Seventy five high school students went through rigid pen-pushing exercises in the two-day Basic Journalism Seminar-Workshop held June 22-23 at the Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS Multipurpose Room.
Aptly themed “Eloquentia et Sapientia (eloquence and wisdom),” the 18-hour writeshop is the first installment of the yearlong comprehensive training regimen of Ripples, the official school paper of the school. It is also, in a way, a resurrected version of the past summer workshops that Ripples had sponsored—producing hundreds of individual, team, and publication awards.
Veteran journalism trainer Dr. Herman Lagon said, “the training squeezed out the best in the participants such that the facilitators, mainly the moderators and Ripples alumni, have found a lot of promising budding campus journalists in the fold.”
“We have designed the seminar-workshop to equip the busy, talented, and competitive Ateneans in all high school grade levels with the most fundamental journalism skills necessary for school publication, contests, and school chores.”
In the whole weekend affair, Dr. Lagon was assisted by Ripples moderator Mrs. Kimberly Rose Pillo and co-moderator Bro. Eugene Parayaoan. Ms. Pillo is a former editor in chief of Silak Publication in West Visayas State University (WVSU) while Bro. Parayaoan is a former editor in chief of Pilosopo Tasyo Publication in Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU). Dr. Lagon is a practicing journalist and a national awardee during his stint as Ripples moderator in years 2002-2009.
Also graced the workshop are Ripples alumni from different batches led by Pamela Joy Go (Ed-in-chief, 2003), Roeyna Mae Famisaran (Ed-in-chief, 2009), and Nizza Ann Regalado (Ed-in-chief 2013). Together with the moderators and other former Ripples publication editors, they took turns in checking the works of the participants and gave them a couple of personalized comments and tips.
The seminar started Saturday morning with a brief orientation and opening remarks by Ms. Pillo. Then, news writing was introduced by Dr. Lagon, followed by a three-hour small-group workshop where the participants were divided into three clusters under Bro. Parayaoan (beginner group), Ms. Pillo (intermediate level cluster), and Dr. Lagon (advanced writers). In the afternoon of the same day, column and editorial writing were presented by Dr. Lagon, while Bro. Eugene Parayaoan delved with feature writing.
On the second day, contests for news, feature, and editorial writing for both English and Filipino took place. The discussion for copy-reading and headline writing was then conducted by Ms. Pillo while Dr. Lagon discussed sports writing, editorial cartooning and photojournalism, thereafter. The seminar ended with the announcement of winners. Parvane Mae Lagon, Ateneo de Iloilo Ripples