MANILA, Philippines - Citizen journalism has pushed media on the verge of its "golden age," a top media executive told journalism students recently.
In his keynote speech at a media congress, Eugenio Lopez III, chairman and chief executive officer of ABS-CBN, addressed the unstoppable phenomenon that is citizen journalism.
|Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III
Yet in the midst of the explosion of content in the different media platforms, the tenets of truth, choice, and service must still be at the core, Lopez stressed.
Lopez shared this to over 700 students from different schools who trooped to the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila on February 22 and 23 for the 6th Pinoy Media Congress.
With its theme, "Engaging People and Media Participation for Change", the congress aims to inform mass communication students and teachers on how the media and the public respond to social issues.
UST Vice Rector Fr. Pablo T. Tiong, O.P. led the opening ceremonies with officials from the Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE), executives from ABS-CBN, and other media.
ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs Head Ging Reyes talked about the practical and day-to-day side of citizen journalism. She also encouraged the students to participate in the Bayan Mo, i-Patrol Mo campaign as agents of change in society.
Also present were media practitioners Cheche Lazaro, Charie Villa, Tina Monzon-Palma, Marites Vitug, and Glenda Gloria, who talked about the state of media, the new social media, and investigative journalism. They were joined by ABS-CBN executives Gina Lopez, Bong Osorio, Cory Vidanes, and Vivian Tin.
Other speakers were Gen. Benito Ramos of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Dr. Madanmohan Rao of Techsparks and Asia Media Information and Communication Research Center, and Francis dela Cruz of Greenpeace Philippines.
The event is part of the quadricentennial activities to celebrate the 400th anniversary of UST. -- With a report from Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News