2 Davao Journalists, 4 Others Off to Sydney for Seminar on ‘Conflict-Resolution Media’

Jan. 08, 2007

DAVAO CITY — A team of six Mindanao journalists, two of them from this city, is set to leave for Sydney, Australia, today for a short course on “Conflict-Resolving Media” at the University of Sydney Center for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Comprising the media delegation are Amalia Cabusao, Mindanao Times editor-in-chief; Temujin Ocampo, GMA-Davao TV news anchor; Julie Alipala, Jeoffrey Maitem, of Philippine Daily Inquirer; Edwin Fernandez, DXMS Cotabato station manager; and Allen Estabillo, MindaNews, a leading online news organization in Mindanao.

Also joining the team is Romeo Montenegro, head of Communications and Media Affairs of the Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCo), representing the government media and the Mindanao Communicators Network (MINDACOMNET).

Organized by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), though the Philippine Australia Human Resources Development Program (PAHRDF), the short course on Conflict-Resolving Media seeks to engage the journalist-participants in examining the influence of media in attempting to prevent or moderate violence in such areas as Mindanao.

The program, which runs from January 11-17, will also introduce creative ways for journalists, media development workers and media activists to apply principles of conflict resolution.

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