The 15th Teodoro “Teddy” Benigno Jr. Lecture on Journalism

The Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) presents its 15 annual Teodoro Benigno Jr. Lecture on October 15 via Zoom and Facebook Live.

The first speaker is Rosem Morton, a Filipina photographer and nurse based in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a National Geographic Explorer, an International Women’s Media Foundation Fellow and a We, Women Photo Artist. Her storytelling focuses on everyday life amidst gender, health, and racial adversity. Her work has been recognized by the Pictures of the Year International, the World Press Photo 6×6 Global Talent and Visa pour I’image.

Morton will be followed by a talk by Christian Esguerra, host of ABS-CBN News Channel’s “After the Fact and his own podcast, “Facts First.” Esguerra has become known for his incisive, no-nonsense, and no holds barred interviews. received the Award of Distinction from the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) and the Titus Brandsma Award for Emergent Leadership in Journalism in 2019, and was named Marshall McLuhan Fellow in 2020
. Esguerra is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Journalism Studies Association of the Philippines or JSAP, Inc.


Webinar: Saan galing ang local news mo?

The Journalism Studies Association of the Philippines (JSAP) in partnership with the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) will be holding a webinar on the results of the 2021 Digital News Report pertaining to local news, with Assoc. Prof. Yvonne Chua of the University of the Philippines Diliman as resource speaker, on July 16, 10:00 AM via Zoom. The webinar is supported by Hanns Seidel Foundation in cooperation with Internews.

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ATTN: JSAP members

As the country prepares for its mass vaccination program against the COVID-19, it also braces for infodemic, disinformation and misinformation. Because of this, the UP Fact-Checking Lab is inviting Journalism and Communication students and teachers to participate in a virtual fact-checking bootcamp titled, “Bakuna o Baka Nga: COVID-19 Vaccination and Fact-Checking Boot camp” on March 19 and 26 from 9 am to 12 noon.

Link to registration form:…/1FAIpQLSdzDeDdg23…/viewform…
(For JSAP Members, please write JSAP after your name in the registration form ,e.g. Juan de la Cruz, JSAP)

On day 1, March 19, vaccine experts, journalists and fact-checkers are to speak about the misconceptions and disinformation on the vaccine program. Participants will be requested to form groups of four to five and choose a topic, issue or information to fact check. The presentation of output will be held on day 2, March 26.

Everyone is invited to the UPCWGS Research Dissemination Forum on Oct. 30, 2020 Friday from 1:30PM to 4PM via Zoom. Featuring the research projects of our 2019 Research Grantees, this event is part of our series “Site of Convergence: Weaving Tapestries of Knowledge”.

Register here:

Read the presentation abstracts of some of our speakers here:

The featured research projects are:

A Comparative Analysis of the Origins of the Feminist Movement in the Philippines and Thailand
by Mary Dorothy DL. Jose and Ma. Rita Lourdes A. Alfaro

Guns and Bruises: Hypermasculinity and Police’ Involvement in Gender-Based Violence
by Lucia P. Tangi

Defying Gravity and Conventions: An Exploratory Study on the Demographic and Motivation Profiles of Pole Dance Enthusiasts in Metro Manila, Philippines (and Their Stereotyped Social Perception vs. Self-Concept)
by Adrienne Sheryl Rose L. Maguddayao and Maria Angelica D. Abad

Health and Well-being of Maturing Tomboys in Mountain Province
by Jennifer Curry Josef

Filipina Social Media Influencers and Young Women’s Meaning-making: Everyday Womanhood and Citizenship
by Cleve V. Arguelles and Veronica L. Gregorio

Registration will end at 6pm the day before the event. Zoom links will be sent on or before the day before the event. See Less

UP Makes Educational Materials Accessible to the Public

Quezon City, Aug. 28, 2020

Students and teachers alike can expect more publicly accessible educational materials on the internet with the help from the University of the Philippines (UP). UP is offering to the public its online learning resources amid the COVID-19 pandemic which has forced educational institutions in the country to adopt a remote learning setup in the upcoming school year.

“UP makes it a point to open up its repository of knowledge and expertise to all sectors and members of the general public, and make its resources available to all who seek to learn, to do research and to sincerely serve the country and its people,” according to University officials. Educational materials such as publications, radio episodes, podcasts, recordings of online lectures, courses, academic events, and university functions, and other open educational resources are all offered by UP to educators, learners, and the general public, free of charge. Produced and curated by the UP Open University, UP Diliman College of Education, TVUP, and DZUP, these resources aim to better equip educators in distance or blended learning arrangements. Since March, UP has also been assisting the country in the fight against the ongoing public health crisis by providing the public access to information regarding COVID-19 symptoms, diagnoses, case numbers, policy guides, and other resources.

University officials emphasized that UP “is even more cognizant of its role in educating our people, in letting science lead the way out of this public health crisis, and in informing policy- and decision-making at all levels with the best knowledge and expertise we can offer.”

