Lumapay got the award in Photojournalism while Ledesma bested other student journalists in Feature Writing English Category.
Campus journalists from different colleges and universities in Western Visayas joined the event. Other The Technopacer staff members who participated in the workshop were Jorgeilyn Serfino, Roberto Sumilang, and Gyler Ann Granja.
On the other hand, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Western Visayas marked this year’s training season for campus publications writers by anchoring the annual seminar workshop from July to September with the theme “convergence journalism”.
The training was open to all school publication writers and moderators, and was anchored on the emerging media forms such as photography, printing, broadcasting, and on the social media as a new highway of communication, the government’s reform agenda, the multilingual campus paper, news and features, sports writing, page design, photo journalism, copy editing and head lining, opinion-writing, social media: ethics and responsibility, and online journalism/smart journ.ph platform.
According to Atty. Janet Mesa, PIA 6 Director, the seminar was aimed to cater to new appealing forms of journalism considering the growing needs of the new generation especially that youths of today are more inclined on the use of new media communication.
“With PIA’s fourth time partnership with smart communications, it continues its commitment on empowering Filipinos through information by honing journalistic minds to produce more effective and competent writers,” Mesa said.
She also emphasized that the annual PIA seminar was not only about fulfilling its commitment but also for answering the mandates of Journalistic Act of 1991.
The law provides that school paper managers and writers should undergo proper and appropriate training on paper management, skills, and journalistic competence which includes character, native ability, and acquired technical skills.
Smart, which provide kits to seminar attendees, provides publication writers in Western Visayas access accounts which will allow them to have their works published and read by a wider audiences.