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Media studes urged to play role in nat’l polls

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photo by JANINE C. PEREA

COMMUNICATION STUDENTS from different universities were urged to go beyond casting their votes in the upcoming national elections and engage in the electoral process through different forms of media.

DZRH Manila station manager Atty. Rudolph Jularbal said in this year’s Podcast Convention (Pod Con) that it is important for the youth, who make up a significant population in the electorate, to get involved in the elections because the results will have a huge impact on them.

Tataya dapat kayo, gagawa kayo dapat ng karapat-dapat na plano, and that is you should get involved…not only in casting your votes,” he said.

Jularbal added that the youth can play a more independent role in social media compared to traditional media. “You don’t need traditional media platforms to be involved in this election because social media is very, very powerful.”

Students Alfonso Bassig and Edrian Clemente, who both hold a position in their respective university radio stations, also encouraged their fellow media students to use radio as an avenue to share real life stories and inspire others not only in the elections but in their daily life.

Pod Con is an advocacy project for responsible radio broadcasting and podcasting. With the theme “Unsetting the Agenda: Media Responsibility Amidst Elections,” this year’s PodCon aimed to know the relevance of media, especially radio, in the coming national elections.

Participant-schools in the Pod Con 2016 were Adamson University, Ateneo de Naga University, Assumption College, De La Salle University, Bulacan State University, University of Perpetual Help System, Philippine Women’s University, Miriam College, and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. F CHRISTIAN DE LANO M. DEIPARINE and MIKKAH F. FACTOR

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