PHILIPPINE Press Institute, in a bid to educate students, in line with its advocacy to strengthen the industry conducted the first of a series of seminars dubbed as “Let’s get Real.”
The one-day seminar filled the auditorium of the University of the Cordilleras (UC) and inspired around 200 students to get real on news, ending with a covenant signing to stay true to the truth.
The series is aimed to educate both students and the academe on the dangers of the proliferation of fake news and hoaxes as well as the emergence of social media platforms being abused by advocacy groups.
Ariel Sebellino, PPI executive director said “the advent of fake news, alternative facts, or simply put, outright lies, clearly illustrates this troubling reality that is rewiring public debate, and societies at large, in the digital age. In the Philippines and elsewhere in the world the proliferation of fake news is polarizing society and deepening the political divide.”
PPI training director Tess Bacalla started the seminar with an introduction slowly going into the process on how to spot fake news and how it is undermining democracy.
Bacalla exposed the digital landscape of the present times while Frank Cimatu gave the audience a lowdown on what real news is which ended the morning sessions.
Afternoon session opened with Sebellino giving a Civic Journalism Engagement in tandem with SunStar Editor–in–chief Roderick Osis.
The event was coordinated by former UC dean and PPI trustee for Luzon Sonia Daoas, and Doctor Roldan Ta-a, department head, Graduate School and Undergrad for the university.
The PPI is set to tour the country with the same series with Batangas and Bulacan slated next.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on April 15, 2017.
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