In an advocacy to continually develop the talents of promising students across Panay, the Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School Alumni Association (AAA) held a three-day journalism seminar dubbed as “JourKnows 2015 2.0: Journalism for Everyone ” last October 27 to 29, 2015 at the Ateneo de Iloilo Gym. Over 300 students from Grade 4 to Grade 10 from different schools and universities in Iloilo and nearby provinces joined the activity.
The workshop started with a brief program where each speaker was introduced. Enthusiastic participants were also warmly welcomed by AAA President Mr. Jake Borres in his opening remark.
Renowned journalists from Manila shared their thoughts with our young writers:
Roderick G. Tan is a commercial and editorial photographer at Certified Positive. He is the JourKnows 2015 Organizing Chair. He talked about Photojournalism and had budding photographers do street photography in the public market.
Jason O. Villena is a Graphic Artist at the DepEd EducNews. He has been a judge for the National Schools Press Conference for Editorial Cartooning for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015.
John Christopher G. Rafols is currently a journalism student at PUP Manila. He was a contributing writer at Manila Today. He has spoken in several press conferences and judged various Feature Writing contests. He shared his experiences with News and Feature Writing to both Elementary and High School students.
Charles T. Maquiling is currently the editor-in-chief of “Ang Limelight,” the 2015 Philippines Best School Paper. He is the 2015 Most Outstanding Campus Journalist of the Division of Cavite Province. He spoke about Collaborative and Desktop Publishing and Lay-outing for both Elementary and High School students.
Kenneth V. Munez is one of the top ten outstanding campus journalists of NCR as awarded by the Teodoro Valencia Foundation. He is a two-time RSPC winner of Editorial Writing. He talked about Editorial Writing.
Earl Victor L. Rosero is a veteran journalist and communications practitioner of 26 years. In the past five years, he has been with GMA News Online as News Section Editor and Night Desk Editor. Previously, he was, among others, at The Manila Times, Radio TV Malacanang, ABC 5 News, RPN News, The Manila Times School of Journalism, and the Commission on Higher Education. He has served as judge in the National Schools Press Conference several times over the years since 1998 for news writing, feature writing, radio broadcasting, news page, and feature page.
On the final day, a mock press conference was held where the students gathered data that they used for their newspaper, the final output of the three-day seminar. Students from different schools were asked to work together in one team and come up with one newspaper. The workshop culminated with the students presenting their newspapers to the speakers who critiqued their output and gave them tips that will indeed be helpful in upcoming press conferences.
JourKnows, which is part of the AAA Cares Outreach Program, raised funds for the Ateneo Blue Spoon program. The AAA hopes that like the Big Blue Run, this will also be an annual tradition.