CEBU CITY (Oct. 3, 2016) – Veteran newspaper editors and award-winning bloggers shared over the past two weekends their experiences and gave valuable insights to prospective members of the Student Press Corps of Don Bosco Technical College (DBTC) Cebu.
The Freeman publisher Jerry S. Tundag and Cebu Daily News deputy editor Stephen D. Capillas tackled news, features and editorial writing with some 50 student writers from Grades 4 to 11 on Sept. 24 at the school AVR.
Quennie Sanchez-Bronce, editor-in-chief of The Freeman, taught the aspiring journalists how to manage a publication in the succeeding session on Oct. 1 at the same venue.
Multi-awarded bloggers and social media experts Ruben C. Licera and Bjornson Bernales also made the young writers appreciate the value as well as the dangers of the internet in publishing their works, especially in an organized manner.
Tundag has been a journalist since the early 1980’s when the country was in deep economic and political crisis, He rose through the ranks to become associate editor of The Freeman.
He briefly left the media to work for the corporate communication office of San Miguel Corp. but returned to the fourth estate to become the editor-in-chief of the now-defunct Visayan Herald.
He returned to The Freeman and became its editor-in-chief until a few years ago when the newspaper organization now run by the Philippine Star group elevated him to the role of a publisher.
Today, Tundag often writes the newspaper’s editorial and maintains the opinion column To The Quick.
Capillas migrated to Cebu after serving as editor-in-chief of Sun•Star Cagayan de Oro in the late 1990’s to join the subsidiary of Philippine Daily Inquirer in Cebu as the second-in-command of the editorial team.
Other than editing news copies, he takes turn in writing the editorial of Cebu Daily News and writes an untitled weekly essay in the newspaper’s opinion page.
Bronce manages two newspapers as editor-in-chief of both The Freeman and the Bisaya tabloid Banat News, also a publication of the Philippine Star group.
She started as a business reporter of the local newspaper, then served as business editor and further as news editor.
She left the media to take care of her young children but returned a few years back as lifestyle editor until her promotion as editor-in-chief.
Licera & Bernales
Licera, former communications manager of Bluewater Resorts, and Bernales are “partners-in-crime” in online marketing, helping various organizations maximize the internet to build reputation or generate leads that can be converted to sales.
Globe Media Excellence Awards adjudged Licera as 2014 Blogger of the Year and 2014 Social Media Advocate, and Bernales as the 2013 Social Media Advocate awardee.
Both lead as convenors of the Cebu Blogging Community, a large aggrupation of millennial bloggers, the only one recognized by the internet and business communities in Cebu.
The DBTC Parent-Teachers Community Association (PTCA) organized and facilitated the interactive seminars as part of its effort to breathe life back to the Bosconian Odyssey, the official student publication of the school.
The publication has not been so active over the past few years. The PTCA took the initiative to revive it through an Integrated Media and Communications (IMaC) program after some parents pressed for the return of the school newsletter.
The PTCA organized the two seminars to motivate the writers pre-selected by the faculty coordinators to embrace publication work, join the Student Press Corps, and become part of the editorial staff of the Bosconian Odyssey.
On Saturday, Oct. 8, the writers will take a test in writing news and features and editing a pre-altered news copy for the PTCA student development committee (SDC) to determine with the faculty coordinators who can comprise the staff.
Fr. Jerome Mario “Jim-Jim” C. Dublois, SDB, will lead the panel who will interview those with potentials on Oct. 12 and 13 at the office the PTCA shares with the alumni and now the publications.
The panel will include PTCA vice president and SDC chair Cerwin T. Eviota, senior high school assistant principal Judan Sta. Teresa and faculty adviser Estrellita “Star” Abian.
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