Journalism Student Conference

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Journalism research conference draws 300 student researchers

Some 300 hundred student-researchers in journalism and their teachers are expected to attend the second Philippine Journalism Research Conference on Wednesday, March 5. The activity, organized by the Department of Journalism of the UP College of Mass Communication at UP Diliman, will be held at the UP-CMC Media Center.

The attendance is significant not only because it is bigger than last year’s research conference but also because it shows a growing interest in journalism research as an approach to improving the practice of journalism. Research, as American journalism guru Jay Rosen (2004), said ” maps and draws borders around the practice (of journalism) and define what’s within or beyond.”

The highlight of the conference is the panel judging of 12 researches selected from 50 abstract submitted to the organizers. The topics include disaster, surveillance, corruption, peace, community journalism, ethics, and the social media. The participating schools are (Ateneo De Zamboanga University, Bulacan State University, Kalayaan College, Malayan Colleges Laguna, Mapua Institute of Technology, St. Mary’s University Nueva Vizcaya, St. Paul University-Quezon City, University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines Diliman)

The members of the panel, which will select the best journalism researches, are (Prof. Danilo A. Arao, Associate Dean, UP-CMC; Dr. Georgina R. Encanto, former CMC Dean and former faculty member of the Journalism Department; Prof. Ben Domingo, Chair CHED Technical Panel on Journalism; Prof. Luz Rimban, Trustee Vera Files; and Mr. Juan Sarmiento, Senior Desk Editor).

The best research presentations will receive the Chit Estella Journalism Research Award that will be launched during the conference. The award, named after the late Professor Lourdes Simbulan, is sponsored by Vera Files, an online news organization that practices investigative and long form journalism.

Other sponsors of the research conference are the Philippine Star, the Center for Community Journalism and Development, Disaster Risk Reduction Network-Philippines, and Faber-Castell. The Office of the Chancellor of UP Diliman also supports the conference. UP Diliman officials will open the day-long conference.

Registration is free; participants will be provided meal and snacks, and free newspaper courtesy of the Philippine Star.

For more information, please contact the conference chair, Prof. Lou Tangi, and Raquel Bacarra, head of the secretariat.

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