“Trade secrets” in documentation and news writing

The Regional Communications Group (CommsGroup) and the Provincial Information Officers (PIOs) of the Department of Agrarian Reform, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAR-ARMM) conducted a 2-day training-workshop on documentation and news writing here in Cotabato City on Feb. 27-28.

John Felix Unson, a veteran print journalist of The Philippine Star, shared to the group the “trade secrets” on cutting-edge news engineering. “The rationale of the activity should be given more emphasis in addition to its objectives; hence, choosing the proper angle for the story such as immediacy, prominence and conflict are important.”

Regional Secretary Dayang Carlsum Sangkula-Jumaide said that the CommsGroup and PIOs have the potentials in writing, and this ongoing training would further enhance their capabilities and equip them with modern style especially the techniques and the appropriateness of writing without being too technical. “The CommsGroup is not about propaganda. This will be our legacy. We want to take records of the milestones of DAR-ARMM, the success stories of our farmer beneficiaries and how the agrarian reform program made a difference in their lives,” said Sec. Jumaide.

In conveying the message of the DAR-ARMM through social media, Mehrab Bahri of Bureau of Public Information (BPI) advised the members of the basic rule in news writing to keep it short and simple as distinguished from feature writing.

Jamaleah Benito-Dimaporo of BPI-ARMM conducted series of workshop to build the participants’ fluency in news writing and how to make it concise, impactful, polished and clear.

The activity concluded with Executive Director Amilbahar S. Mawallil of BPI stressing the important contribution of a CommsGroup to public understanding of government policies, programs and activities and in ensuring that any information coming out of the organization aligns with executive direction.

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