Aboitiz, EJAP train Manila journ students & advisers vs. 'fake news'



A total of 73 Manila campus journalists and their teachers from 58 schools gained valuable knowledge in spotting and stopping “fake news” during a seminar workshop conducted by the Aboitiz Foundation in partnership with the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines (EJAP), Inc. and Department of Education – Division of Manila (DepEd Manila).

Held last August 11 at Legarda Elementary School in Sampaloc, Manila, the event featured resource speakers Prinz Magtulis (Financial Times), Jerome Morales (Reuters), and Ruelle Castro (Malaya Business Insight).

“I would like to thank Aboitiz and EJAP for giving us this seminar. We all know the proliferation of fake news in social media is very rampant--it will really help our journalism students and teachers if they are well-equipped on how to spot and stop fake news,” said Ayla B. Urrea, DepEd Manila Supervisor-in-Charge, Elementary & Secondary Journalism.

Magtulis defined “fake news,” discussed the importance of press freedom, and revisited journalism ethics, while Morales elaborated on the news process and where “fake news” can occur. Castro, meanwhile, talked about critical thinking as a tool against disinformation, sharing practical tips on how to spot and stop fake news.

“We are proud to support the best journalism students and teachers of the city of Manila, our country’s future journalists, through this seminar and workshop. With the learnings imparted by the speakers from EJAP, we hope to co-create a community that is safe and empowered through responsible and accurate reporting,” said Maribeth L. Marasigan, Aboitiz Foundation First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.