Seven Chronicle staffers Attend 1st Nor Min communicators congress

By Huemer O. Uy

In line with empowering social media as a form of journalism, seven staffers of the Capitol Chronicle, the Official Students Publication of Capitol University, attended “SIBYA: The First Northern Mindanao Student Communicators Congress” held last Feb. 17,2012 at Cinema 2, SM Cagayan de Oro City.

Jeff Keiser A. Siason (editor in chief), Hazel Christie C. Valle (managing editor), Pamela B. Clavejo (art editor), Korrine Frances Alarcon (acting news editor), Jean Claude Cagas (photographer), Charlie L. Simon (staffwriter) and Huemer O. Uy (staffwriter) represented CU in the said congregation of different high school students, campus journalists, professors, and students enrolled in communication-related courses all over Northern Mindanao.

The said event was graced by the keynote speakers namely, Ms. Maria Ressa, a former CNN Jakarta Bureau Chief, CEO of Rappler.com and a multi awarded journalist; Ms. Patricia Evangelista, a columnist of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a former host of Y Speak, and Storyline (ANC) producer; Mrs. Chay Hofileňa, a Lecturer at Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University; and Mr. Michael Josh Villanueva, a multimedia journalist, social media consultant, and former head of Youscoop in GMA7.

The communicators congress aimed to gather student communicators and empower them to champion social change and to prepare them to become responsible and competent future communication practitioners.

During the congress, Ms. Maria Ressa presented statistics involving social media as part of social awareness. She also explained the increasing influence of social media in mobilizing the crowd towards a desired change. The three other guest speakers introduced Rappler beta as a platform to create “ripple of change” in the society.

The event was organized by The Crusader, the official student publication of Xavier University, in cooperation with the Developmental Communication Department of the same university.

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