I was fortunate to have been invited to speak at a media workshop last Saturday, 10 March 2012, on environment reporting. Thanks to Mindanao Times editor-in-chief, Amy Cabusao, for the opportunity to engage Mindanao’s media practitioners in the advocacy to protect our marine environment!
The workshop, organized by the Mindanao News and Information Cooperative Center (MindaNews), was participated in by TV, print and radio journalists from different parts of Mindanao.
Here are the slides I used for that workshop, “Mindanao Journalists Training on Environment Reporting” :
The workshop was sponsored in part by the U.S. Embassy in Manila, and I had the chance to meet the American mission’s new press attaché, Tina Malone. Ms. Malone and I had a good chat about furthering the objectives of this workshop. I’m looking forward to working with the U.S. Embassy’s press office once again!
The following day, Sunday, I brought a handful of journalists from Davao, Dipolog, Surigao and other parts of Mindanao to Davao Gulf for them to see first-hand what I had talked about. They were not divers, but were given the chance to see the world under the sea, courtesy of Carabao Dive Center.
I sincerely hope that the workshop has sparked the spirit of advocacy among the participants. We do need our friends in the media to help us bring the message of environment conservation to their readers, viewers and listeners. Hopefully, more news organizations will develop a strong environment beat and thus sustain public awareness of the problems facing Philippine seas.