(Don Bosco Technological Institute, Port Moresby) – The Social Communication Commission (SOCOM) conducted the 2nd Media Education Seminar with a total of 50 participants. The session dealt with writing articles and capturing pictures with an inspirational message.
Don Bosco Technological Institute and Don Bosco Technical School student representatives joined 5 other Catholic institutions – De La Salle Secondary School, Marianville Secondary School, St Charles Lwanga Secondary School, La Salle Technical College and Limana Vocational Centre for the program. Held on 8 May 2021, at the Catholic Bishops Conference (CBC), the seminar had sessions that focused on the theme ‘Hope amidst COVID-19.’
The first session began with the Anatomy of a Newspaper with an introduction to Writing News Articles by SOCOM junior officer, Ms. Jessica Oata. Her session was aimed at educating the students on the different parts of a newspaper that play a vital role and why news is important.
Ms. Abigail Seta, SOCOM officer, focused on the 5W’s and 1H, the basic elements needed in news writing and on the inverted pyramid in the second session. Following the session, the students were given the opportunity to write and present their articles.
According to Fr. Ambrose Pereira sdb, SOCOM Secretary, there is the need to share the positive stories that occur every day.
“The sensational news makes headlines, and is often highlighting violence, destruction and death. We need to share the positive stories as we encounter people and that bring about a change of mentality in the minds of people. Our Catholic faith must find its place in our media landscape”
– Fr. Ambrose Pereira sdb
The third session then dwelt on photography where Fr Ambrose focused on capturing images that told a story of issues in the country and that also inspired a message of hope. The session also was based on camera basics, camera controls and lighting and composition.
Apart from the three sessions, the seminar was animated with prayer moments, games, dances, song, short activities, quizzes, and presentations. “I liked the activities that we did and it was wonderful to work with different people learning new things at the seminar”, said Abigail Uia Kaisi, Marianville Secondary School, Bomana.
The student representatives were from 7 catholic institutions which consisted of DBTI, De La Salle Secondary School, Marianville Secondary School, Don Bosco Technical School, St Charles Lwanga Secondary School, La Salle Technical College and Limana Vocational Centre.
Source: Bosco Australasia Link