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Fr. Ebisa: Treat journalism as a vocation, not just a job

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Fr. Ebisa: Treat journalism as a vocation, not just a job

Monday, September 18, 2017

PRESS FREEDOM. Writers and broadcasters attend the opening fellowship that kicks off this year’s celebration of the 25th Cebu Press Freedom Week. (SunStar File Photo / Allan Cuizon)

A PRIEST and broadcaster called on members of the media to treat journalism not just as a profession, but as a vocation to serve others.

Fr. Roberto “Bobby” Ebisa made the call during the Eucharistic mass for the opening ceremonies of the 25th Cebu Press Freedom Week celebration yesterday.
Ebisa, station manager of Radio DyRF and president of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas Cebu Chapter, challenged Cebu media to do a “paradigm shift” amid various challenges in the workplace.

Ebisa said that if each member of the media would treat their work as a vocation, they could learn what it means to forgive and understand.

“If the center is ourselves, it will always be difficult to forgive from the heart. But if the center is vocation and the center is calling us, there is grace for us to learn to forgive,” said Ebisa.

In an interview, Ebisa explained that his message was not meant for those who are critical of the media.

“The call to forgiveness has no limit to it. Time and again, we remind the media practitioners, the people in government and everybody that forgiveness is boundless,” he said.

Members of Cebu media from Cebu’s five newspapers and radio and television stations gathered at the University of San Carlos (USC) North Campus in Cebu City for the celebration.

At 7 a.m., media practitioners marched from Fuente Osmeña to USC North Campus for the traditional “Freedom Walk.” After the mass, the opening fellowship followed, which was highlighted by the dance contest and raffle draws. (JKV)

Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on September 18, 2017.

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