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MassCom graduate opens workshop for environmental journalism

Esther Micah B. Gillesania | News Writer

A Mass Communication graduate is organizing a three-day environmental writing workshop this Aug. 18 to 20 at the American Studies Resource Center (ASRC), Silliman library.

Students Environmental Writing Initiative or Camp SEWI is a training workshop for 15 college students from Dumaguete on effective environmental news writing and feature stories.

Val Amiel Vestil, BMC 2017 magna cum laude graduate, said, “I wanted to translate this concept of ‘hugot’ to how mother earth’s heart is breaking as a result of our actions. This time, ang kalikasan na ang humuhugot.”

Camp SEWI will serve as a platform for aspiring environmental journalists to learn from local and international environmental reporters, authors, and leaders.

The main goal is to increase the conversation of the environment in community newspapers and social media by raising more environmental journalists.

“There’s no denying the fact the Philippines is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. So we need to engage ourselves in conversation; we need to participate and get involved in ways we are capable of,” he said, “That is my hugot. That is why I created Camp Sewi, primarily as a platform to increase environmental news coverage in community newspapers and other multimedia,” Vestil said.

Deadline for submission of applications is on Aug. 12. Applications can be done online via http://tiny.cc/campsewi.

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