SINGAPORE — Transcending distance in search for a much higher echelon of learning and discovery, top executives of the University of Northeastern Philippines’ (UNEP) went all the way to the Lion City to have a chance to listen to international experts talked about various fields of journalism.
This after attending a three-day communications confab dubbed as the 5th ICCS Convention on Media Communications held at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore from Feb. 14-16. Communication students, department deans, media practitioner and school administrators were among the invited participants in the international forum.
UNEP Executive Vice President and currently VP for Finance DeliAlfelor-Tibi saw the occasion as an effective venue to help communication students understand the diverse challenges in different journalism fields.
“With change as the only permanent thing in this world, I think it is just proper that we equip ourselves with beneficial learning and experiences that will make us an effective media practitioner in the future, given the challenging work that this profession entails” Tibi said in an interview.
Together with Tibi in Singapore were Melody Ordonez, UNEP media relations director and Celeste Belgado, UNEP administrative officer. PIA Camarines Sur provincial head Lizel S. Macatangay was among the fortunate delegates invited to partake with the lectures coming from distinguished media personalities.
Among the celebrated conference speakers was Rico Hizon. Dubbed as the Philippine pride, Hizon is the only Filipino news anchor of BBC World. He is a presenter of the daily business and finance programs Asia Business Report and Asia Today, which are being aired live at Singapore during weekdays.
Hizon shared his thoughts on news anchoring, both in the international and Philippine context.
Other presenters include: Jenny Paris, managing director for corporate news coverage in the Asia Pacific for Dow Jones News wires and has been with the Dow Jones for the past 13 years; Prof. Andrew Duffy, who talked about online journalism; and Raju Gopalakrishnan, who shared his experience on Reuters and international Journalism practice.
Ivan Tan, producer of the Discovery Channel also imparted his experiences in documentary making while Dr. Margaret Tan also gave her lecture on E-government and the Digital Societies. Tan is an associate professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information as well as the deputy director at the Singapore Internet Research Center at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. -Lizel S. Macatangay