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PCIJ to conduct Basic Investigative Reporting Seminar for Mindanao journalists

DAVAO CITY, May 31 — The Philippine Center for Investigation Journalism (PCIJ) is set to conduct the Basic Investigative Reporting Seminar on July 22-25, 2013 for tri-media members based in various cities and provinces in Mindanao.

PCIJ training director Che delos Reyes said the seminar aimed to enhance the participants’ investigative reporting skills and practice, and offer a framework for analyzing media killings and safety issues in the context of governance, the culture of impunity, and the presence of political clans and private armed groups in many parts of the country.

Delos Reyes also said the activity seeks to highlight the role of the police and human rights organizations as vital sources of journalists.

The seminar will feature lecture-discussions and workshops to identify potential risks and practical safety tips when covering dangerous assignments.

A Story Development Workshop will give participants an opportunity to pitch story proposals that the PCIJ may consider for fellowship grants and editorial supervision.

Experts from the academe, national media organizations, the police, human rights agencies and organizations, and data repository agencies will lead the discussions.

Delos Reyes said that the seminar is open to mid-career and senior Filipino journalists, citizen media, and bloggers, researchers, anchors, producers, editors, news managers, freelance reporters, contributors, and stringers of print, TV, radio, and online media may apply.

Citizen media and bloggers covering public policy issues are also eligible.

Successful applicants will be notified within 10 working days after deadline of submission of application on June 10.

The seminar graduates will be accorded priority slots in the subsequent Advanced Investigative Reporting Seminars that PCIJ will conduct in 2014. (PNA)

PDS/ASA/LDP

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