On July 25, 2015 the Re:CAP team along with Chi Rho’s editor in chief Jackie Hidalgo went to the SMX Convention center in Pasay City to attend the DOST – STII Science Journalism for Campus Journalists. The activity was entitled The art in science journalism for Campus Journalists. The writeshop began at 1 pm and lasted until 6 pm.
The activity was a part of a bigger event which was the 2015 National Science and Technology Week that last July 24-28, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. The event had a theme “Philippines: A Science of Nation Innovating for Global Competitiveness”. Many students from various parts of the Metro and other regions participated and had fun at the amazing booths and activities DOST has prepared for all.
College student journalists from all over the metro and nearby provinces were present at the writeshop. Students were given kits with sample information about a storm report or an earthquake report to be use when the writeshop begins. The agenda of the Science Journalism seminar was to educate budding writers on the need for science journalists. As many are not aware of such area, speakers have persuaded students to see what the field of scientific journalism entails. Journalists from various fields of media came to the activity to give lectures to the students. Such as Ms. Helen M. Flores of Philippine Star with her lecture about Science Journalism in Print Media. Mr. Timothy James M. Dimacali of GMA News Online was also present at the event, and gave a lecture about Science Journalism in Online Media. After the speakers have spoken, the writeshop opened its doors to an open forum with the students and the speakers. While food was simultaneously served, at 3 pm the Writeshop began. Using the information given earlier, students started to write about their chosen topic. When finished, students are expected to submit their work to the staff.
Some minor seminars were also held at the writeshop while the students were writing. At 6 pm, closing remarks have been said, and Re:CAP said goodbye to the SMX convention, leaving with full minds and hearts for journalism.