ABOUT 300 students in Bacolod City signed a covenant to help campaign against fake news.
The Philippine Press Institute (PPI), in partnership with the Negros Press Club (NPC), held a seminar, dubbed “Let’s Get Real on Fake News,” at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos in Bacolod City Thursday.
The media groups, in a bid to educate students and the academe about alternative facts, stressed the dangers of the proliferation of fake news in the community and online.
PPI executive director Ariel Sebellino said “the advent of fake news, alternative facts or simply outright lies, clearly outrights this troubling reality that is rewriting public debate, and societies at large, in the digital age.”
He added: “In the Philippines and elsewhere in the world, the proliferation of fake news is polarizing society and deepening the political divide. This, at a time when people should be reaping increasing digital dividends not only to enhance their individual and collective well-being but also to ensure more responsive, efficient, and transparent public governance.”
Among the topics tackled in the forum were “Scanning the Digital Landscape” and “Fake News: The Real Deal” by PPI training director Tess Bacalla; “Civic Journalism 101: Enhancing Civic Engagement” by Sebellino and “Fact-Checking: Is That So?” by Verlie Retuin of Vera Files.
NPC officers Erwin Nicavera, Glazyl Masculino, both of SunStar Bacolod, and Eugene Adiong of Radyo Bandera also shared their experiences in covering their respective beats.
The whole-day activity was capped by the signing of the covenant by the students, their advisers, and the local media.