In partnership with Graduate School MA Journalism Program, the UST Journalism Society, and the UST Research Center for Culture, Education and Social Issues – Research Group on Communications, the Faculty of Arts and Letters Department of Communication and Media Studies held the Asia-Pacific Journalism by Filipinos: Lectures by Seasoned Asian Journalists and Journalism Educators last September 19, 2016 at the Albertus Magnus Auditorium.
The speakers for this event were Asian Media Information and Communications Center Chair and UST alumnus Dr. Crispin Maslog, whose lecture was entitled Martial Law and Philippine Journalism for Millenial Journalists; and Auckland University of Technology Director of Asia-Pacific Media Centre Dr. David Robie, whose lecture was entitled “Asia Pacific Report: A Campus-based Digital Journalism Strategy.”
Highlighting the status of the country during Ferdinand Marcos’ term, Masilog backed his points using statistics from the lens of Economics. He also presented the breakdown of the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses and how it was distributed to the cronies. He recalled his experience as a news writer durig the Martial Law period, during which time the masses were completely deprived of the information due to the suppression of media which was tantamount to being oblivious to what was happening around them. Encouraging the students to know more about the role of the Marcoses, Dr. Maslog cited books such as Primitivo Mijares’ Conjugal Dictatorship, Sterling Seagrave’s The Marcos Dynasty, and lastly, Ricardo Manapat’s Some are Smarter than Others: The History of the Marcoses as required readings.
Dr. Robie discussed the scope in the online newsroom of Asia-Pacific Report. He presented sample articles from contributors from students, faculties, and also from the mainstream media. Lastly, he gave an overview on how they cover events especially in Papua New Guinea and in Fiji.