La Salle Dasmarinas stages fact-checking events in Communication fest

La Salle Dasmarinas Communication fest
Pre-pandemic COMPACT 2019: COMVERGE CJD participants at DLSU-D Alumni Building Auditorium, Photo Screengrab from Official YouTube Channel of COMPACT 2019: COMVERGE

De La Salle University – Dasmariñas (DLSU-D) in Cavite is staging fact-checking events during its annual Communication Impact (COMPACT) Days, returning this November 2022 in-person two years after the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

“COMPACT 2022: Facts Matter” is a two-day onsite activity of the Communication and Journalism Department (CJD) scheduled on November 24 and 25 at the College of Liberal Arts and Communication (CLAC).

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The COMPACT theme of “Communication Impact on Factual Storytelling in the Infodemic Era” is designed to fight disinformation through fact-checking with the presentation of the seminars and contests.

SEMINARS

  • November 24, Thursday, 9 AM- 12 NN, Tanghalang Julian Felipe (TJF)

The seminar “Infodemic Lockdown: Immunizing Truth, Isolating Lies” features panelists PressOnePH Editor-at-Large and columnist Manuel Mogato, Wavemaker Precision Planning Manager Man Domingo, and Ripple B Deputy Media Relations Manager Julius Macalagay.

  • November 25, Friday, 9 AM- 12 NN, Tanghalang Julian Felipe (TJF)

“Real na Reel: Truth-telling in Film” features film director Lester Dimaranan and University of the Philippines Los Baños Assistant Professor of Humanities, Dr. Katrina Tan.

CONTESTS

CJD students are also presenting challenging and unique contests such as:

  • “WTF: What the Fact?!”, a fact-checking battle with the concept of Amazing Race: Fact Finder Edition
  • “Fact Walk: Let The Truth Be Told”, a Fashion Expo
  • “Saliksik at Siyasat ng Sambayanan: Disinformation During Trying Time”, a YouTube Short Film Contest

Co-organizer DLSU-D Broadcast Journalism Program Council (BJPC) Chief Executive LJ Abadinas says the events will be valuable to students.

”Joining and attending these kinds of events are important simply because magandang oportunidad ito para sa atin na ma-nurture pa lalo ‘yung ating journalistic abilities. Ang mga matututunan natin sa COMPACT 2022 mula sa mga beteranong media practitioners ay isang malaking bagay na paniguradong madadala natin paglabas natin sa unibersidad,” LJ Abadinas said.

BJPC and Green FM will deliver live updates on the seminars via Kahel on Facebook Live.

“Kami sa BJPC at Green FM, we are committed to bring live updates sa mga mangyayari sa COMPACT 2022 via Kahel on Live. We’ll air the scheduled seminars for Day 1 and 2 as well as our traditional Fashion Expo. Aside from that, may mga hinanda rin na entertaining at informative shows ang mga Broadcast Journalism students natin na dapat abangan ng lahat!” Abadinas shared.

Communication and Program Council (CPC) Chief Executive Ian Flores shared that COMPACT will expose disinformation in the media and provide solutions.

‘’We are currently facing a threat that is deadly to the media industry, the vast spread of misinformation and disinformation or what we call in this year theme, ‘Infodemic’. As the future of media, we must be aware of this threat and be able to address it or provide solutions. COMPACT exposing us to such matters will be very helpful and meaningful in the future,” Ian Flores said.

COMPACT 2022 events will also be streamed live on the official Facebook page of Compact 2022: Facts Matter.

DLSU-D previously teamed up with UNESCO for its journalism safety-themed COMPACT in 2017.

Check out more Good News Pilipinas articles on fact-checking and fighting disinformation done by Philippine universities for Fact Check Philippines, Filipino news organizations with Google News Initiative, and science and technology universities for Fab Lab Philippines.

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Rechilda Estores is an undergraduate student of BA Broadcast Journalism in De La Salle University - Dasmarinas (DLSU-D). She is enthusiastic, versatile, and a diligent journalism student who aims to write compelling factual stories and actively engages in social media to impact the people with a purpose of contributing for the betterment of the society.