October 13, 2008

Filipino press organization focuses on CJ to recruit new journos

The Sun-Star Cebo newspaper in the Philippines reports on its Website of a conference focused on Community Journalism held recently in the province of Cebu, called "Reaching out to future journalists: community journalism forum."

According to the report, Sun-Star Cebo editor in chief Pachico Seares "observed that many Cebu journalists regard their work as not just a livelihood but also a means of 'serving the community they cover.'" The report also paraphrased Seares to say "Despite constraints and challenges, community journalists leave the national competition behind in covering their cities and towns."

Another editor at the conference, Stella Estremera of the Sun-Star Davao, reportedly stated that "Equating community journalism as 'the art of making friends and making do,' Estremera encouraged future journalists to regard ordinary citizens as their 'eyes and ears.' By listening to citizen journalists, newsrooms can be in touch with the authentic day-to-day problems, needs and aspirations of the so-called little people."

The newspapers are part of the Sun-Star Community Newspaper network, which publishes 12 newspapers across the Philippines.

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