MSFJ Gives Journalism Seminar in Cordon

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By: Rosemarie A. De Guia

The Marian Society of Future Journalists (MSFJ) conducted a campus journalism seminar at St. John Berchmans' High School in Cordon, Isabela on August 8, 2009 as part of their outreach activities for this school year.

Journalism instructors of Saint Mary's University, Mr. Melvin Gascon, Mrs. Clara Gonzales, and Ms. Ma. Julie Anne Gajes, graced the seminar by being the speakers on discussions regarding newswriting, feature writing and editing.

“It is the first time (that) the school did something like this and it is informative. We (have) attended other seminars like this outside campus, but they are not as comprehensive (as this),” said Jesabel Aguilar, a participant of the said seminar.

There were also parallel sessions on the second part of the seminar so as to cover as much possible other areas of journalism such as sports writing, opinion writing and layouting.

Students and teachers alike participated in the seminar enthusiastically as they were eager to listen to the speakers the whole time even if they had to use their bare voices on some parts of the discussion due to frequent power interruptions that they experienced that day.

Mrs. Anastacis Diwas, high school principal of St. John, said during her closing speech that they were liberated from ignorance.

She relayed how she had always believed that an editorial is always written by the editor-in-chief and was utterly surprised when she learned from the seminar that it can be written by anybody as long as it represents the stand of the paper.

“I have had that wrong notion for 40 years and now, thanks to the speakers, I have been liberated.” said Mrs. Diwas.

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