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DDJ holds seminar on gathering data, gives out devjourn awards

7 November 2017 by KSGCatapang

The Department of Development Journalism (DDJ) held on November 6 its third seminar this year under the DDJ Seminar Series. Entitled "Sinop: A Seminar on Gathering Data and Vetting Information Sources in Journalism," the event featured Karol Anne Ilagan, deputy director of the editorial desk of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. The seminar was held at the College of Development Communication Lecture Hall and was attended by students from the College and from various private and public schools in Laguna.

Ilagan, a graduate of BA Journalism of UP Diliman College of Mass Communication, took her master's degree in investigative journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia where she was a Fulbright and a White House Correspondents' Association scholar. Her reports have been published by the Center for Investigative Reporting, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and the Investigative Reporting Workshop.

During the open forum, the audience raised questions pertaining to safety in the practice of journalism, dealing with or responding to attacks against the integrity of journalists, and challenges in gathering data and writing stories, among many others.

In the same event, the DDJ gave out the Development Journalism Awards (DJA) for the year 2017.

Started in 2013, DJA gives commendation to students who displayed outstanding work in development journalism courses and/or courses with development journalism component. It aims to raise the quality of writing of students on development-oriented issues that are relevant to local communities. By recognizing students who show potential or demonstrate skills essential in reporting for development, the DJA hopes to motivate and inspire students to excel in development journalism and imbibe the qualities of a development journalist.

This year's awardees are as follows:

  • Stephanie Edora P. Manrilla: Outstanding Development Story
  • Cesar M. Ilao III: Best In-Depth Report; Budding Development Journalist
  • Von Henzley B. Consigna: Budding Development Journalist
  • DEVC 136 Section C-2L (adviser: aProf. Aletheia G. Canubas-Araneta): Special Citation for Best "Los Banos Times" Issue

Outputs evaluated for DJA 2017 include stories published from August 2016 to July 2017 in both online and print editions of The Los Baņos Times, a community newspaper produced by DDJ in collaboration with students and community stakeholders.