Artlets seniors, The Flame among finalists in nat’l journalism research conference

Art by Cali Asajar/ THE FLAME

NINE ENTRIES from Artlets students have emerged as finalists in the 2024 Philippine Journalism Research Conference (PJRC), an annual event that recognizes exemplary journalistic outputs from schools across the country. 

The qualified entries, including one by The Flame, were shortlisted in four out of five categories, PJRC announced in a Facebook post on Wednesday, June 5. 

Six theses from UST journalism seniors qualified to win the award for the journalism research category. 

Among those that were chosen for the category were “Questions on the Questions: A Thematic Analysis on the Questions of Journalists during Interviews with President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.” by Aaron Bartilad, Jan Paolo Espolong, Joseph Ryan Moscoso and Jabez Portilla; “Can journalists distinguish between human- and ChatGPT-written news? A mixed-method study” by John Ezekiel Hirro and Ariene Cherise Malonzo; and “To AI-dit or Not to AI-dit?: Photojournalists’ views of AI on Visual Ethics” by Madeleen Saguid, Ethan Christensen Cardaño and Aubrey Shane Lim. 

All the three groups are thesis advisees of UST journalism instructor and The Flame adviser Alexis Romero.

Other studies that made it to the finals were “How auto-piloting affects the ‘pseudo-events’ coverage of Philippine education reporter” by Alexander Cardenas and Bless Aubrey Ogerio, whose adviser is journalism instructor Paterno Esmaquel II; “#FYP: Exploring the Emerging News Values on Tiktok” by Ann Jenireene Gomez, Kimberly Ann Ojeda, Ma. Pamela Pascual and Katherin Recio; and “Virtue signaling among Filipino journalists on X during the 2022 Philippine election” by Maureen Kerl Curitana, Charles Figueroa, Arielle Chelsea Garcia and Miguel Raphael Peconcillo, both supervised by journalism Assoc. Prof. Jeremaiah Opiniano.

Journalism senior Rainiel Angelyn Figueroa’s entry, “INAbel: The mothers of Ilocos weaving,” made it as one of the 11 finalists for the photo essay category. 

Cited as one of the 13 qualifiers under the investigative journalism category was “911 on hold: Lack of resources hampers central emergency hotline’s effective response,” by fourth-year journalism students Eduelle Jan Macababbad, Jia Bote, Ogerio, Saguid and Kristine Joy Diane Sarmiento.

Pro Deo et Patriae: Ang Simbahan sa Panahon ng Batas Militar,” a documentary by The Flame that tackled how the Church resisted the Marcos dictatorship, was selected as a finalist in the news documentary category. 

The presentation of entries and announcement of winners, along with a lecture on AI, will be on Friday, June 7, at the University of the Philippines (UP) Film Studio in Quezon City. A total of 85 entries out of 227 submitted outputs from various universities nationwide have been shortlisted for different awards. 

The 10th conference will tackle AI with the theme, “The Future of Philippine Journalism: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities.”

Launched in 2013, PJRC is an annual event that seeks to recognize student excellence in academic research, investigative journalism, special projects and photojournalism. This year’s conference is hosted by UP, UST and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.  F – Carlo Jose Ruga 

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