ANGELES CITY -- Some 80 college students got to hone up their writing skills, venturing into blogging and other forms of on-line journalism aimed at getting vital messages to their respective communities.

Students from the Holy Angel University (HAU), Angeles University Foundation, University of the Assumption, and Systems Plus College Foundation joined the "Online Campus Journalism Lecture Series" sponsored by Smart Wireless Communications in cooperation with the Pampanga Press Club (PPC) and HAU.

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The one-day lecture at HAU tackled "Blogging 101," "Writing for the Web" and "Introduction to journ.ph" -- a portal for campus writers and bloggers put up by Smart.

“We are pleased to see how students in Pampanga and Angeles City are also interested in blogging which is fast rising to be an avenue to effect change,” said Jose Rosete, Smart media relations head.

The event comes at the heels of the successful conclusion of PPC’s Open University Lecture Series where some 500 high school students were given lectures on various campus journalism topics. The students came from all over Pampanga’s 21 towns and one city.

“Conducting free lectures for budding writers and campus scribes is PPC’s way to help hone up creative and literary skills among potential writers. It is also hoped to be a way to pass the baton to future generation of journalists,” said Noel Tulabut, PPC director.

Smart and PPC officers also expressed gratitude to HAU officials for offering its facilities for the lecture. They cited in particular Robbie Tantingco, assistant vice president for student services and affairs, and Francisco Adviento, dean of student affairs.

Smart is supporting campus papers nationwide through journ.ph, its online campus journalism initiative under the “Kabalikat sa Edukasyon” program. Together with media organizations and the academe, Smart is promoting the use of Internet technologies for education. (Press Release)