October 29, 2020
The Communication Program on October 28, 2020, conducted a webinar entitled “Our Current Affairs: Broadcast Journalism During the Pandemic” with Karen Davila, highlighting the relevance of journalism and combatting fake news. The virtual event was attended by more than 400 senior high school and college students in the country.
This activity forms part of the university’s campaign against disinformation. University President Dr. Luis Maria R. Calingo on his message details the importance of professing the truth as the relevant aspect of the moral fiber of society.
Davila, a respective journalist who acknowledges the significance of journalists as a profession in pursuing the truth was the main topic of her talk. "Journalists are not typists and truth has a side; and the darker times are, we need more passionate young journalists,” she said. The session covered critical information prompted by digital media that affected changes in society. It tackles the qualities of journalists and the effects of fake news.
"Fake news is essentially generated by outlets that masquerade as actual media sites, and they proliferate because we allow them to proliferate," she added. Thus, self-reflection is essential in prevailing fair and legitimate sources.
Davila further shares her personal experiences as the pursuit of journalism is not easy and narrated her responsibilities as a journalist. She further emphasized that the only way to battle fake news is to do it yourself.