DAGUPAN CITY – The city, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), will  hold a three-day Children Summit on Journalism for elementary and high school students in the public and private schools on January 29 to 31.

The summit, which will be facilitated by the DepEd with Schools Division Superintendent Lorna Bugayong as chairman, is open to high school and senior students from public and private schools and to Grades IV and V in the elementary level.

Education Program Supervisor Dr. Liezl Cancino disclosed that the summit committee has invited top notch journalists, broadcasters and television news personalities in the country and in the region including Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Director Florinda Princess Duque, both from the Presidential Communication Operations Office, as speakers and lecturers in the three-day summit.

Representative Christopher De Venecia of the fourth district of Pangasinan who is himself a journalist being a Young Star columnist of The Philippine STAR and Chalk Magazine Lifestyle editor, is the keynote speaker.

Al S. Mendoza, former Sports Editor of the Inquirer and now writes for Business Mirror and The Sunday Punch will give his lecture on Sports writing while Kara David and Mariz Umali, both from GMA Network News and popular documentarists and broadcast journalists are also expected to share their knowledge and talents to the participants in the three-day summit, which will be held at CSI Stadia in Lucao District. Other invited speakers belong to the academe.

Among the topics proposed to be discussed by the lecturers and speaker will deal mostly on news gathering, editorial writing, feature writing, science and technology writing, photojournalism, editorial cartooning, script writing and radio broadcasting, copy reading and headline writing, scriptwriting and TV news casting, collaborative desktop publishing, sports viewing and writing.

The local media practitioners who will also share their talents and knowledge include Eva Visperas, reporter, The Philippine Star; Gabriel ‘Ging’ Cardinoza, reporter, Philippine Daily Inquirer; Willie Lomibao, photo journalist, Philippine Daily Inquirer; Rhee Fer Hortaleza, veteran journalist and broadcaster, and others who will act as judges in broadcasting like Violy Ferrer, DWCM Station Manager, Michelle Soriano of ABS-CBN Dagupan, Alfie Tulagan and CJ Torida of Balitang Amianan.

The Children Summit is initiated by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez and is held every year focusing on different topics like health, music and for this year on journalism.

Fernandez said she wants to harness the skills of students in the field of journalism as Dagupan City is also the center of media industry in Pangasinan. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Jan. 17, 2018)