OFFICIALS, personnel and students of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) will now enjoy a more “global,” wholistic picture of current achievements and events in its various colleges and other units with the recent training and mobilization of their individual “press coordinators.”
The press coordinators are tasked to write news and feature stories about significant events and accomplishments occuring in their colleges to enhance the flow of information and communication within the institution and with residents in the region, Public Affairs Office (PAO) Director Prof. Ali T. Yacub said.
The initial batche of press coordinators attended a two-day seminar-workshop last May 25-26 in the conference room of Abitona Hall to polish their skills in news and features writing and learn the basics of news photography. The training prepared them to assume their new function as the official information officer of their units, Prof. Yacub told them during the seminar.
President Dr. Eldigario D. Gonzales informed the press coordinators that he launched the project because he saw “the need for a wider participation of all units in the affairs of the university” by enhancing the free flow of information within the institution.
“The university is a family and as in any family, each member should have a voice,” he said as he exhorted them to take up the challenge of their new task.
Their story outputs will be published in the University Bulletin, university website, local and national newspapers as well as posted in the information boards of their colleges, Prof. Yacub said.
The project envisions to help the thousands of university personnel, students and their parents to better respond to or get involved in evolving events, decisions and other developments in the university through the provision of timely, appropriate and accurate information disseminated through the special and mass communication media in the university and the public, Dr. Gonzales said.
The reports could include researches, new programs or course offerings, outstanding achievements, policy decisions, special projects and many other notable developments.
REDCA Vice-President Clemencio Bascar and Administration Vice-President Ricardo Adjawie also gave talks to the coordinators during the seminar.
The resource persons included Felino Santos, editor-in-chief of Zamboanga Journal, who talked newswriting; Ateneo de Zamboanga University Mass Communications instructor Jessica Pabellon on feature writing; and Therence Kho, Agence France Press on news photography. (Rey-Luis Banagudos, PAO, WMSU)