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Telco backs online campus journalism

First Posted 08:10:00 08/20/2010

STUDENT journalists in the cities of Iloilo and Baguio are now ready to put on online their campus papers after learning how to access online resources and undergoing relevant training under Journ.ph, the online campus journalism project of Smart Communications Inc.

Journ.ph includes collaboration with media, academe and journalism institution partners to promote and develop online campus journalism among schools nationwide, using Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).

The project also includes a mentoring and training program for journalism students and local media, and an online content management platform www.journ.ph.

In two trainings recently conducted with the Philippine Information Agency-Region 6 in Iloilo City and the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club and St. Louis University in Baguio City, Smart showed the participants how to get an account via the journ.ph website and how to post and edit campus news on their online campus paper.

During the Basic Journalism Seminar conducted by PIA-Region 6 in Iloilo City, Smart also brought in experts to discuss the Fundamentals of Blogging and Journalism Ethics and Cyber Laws.

In attendance were over 300 campus journalists and faculty advisers representing close to 75 college papers in Region 6. The Baguio City seminar drew more than 100 participants representing publications from the St. Louis University, Benguet State University, SLU Laboratory Elementary School and the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University.

Smart launched Journ.ph in Cebu City last year as one of the activities held in celebration of Cebu Press Freedom Week.

The leading wireless services provider has been partnering with community and media organizations in conducting trainings to equip interested school publication teams with the skills and the resources to get their campus papers online. Such trainings have been conducted in the cities of Cebu, Baguio, Davao and Iloilo. Smart is scheduled to conduct more training sessions, this time among high school publication teams, in partnership with PIA-Region 6 in Bacolod.

Under Journ.ph, Smart is also conducting an ongoing Blog Site contest for campus papers of interested public and private colleges and/or universities in Cebu.

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