MANILA, Feb. 12, 2012—In a bid to promote more effectively the celebration of the “Year of Mission”, the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) gathered several high school and college students for a journalism workshop- seminar at the Pontifical Mission Society building in Manila, February 11.
Some 25 high school and college students from different schools around Metro Manila, Rizal and Laguna participated in the day-long seminar aimed at helping students to enhance their skills in writing, to boost their knowledge in the view of the Church in terms of media association and the appreciation of journalistic writing as a vocation.
A collaborative effort of the CBCP Media office and the Pontifical Mission Society (PMS), the seminar-workshop was conceptualized by Msgr. Pedro Quitorio III, Media Director of the CBCP to involve student publications in promoting the celebration of the Year of Pontifical Mission Society.
“The idea came from Monsignor Pepe, because 2012 is the ‘Pontifical Year of Missions’ and we need to really promote it,” PMS National Director Fr. Soc Mesiona said.
Mesiona added that the student participants are active in school publications in their respective schools.
“These students, as school journalists, are active in promoting missions. We, in the PMS are hoping that they can feature and promote fully [in their publications] this special year of the missions.”
Joining Msgr. Quitorio in the workshop were CBCP Media Office staff writers Ronalyn Regino, Yen Ocampo and Jandel Posion.
Topics focused on the Church and Media Apostolate, Introduction to Journalism, Elements of Catholic Journalism and the basics and Techniques in News Writing. (Jandel Posion/CBCPNews