by Micah Althea Gemeniano | News Writing
Camp SEWI (Student’s Environmental Writing Initiative): Ang Pangalawang Hugot welcomed another set of environmental journalists as the organization’s pioneering members talked about how environmental news stories need to be maximized to address natural concerns at the American Studies Resource Center, Silliman University Library, July 30.
The first run of Camp SEWI formed the Association of Young Environmentalist Journalists (AYEJ). It was officially recognized as an organization on September 2017. Former Camp SEWI leader Rhyn Anthony Nique Esolana tackled Climate Crisis, Tiara Jaya Jabutay discussed Environmental Leadership and Stewardship, Aprille Roselle Vince Juanillo gave an overview of Environmental Journalism, and Javan Lev Poblador shared Camp SEWI’s history and AYEJ’s goals.
In Poblador’s introduction of the organization, he emphasized that there is a lack in environmental stories, hence they are here to speak for the environment and be its voice. “In order to have more environmental stories, we need more environmental journalists,” he said.
This was reinforced by Jabutay who expressed that environmental conversations should be heightened because it was about time to talk about the “things that matter.”
She also introduced the environmental projects already implemented by Sillimanian Alumni. These projects are Straw Wars Philippines by Nikko Calledo, Take it Topless, by Nathalie Angeles and Micah Jude Sinco and Butts of the Beach by Esolana.
Moreover, Juanillo gave the participants a glimpse of Environmental Journalism and the organization’s new offerings such as Investigatory and Multimedia Journalism.
AYEJ is the first student environmental journalists’ organization in Negros Oriental. It focuses on partnerships with schools and other organizations to hold a diverse number of activities such as training workshops, radio programs, and other environmental journalism capacity-building activities.
The half-day event was not only limited to journalists, but was open to writers, photographers, artists, and anyone who wanted to be an “instrument of change in the community.”