Encounter with the Poor and Marginalized Caps Citizen Journalism Training

April 25th 2016

T hey came from different Church organizations, NGOs, schools and people’s organizations — almost 60 of them. Some hailed from India, Pakistan, Myanmar.

They came to Manila for “OurNews,” a seminar-workshop on empowering people through citizen journalism. Training was held at the Communication Foundation for Asia April 4-8.

After going through the basics of news and feature writing, ethics of journalism, and photo and video journalism, the participants were sent to the field on “immersion” trips. They interviewed, took pictures of, and reported on those that citizen journalism intends to serve — the poor and the marginalized.

Some participants visited a village of indigenous Ambalay Aetas. Some went to a site off Manila Bay where a planned massive reclamation threatens the ecological balance. Some spent a day with a group fighting violence against women. Some joined an urban poor community. Still others observed how persons with disabilities are learning to lead productive lives.

One participant said the immersion “gave us a first-hand experience of data gathering.” Another said the whole course “opened my eyes to advocating and being the voice of the voiceless.”

“Our News” was made possible by a grant from the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) based in Canada.

Here are some videos (all produced by the participants) that you might want to watch: