August 22, 2019
The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) through the Communication Program and Communicators’ League, the official student organization of the communication students, organized the Role of Digital Media in Disinformation Forum last August 19, 2019 at the Peter G. Nepomuceno (PGN) Auditorium from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. The forum sought to open students’ perspective on the susceptibility of online users to fake news and to educate them on the necessary measures needed to fight against it as future media practitioners.
The forum featured Ms. Pia Ranada who was a Carlo Palanca awardee and known for her coverage of the 2016 national elections for the online news site, Rappler.
The two-hour long talk focused on the role of social media in the 2016 election, the good and the bad of digital media and Rappler’s #NoPlaceForHate and Stop Fake News campaign.
In an age of technological advancement, Ranada reiterates the advantages of having digital media and the internet available. This readiness allows access to information, interaction among consumers and producers of information, new ways to find and tell stories and to amplify the truth.
A tip off from the Rappler journalist in checking fake news is to always verify the source. She also touched on the state of journalism in the Philippines, a country making international headlines in the fight for press freedom. Ranada finished her talk by aspiring future media practitioners to empower people and inspire courage.
Dr. Janette R. Rodriguez, SAS Dean, synthesized the discussion by stating that citizens should practice fearlessness by pursuing what is true and right because it is one task to seek the truth and another to promote it.
The forum was conducted as part of the I Am Real: Fighting Against Fake News advocacy campaign of the Communication Program. It was attended by communication students from HAU, Systems Plus College Foundation, Angeles University Foundation, Pampanga State Agricultural University, student journalists from the university and the Angeles City Science High School.