Student journalists participated in the first region-wide general assembly of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) last July 12 at UP Mindanao.
Discussions about CEGP and Campus Press Freedom were tackled. Notable speakers gave workshop on the basic, intermediate and advance journalism skills training. Socio-political issues in the country were discussed to increase the awareness of the student journalist.
National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) Vice President for Mindanao Malaya Genotiva gave a talk on education, student rights, tuition fee increase, and the removal of the Filipino subject in tertiary schools were discussed. Also, Atenews alumni and current Hijo Resources corp. social media strategist Reymond Pepito gave a discussion on online and social media strategies.
In between discussions, notable media practitioners gave lectures and training. Davao Today editor-in-chief Tyrone Velez and business mirror reporter Manuel Cayon taught news writing while Atenews alumni and current Davao Today writer Kirsten Ilajas lectured on feature writing. Also, former chairperson of the cultural group Kabataang Artista Para sa Tunay na Kalayaan (Karatula) and current Radyo ni Juan program director Joselito Lagon Jr. taught cartooning while Midtown graphic and layout artist Eric Santos taught graphic and layout.
The resolution for a sustained campaign against campus press repression was discussed. Also, student journalists elected the new set of CEGP officers.