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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Zambo communication studes undergo USAID-Engage training on peace journalism

By Dave Malcampo

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Eighteen communication students from Ateneo De Zamboanga University (ADZU), Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College (ZCSPC) underwent a three-day intensive training on peace journalism starting May 7-10 at a local hotel here in Barangay Tetuan.

Sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Engage Project in partnership with the city government of Zamboanga, the training covered lectures on newswriting and feature news writing interspersed with concepts on peace and conflict with reference to news articles published in local papers.

Public Information Officer Sheila E. Covarrubias of the City Government of Zamboanga lectured on straight news writing while Executive Assistant Christian Olasiman of the City Mayor’s Office gave a review on feature news wrting.

Frencie L. Carreon, a Ph.D. candidate discussed peace journalism with the participants and Ms. Stella A. Estrella, editor of The Sun Star Davao also gave a lecture on the Mindanao Peace Lens.

The student-participants also underwent a workshop on envisioning peace journalism through drawing with Jules Benitez, USAID-Engage’s municipal and community engagement officer as facilitator.

They are now deployed for a 20-day internship to the different media outfits in the city with meals and transportation allowance from USAID-Engage. (Sheila May Aquino)