UP is set to open academic year 2020-2021 this September.For UP’s full list of online educational materials:

For DZUP’s episode archive:


July 26, 2020

Journalism education has got to go heavily visual if teachers want to keep up with industry trends and their students’ attention.

In a recent webinar on the new trends and direction for journalism education, powerhouse speakers Kara David-Cancio of GMA 7, Roby Alampay of One News and Puma Public Productions and Jimmy Domingo of Photojournalists Center of the Philippines spoke about the challenges that educators must confront during this time of pandemic.

Kara David-Cancio described today’s students as belonging to the generation of “screenagers” with an attention span of 8-15 seconds. They are “digital natives” who hunger for new things yet get easily bored.

She said students are also quite adept at multi-tasking, and educators therefore have to compete with mobile phones and social media as they conduct classes in the new digital classroom…at home.

Roby Alampay talked about the “end of the traditional way of presenting news”, stating that “appointment tv is over” and “feeds and video are all on demand”.

But the importance of journalism ethics cannot be emphasized enough, stressed Photojournalist Jimmy Domingo as he explained the need to take more photos with social impact.

All three lectures had a common message – video, sound, and photographs are very important tools for educators teaching journalism today.

Day 2 of the webinar featured Karol Ilagan of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism who gave tips on how to teach this difficult field.

Educators Profs. Jairo Bolledo of Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Felipe Salvosa II of University of Sto. Tomas and Dor Montero of De La Salle University conducted online demo teaching on News Gathering, Lead Writing and Feature Writing, respectively.

Thousands of journalism educators from Metro Manila and the provinces attended the webinar titled “New Normal in Journalism Education” last week. Hundreds sent messages of appreciation and articulated the need for more of such webinars.

To watch the various lectures, click on the links in the WEBINARS section.

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New Normal in Journalism Education

July 23 & 24, 2020 at 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM via Zoom

July 11, 2020


The Journalism Studies Association of the Philippines (JSAP) denounces the actions of the Congressional Committee on Legislative Franchises which denied the franchise renewal of the most capable media organization in the country. JSAP asks the Filipino people to be vigilant and to guard our individual and collective rights and freedoms.

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and his colleagues accused ABS-CBN of being politically biased and described the network as “perpetuating an oligarchic state” in the Philippines. They must be describing themselves as they are definitely politically biased and they perpetuate the oligarchic state in the country. They themselves are oligarchs who ensure their continued control over the people by crafting laws that would preserve their privileges and perpetuate political dynasties.

The congressmen blame ABS CBN for airing news that is critical of the government. But that is precisely the job of the Press or the Media – to be critical of the ruling regime, to be the watchdog – and not the lapdog – of the current administration.

Instead of focusing on finding legal violations, the congressional gang zeroed in on supposed biases in the news reporting of the network. How the news is being covered is not within the scope of the Congressional hearing. The committee should have centered their discussions on the capacity of the company to operate a radio-TV franchise.

As the great Thomas Jefferson, wrote: “No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is not free, no one ever will.” The Press or the media, and their journalists, should act not only as watchdogs and critics but also as activists, advocates as well as educators and reporters. Without an independent Press and with the new Anti-Terror law, we risk losing our basic freedoms. Let us be reminded again by Thomas Jefferson that “our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” We, the Filipino people, must defend and safeguard our right to information and our hard-won Constitutionally-protected freedoms during this critical time.

Covid19 & Fact Checking Bootcamp

June 24 & 26, 2020 at 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

More than 100 students from various universities participated in the online COVID 19 and FACT-CHECKING BOOTCAMP organized by UP Diliman Journalism Department last June 24 and 26, 2020.

Among the powerhouse speakers were ABS CBN reporter Zen Hernandez, GMA7 broadcast journalist Atom Araullo, Philippine Star senior , reporter Janvic Mateo, Freelance photojournalist and Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines Vice-Chair Jimmy Domingo, LYF CEO Rupert Ambil, and LYF President Voltaire Hernandez.

The participating schools included City of Malabon University, UP Baguio, DMMMSU, DHVSU, PHS, University of Sto. Tomas, Bataan Peninsula State University, Holy Cross College Pampanga, Biliran Province State University, Quezon City Sciene High School, and University of the Assumption.

JSAP Night

Friday, March 6, 2020 at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Some 25 journalism educators and practitioners gathered for a night of dialogue and an exchange of ideas during the soft launch of the new organization JOURNALISM STUDIES ASSOCIATION OF THE PHILIPPINES (JSAP) last March 6, 2020 at the UP College of Mass Communication.

The educators came from various schools among them UP Diliman, University of Sto. Tomas (UST), Polytechnic University of the Philippines,   Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Citiy of Malabon University, Holy Cross College and  Biliran Province State University.

The JSAP is a professional organization of Journalism educators and Student Publication Advisers in public and private institutions.

It aims to promote Journalism studies and research as well as advocate for issues affecting the Journalism industry, including press freedom and media independence.

The establishment of a network of Journalism academics will hopefully improve the environment for a free press. JSAP was established with support from Internews and USAID.

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“Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy.”

Walter Cronkite