Davao journalists take course on conflict resolution
SIX MINDANAO journalists went to Australia last Jan. 11 for a week-long course titled, “Conflict-Resolving Media,” at the University of Sydney Center for Peace and Conflict Studies.
The journalists were Mindanao Times editor-in-chief Amalia Cabusao; GMA-Davao TV news anchor Temujin Ocampo; Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Julie Alipala and Jeoffrey Maitem; dxMS Cotabato station manager Edwin Fernandez; and Allen Estabillo of MindaNews.
Romeo Montenegro, head of Communications and Media Affairs of the Mindanao Economic Development Council and who represented the government media and the Mindanao Communicators Network, was also with the delegation.
Organized by the Australian Agency for International Development, through the Philippine Australia Human Resources Development Program, the short course on Conflict-Resolving Media seeks to engage journalist-participants in examining the influence of media in attempting to prevent or moderate violence in such areas as Mindanao.
The program also introduced creative ways for journalists, media development workers, and media activists to apply principles of conflict resolution.
ABS-CBN launches election citizen watch
ABS-CBN launched “Boto Mo, I-Patrol Mo,” a citizen-watch program for the 2006 elections, last Jan. 17 as part of its election coverage.
Under the program, concerned citizens can use their MMS-capable or 3G (third-generation) phones to send information to 2366, ABS-CBN’s short messaging system center.
The program began airing on Jan. 22 during the TV Patrol World newscast. ABS-CBN will devote an hour for the program as election day approaches.
News Chief Charie Villa, however, clarified that reports of election fraud and other irregularities will still be screened to test their credibility before they can be aired, Villa said.—With a report from The Philippine Star.