Broadcast writing and legal terms seminar for ZPC members PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00

As a continuing education for local press members, Zamboanga Press Club (ZPC) sponsored another lecture seminar, Refresher Seminar on News Writing and Legal Terminologies, at the conference room of the Department of Agriculture last October 18, 2014. The learning event was in coordination with the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) and Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)- Local Chapters.

ABS-CBN Zamboanga News Chief and NUJP Local Vice-Chairman Queenie Casimiro spoke about news writing for broadcast. She gave tips and pointers on how to deliver news without being sensational, balance it over showmanship, and to deliver the truth over assumptions.  She also advised us to think about impact of our news, humanize it to make the public care, understand and use key facts, write the way we talk, refrain from using many words, make it short and precise, are among  other key points she shared.

IBP past president and WMSU Dean of College of Law Atty. Ed Sanson warned us the danger impact of the power of media language if used in the wrong context. Choose words that will not cause dissension.  In our city with a multi-cultural setting, prejudice words can offend others, he said. Media is a powerful medium that can reach many people at one time. It can shape ideas and thoughts of listeners and readers, hence, he advised us to use appropriate words. He also defined clearly and differentiated many important legal and criminal terms for us to use appropriately in reporting news.

Thank you, ZPC, for this educational media activity.

Proverbs 3:7-8. “Don’t be wise in your own eyes. Fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It will be health to your body, and nourishment to your bones.”

By: Dante Corteza