RESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar (center) and Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez (left) remind young Dagupeno journalists of their responsibility to practice fair and unbiased journalism on a “meet and greet” session held on April 19 at the North Central Elementary School in Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City. (CIO photo by Jojo Tamayo)

DAGUPAN CITY – At least 80 young journalists of Dagupan were able to meet with Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office during a “meet and greet” session held on April 19 at the North Central Elementary School, Bonuan Gueset.

After holding a press conference earlier that day that discussed the current events happening in the country, Secretary  Andanar went on to discuss to the youth what disinformation can do to democracy and to the electoral process.

During the brief forum, Andanar advised the journalists on what they can do to counter the prevalence of disinformation, which continues to persist as “a social media pandemic”.

“Whenever you see a news story (online), make sure to check its source to see if it came from a bonafide news organization. But it’s not enough to just check the source of the information, you also have to verify it before you share something,” said Andanar.

He also urged the youth to join the government’s efforts in combating misinformation, saying: “Kayong mga kabataan mismo ay dapat sumama sa gobyerno sa ating laban para matalo natin ang misinformation.”

Meanwhile, Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez reminded the aspiring journalists to be responsible when it comes to receiving and sharing information.

“I hope that as the youth of today, you can start it right. You can help us fight misinformation by not just writing credible and unbiased news, but also by guiding others.” (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)