Two radio executives over the weekend appealed to students and the youth sector for responsible citizen journalism.
Manila Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) vice president Atty. Reggie Jularbal and MBC assistant vice president Cesar Chavez shared their insights on the basics of journalism and media ethics during the start of the weekly 2nd MBC Youth Journalism Workshop at Star City Amusement Park inside CCP Complex, Pasay City.
Jularbal and Chavez also reminded the 50 participants from various schools in Metro Manila such as University of Caloocan City (UCC) and Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) to be careful of what they share and post in social media.
For his part, Jularbal discussed how influential broadcast media to the global community. “It showed the rise of citizen journalism because of listeners airing the views over the phone,” he said.
Jularbal said the public nowadays now have the means to report around them. “Anyone with a camera phone, it’s simple to post images, video and text to social media sites at the click of a button,” the broadcast executive said.
Chavez, on the other hand, said the workshop is timely because many youths are eager to share first hand information from their respective schools, organizations and communities.
“We are training you to be youth volunteer correspondents and become backpack journalists,” Chavez, a former commissioner of the National Youth Commission (NYC) told the young audience.
Backpack journalism is an emerging form of journalism that requires a journalist to be a reporter, photographer, and videographer, as well as an editor and producer of stories.
Chavez also encouraged the participants to be “guerilla journalists,” similar to citizen journalism and based upon public citizens “playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing, and disseminating news and information.”
Guerilla journalism was invented by American journalists Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Nellie Bly. It is the insatiable appetite journalists have to write stories on underreported and neglected topics in a community.
Woodward and Bernstein were the ones who exposed the Watergate Scandal was a major political scandal that occurred in the United States in the 1970s as a result of the June 17, 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C.
It led to the resignation of US President Richard Nixon whose administration was accused of attempted cover-up.
Bly was the pen name of American journalist Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman. She was also a writer, industrialist, inventor, and a charity worker who was widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, in emulation of Jules Verne’s fictional character Phileas Fogg,
Bly’s exposé in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within made her a pioneer in her field launching a new kind of investigative journalism.
Chavez said the weekly workshop will feature a field work for the participants on Saturday, July 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A two-day activity the following weekend is scheduled at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) in Tagaytay City, Cavite. (Joel C. Atencio)