Ross Villanueva, 2nd year Civil Engineering student and the Literary Opinions Editor of the Thomasian Engineering organ.
“Ngayon ko lang nalaman na mahirap pala talaga ‘yong online kasi dati iniisip ko parang kung ano lang ‘yong pinapakita sa print media, ganon lang din ‘yung sa online pero hindi pala. In online, mas mahirap kunin ‘yong attention ng readers kaysa sa print media na tracked mo by layouts and pictures,” said Romina Cabrera, 3rd year Journalism student.
“The insights that were shared by the speakers this morning, especially that they are Thomasians and they have been working with the Manila Bulletin for quite a long time, are great, which our students could learn from,” Faculty of Arts and Letters Secretary Crescencio Doma Jr. said “Indeed, the new media that we have now or the social media as utilized by the netizens post a great challenge to writers and aspiring journalists.”
Other Bulletin editors who shared their knowledge and expertise in the forum’s afternoon session were Night Editor Miguel Jaime Ongpin (“A Case Study On Social Media”) and External Affairs Head Barbie Atienza (“Why Print Is Here To Stay?”).
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