6 Bukidnon journalism youth fellows named 

Five of the six fellows attend the First Training session on Reporting Poverty and Cultural Sensitivity on June 29, 2019 at the Bukidnon Studies Center in Bukidnon State University, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, Philippines BukidnonNews.Net photo

MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net) BukidnonNews.Net announced the acceptance of the pioneering group of six aspiring journalists for its Community Journalism Youth Fellowship.

The batch is composed of Development Communication and English Language students from Bukidnon State University and Central Mindanao University.

The fellowship, organized to introduce aspiring writers to community journalism, is organized with support from the Mindanao Institute of Journalism (MindaNews), the Philippine Press Institute and other community supporters in partnership with the Bukidnon Studies Center of Bukidnon State University.

The maiden run of the fellowship carries the theme:  Reporting Poverty/Quality of Life in Bukidnon: Prospects and Challenges.

The fellows will attend a series of training on community journalism, including a Round Table Discussion on Addressing Poverty: Prospects and Challenges in Bukidnon on July 12, which is hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences – Social Sciences Department of BukSU (see related story). The fellows will also undergo mentoring in the production of stories on a relevant development issue in their community.

The following is a list of fellows, background and topics covered:

Hisxam Jason D. Bactong, a Development Communication student from Central Mindanao University, is from Poblacion 2, Dangcagan, Bukidnon. He is pursuing a story on GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT:  Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights among Women and Girls in his hometown.

Leezile G. Buadlart is a Bachelor of Arts in English Language student from Bukidnon State University. She hails from Kulasihan, Lantapan, Bukidnon.  Her story focuses on FOOD SECURITY: looking at the effects of the conversion of their village’s rice fields to banana plantations.

Vergel R. Dolosa, is a Bachelor of Arts in English Language student of Bukidnon State University.  He is from Brgy. 3, Malaybalay City. His story focuses on SOCIAL SECURITY among motorela drivers amidst a plan to pass a national law to protect their welfare.

Jan Ariss Jadraque hails from Poblacion, Lantapan, Bukidnon. The Development Communication graduate from Central Mindanao University, is looking at AGRI-BUSINESS: access to market and other opportunities among vegetable farmers of his town.

Ramiel David M. Roque is from Capitan Bayong, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. He is a Bachelor of Arts in English Language student from Bukidnon State University. Mr. Roque is pursuing a story on AGRI-TOURISM: benefits to the community, including the indigenous peoples of Impasug-ong town.

Keeshia Quinquiño Vallejos, also a student from Bukidnon State University, is taking up Bachelor of Arts in English Language. She hails from Laguitas, Malaybalay City. Her story focuses on HEALTH: environmental interventions and collective community action to combat the increasing number of dengue cases in Bukidnon.

Among the members of the training team for this year’s fellowship are Mr. Bobby Timonera of MindaNews, freelance journalist Ms. Lina Sagaral Reyes, Mr. Nef Luczon of Sun-Star CDO, Ms. Loreta Sol L. Dinlayan of the BukSU Bukidnon Studies Center, Ms. April Rose Q. Torion, BukidnonNews.net editor and formerly with Central Mindanao University and Mr. Walter Balane, faculty of the Social Science Department of BukSU and Chair of the Bukidnon Network of Editors and Writers for Social Change, Inc.

The BukSU High School Batch 1994, Binahon Agro-Forestry Farm (BAFF) and Print All Station Malaybalay also provided support to this community project. (BukidnonNews.Net)