While the editorial is the brain of the publication, the editorial cartoon is the heart of it and should be treated seriously, said the illustrator of Today’s Carolinian (TC) during an editorial cartooning workshop with Silliman campus journalists last Jan. 14 at Silliman University.
TC is the official student publication of University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu.
The lecturer, Zachary Borromeo, stressed that editorial cartoons are a powerful and effective way of conveying ideas and opinions, because they can be easily understood.
“While the editorial is like the brain of the newspaper, the editorial cartoon is actually the heart of the publication, that’s why it’s actually very relevant,” he said.
Moreover, Borromeo said ethics in journalism should still be the guiding principle of a cartoonist as a “disciple of art and journalism.”
“You are not allowed to incite extreme violence or demonic themes. [This is] not appropriate, even though we experience a certain degree of freedom of expression,” he said.
The lecture was attended by the Weekly Sillimanian (tWS) and some Stones and Pebbles staff.
Meanwhile, Maria Flordeline Sonjaco, adviser of Stones and Pebbles of SU Elementary School paper, said that they aim to continuously train publication staff.
Borromeo is the Associate Editor for External Affairs of TC. He was a contributor for Paradox, the first and only editorial cartooning book in the country that features a compilation of editorial cartoons. He is also the creative
head of Assortedge, a media organization specializing in contextual reporting and explanatory journalism. Currently, he is a graduating Applied Physics major at USC.