Media expert to journ majors: ‘It takes courage to be a journalist’
Veteran journalist and executive director of Pacific Media Center David Robie advised students to take courage in the field of journalism in a lecture organized by UST Journalism Society on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Albertus Magnus Auditorium.
Veteran journalist and executive director of Pacific Media Center David Robie advised students to take courage in the field of journalism in a lecture organized by UST Journalism Society (JournSoc) on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Albertus Magnus Auditorium.
During the lecture, which is JournSoc’s springboard for a prospective partnership with the Pacific Media Centre, Robie warned about the challenges of being a journalist which include removing the concept of a journalist simply being an observer, and reporting the truth despite the increasing number of deaths that affect the democracy in media.
“We have an illusion of freedom of expression and information. Despite the technology we have now, there is suppression because of the media killings,” Robie said.
“Killings are threat to democracy or to any rule of law. Any threats to the journalists are also threat to the public,” he added.
The veteran journalist also commended the courage of students to enter the field of journalism.
“When it comes to security of journalism students, it is hard to implement that. In order to practice journalism, you should gain an experience going out in the field, covering and interacting with people,” Robie said.
Dr. Crispin Maslog, chairman of Asian Media Information and Communication, also gave a lecture on the condition of media and journalists under the dictatorship of former president Ferdinand Marcos.
(Photo by Vince Angelo Ferreras)