Fellowships open for the 18th Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop on Reporting Corruption in October

The University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication (UP CMC) will hold the 8th Graciano Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop from October 3 to 8 at the UP College of Mass Communication, Diliman, Quezon City.

Fellowship slots are available for this workshop. Applications are open to full-time print, broadcast and online journalists, as well as selected journalism educators and students.

This year’s workshop theme is “Huwag Kumorap: Investigating Corruption in Media and Government.”

Resource persons from the academe, government and non-government organizations will speak on issues like investigative reporting, corruption-related laws, ethics and freedom of information.

Since its first workshop in 1985, the Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop has trained hundreds of community journalists. Among the past fellows are Cong Corrales, Raymund Villanueva, Dino Balabo, Froilan Gallardo, Frank Cimatu, Ilang-ilang Quijano, Jo Clemente, Diosa Labiste, Danny Calleja, Flor Abanto and Maurice Malanes.

Applicants should be currently engaged in the journalism profession with at least two years’ working experience. They should also be below 45 years old. They must submit an application letter; resume; two published/broadcast news reports; a story plan for an investigative report on corruption in media or government; and an endorsement from their editor, local press club president or a Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop alumnus.

Limited slots may be given to senior journalism students. Student applicants are required to submit an application letter, resume, sample works and an endorsement from their professor, department chair or dean.

The fellowship will cover board and lodging. Participants will be billeted inside the UP Diliman campus.

Interested journalists, journalism educators and students may send their application papers to The Project Director, 18th Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop on Reporting Corruption, College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

The deadline for applications is on August 1.

For more details, please call the Office of Extension and External Relations (OEER) at 920-6864 or 981-8500 local 2668 or email at lopezjaenaworkshop@gmail.com.#

FAQs: Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career 2014



What are the details of the workshop?

What: Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career

When: July 19, 2014 (Saturday), 11AM to 5PM

Where: The Forum, 4th floor, Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

How will this workshop benefit me if I am –

An aspiring writer who has not yet been published

“Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career” (JYFWC) has very practical tips on how to get published, finding stories, and living a sustainable life as a creative entrepreneur. It also aims to dispel the myths—and highlight the realities of freelance writing and help the participant start out with the proper mind frame needed to start a career as a writer.

Already working as a freelance or full-time writer

JYFWC is all about creating a career as a writer. If you are already working as a freelance or full-time writer, this workshop can help you learn about the other different writing opportunities that are available, to help diversify your income.

You will also learn how to market and brand yourself as a writer.

Who can join the workshop?

You don’t have to be a published writer to join the workshop. As long as you have an interest in pursuing writing as a career—and are 18 years old or above—you can sign up for the event.

What does the P1,800 fee cover?

The P1,800 per head simply covers the course fee. Kindly note that expenses for food and drinks are for the account of the participants. 

What is the course outline?

The founders of Writer’s Block Philippines will discuss the following topics:

I. Why freelance?

Why should you freelance? It is about having more free time or just doing what you want? While both may be true, we will look at the pros and cons and the myths and realities of freelance writing as a career.

II. Opportunities

Freelancing is and can be a viable and sustainable career. We will look at the various writing opportunities, how to capitalize on them and maximize them as diversified earning potentials.

III. Marketing Yourself

Your byline is your brand. Just like any brand you need to market yourself, create your portfolio, and create a positive image for yourself as a writer.

IV. Practical Side of the Business

We will discuss the practical side of becoming a creative entrepreneur and how to achieve a sustainable lifestyle as a freelance writer.

V. Getting Published

How do you start a freelance writing career? How do you get published? First, you have to know how to write a pitch. A pitch to a writer is what an audition is to an actor—it’s a potential job that can lead to other potential jobs. Our pitching session—which has nothing to do with baseball—will clue you in on what editors are looking for and how to pique their interest.

VI. Writing Exercise and Critique

Participants would be given sufficient time to write a pitch and get critiqued.

How can I reserve a slot and settle the workshop fee?

To reserve a slot, enter your name and contact information in our form and then pay for the workshop fee via bank deposit. Details as follows.

Bank: BPI

Account name: Writer’s Block Training Services

Account number: Savings account 1759 0377 11

Once you’ve made the deposit, please email us a copy of the deposit slip so we can send you an Acknowledgment Receipt. Please note that fee is non-refundable.

Who is conducting the workshop?

The workshop will be conducted by Writer’s Block Philippines, a duo of editors and communicators who have collectively had more than 20 years of experience in freelance lifestyle and corporate writing.

Ana P. Santos: reproductive health rights and women’s issues

Ana has had over 12 years experience in advertising and marketing communications. Her last position was Assistant Vice President of a financial institution.

As an independent journalist and foreign correspondent covering sexual health rights and women in armed conflict, Ana has received media grants from Newsbreak, Probe Media Foundation and the Philippine Press Institute to cover population and development issues. In 2014, she was named the Persephone Miel Fellow by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

She is also the Associate Editor of Illustrado, a Dubai-based lifestyle magazine for Filipinos.

Nikka Sarthou-Lainez: lifestyle / travel

Nikka has over 10 years of experience in writing for various online and print publications, as well as developing content for corporate clients. Her last corporate post was Associate Lifestyle Editor at a major publishing company.

Currently, Nikka is a full-time freelance writer handling independent projects and corporate accounts. She is a Contributing Editor in Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific Air.

Writer’s Block Philippines is also pleased to announce that Candice Lopez-Quimpo, one of our Scribes and Scribblers, will be our guest speaker at this workshop. Candice is an editor and writer and will share her insights about collaborating with editors and what it is that they look for when commissioning a freelance writer.

What do I need to bring to the workshop?

We’re encouraging everyone to take notes so please bring whatever writing materials you’ll need. Laptops are not recommended though as power outlets will be limited. As a provision, you may also want to bring a sweater or light jacket.

Who do I contact for more information about the workshop?

You can call us through this number (0917) 397.9927 or email writersblock.ph@gmail.com. You can also check the www.writersblockphilippines.com.