20th Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop announces search for fellows

The Journalism Department of the College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines, is once again calling for applicants for its flagship Graciano Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop.

The 20th workshop will be held from November 27 - December 2, 2016 at the UP College of Mass Communication, Diliman, Quezon City, with the theme, "Science Journalism: Contextualizing Science Reporting for Philippine Communities."

Resource speakers from UP's science community will enrich the fellows' knowledge on the various areas of the science beat while the journalism faculty of UP will introduce them to the new tools and techniques of reporting, including data visualization.

Funded through an emerging interdisciplinary research program (EIDRP) on Communicating Science and Technology Research and Development in UP (CoST-UP) of the UP System, this year's workshop aims to train 20 science journalists from the print, broadcast and online media, including four regional information officers of government science offices and one regional reporter of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

Full and partial fellowships are available, which may cover travel, food and accommodation expenses.

Since its first workshop in 1985, the Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop has trained hundreds of community journalists.

Among the past fellows are Cong Corrales, Raymund Villanueva, Dino Balabo, Froilan Gallardo, Frank Cimatu, Ilang-ilang Quijano, Jo Clemente, Diosa Labiste, Danny Calleja, Flor Abanto and Maurice Malanes.

Applicants should be currently engaged in media with at least two years' working experience.

They must submit an application letter or letter of intent; brief biographical sketch with a 2x2 mug shot and a curriculum vitae (CV), two published/broadcast news reports; a story plan for an in-depth local science story, an endorsement from their editor, local press club president or a Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop alumnus, and a CD containing soft or digital copies of all requirements submitted.

Applicants should address their submissions to The Project Director, 20th Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop on Science Journalism, Department of Journalism, College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

The deadline for submission of applications is on 30 September 2016.

For inquiries, call the Journalism Department at 920-6852 or 981-8500 local 2672 or email Prof. Teresa S. Congjuico, Project Director of the 20th Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop on Science Journalism, at tscongjuico@up.edu.ph.

Source: Philippine Information Agency