by Mark Manez
VIGAN, ILOCOS SUR - More than 200 student-journalists and advisers from across the country converge as the Philippine Sports Commission kicked off its Communicate Sports – Sports Journalism Seminar for the Youth at the Nueva Segovia Consortium of Cooperatives (NSCC) Hotel, Friday
The two-day seminar, in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) aims to introduce and enhance overall skills both inside and out. This will also culminate with the full, extensive coverage of the upcoming Palarong Pambansa on Sunday.
PSC Commissioner Charles Maxey shared his experience and insight on how the craft of writing Sports stories and how to love them while young. Commissioner Maxey also emphasized during the AM session differences between Grassroots and Elite Sports programs of the agency and how it works in the Philippine setting.
PSC Commissioner Celia Kiram inspired the participants with her own look back as a Journalism practitioner and congratulated them for attending the seminar. She also stressed the importance of sports both as a multiplying factor and how it changes both the people and the community.
She explained how sports can become a factor in eliminating drugs and restoring peace and order.
She also shared Hidilyn Diaz’s experience as a product of Batang Pinoy before taking home weightlifting silver, two years ago in Rio de Janeiro. She also advocated increased participation of women through sports.
The seminar, now on its 3rd leg was launched in Davao to spread different human values and mold participants to become better individuals to the society.
Major topics were also tackled in the said seminar as DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali explained the Palaro’s legal mandate and Deped Multimedia Office chief Geil Blanco discussing the department's social media presence.
Among other highlights of the seminar include DepEd ASec G. H. Ambat welcoming all the participants with Ilocos Region sending more than 100 delegates, both from the elementary and secondary levels.
Day 2 of the seminar will involve topics on Journalism and social Media ethics, application of skills and workshops acquired in day 1. From setting the Palaro coverage and curation of produced content courtesy of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the awarding of certificates to best outputs selected by the resource persons.
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