The morning workshop, Truth-telling in the Time of Fake News, and Post-Truths, was opened by Ms. Inday Espina-Verona from ABS-CBN Online News. Miss Espina-Verona discussed how citizens leaned towards the new media and addressed fake news. Miss Luz Rimban, the second speaker from the Konrad Adenauer Institute of Journalism, talked about how broadcast television is still the leading source of information, even if “Broadcast television and radio do not give us the full truth” she said. This point was further illustrated by IAWRT USA chapter’s president, Miss Sheila Katzman’s statement, “Media tells us what to think about, not how to think.”
A discourse on Gender-sensitive reporting was held in the afternoon workshop. Miss Sonia Caprio of DWNE Nueva Ecija tackled gender-sensitive reporting, sexism and sexual harassment. Miss Sonia ended her discourse by saying “Silence hides violence” as a reminder for both men and women to speak up when being harassed or violated.
Miriam College’s very own Department of Communication chair, Miss Lynda Garcia was the last one to speak. Miss Garcia talked about conceptual issues and approaches to non-sexists use of language. ‘She mentions how language is a key to understanding and communion, with a special emphasis on gender sensitivity.
At the end of the day, the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) was able to give attention to the issues women face today.