My views on campus journalism and Philippine Collegian

I checked my email account’s “Sent” folder today for old messages worth keeping and deleting. And before I delete this old message, I’d like to share with you an email interview I gave to a journalism student last March 27 who was writing her paper on campus journalism for a Sociology course she was taking.

Philippine Collegian masthead (retrieved from philippinecollegian.net)

What is the role of the student paper in the university educational system? In particular, how does the Philippine Collegian figure into the University of the Philippines?

The student paper serves as a major venue for the exercise of campus press freedom. Through the student paper, both the campus journalists and the target audience appreciate the role of the press in shaping public opinion and the importance of maintaining the highest standards of practice of the journalism profession. The Philippine Collegian, I think, has the richest and most colorful tradition of campus journalism in the country since its analyses of issues, particularly during the dark days of martial law, are valued even by the so-called professional journalists.

What is the role and importance of the campus press in the national political and social system?

The campus press serves as the voice of the students in particular and the youth in general (if we were to include here the out-of-school ones). History has shown that the youth play a major role in the shaping of history, as in the case of the Cultural Revolution in China and even in the 1896 Revolution in the Philippines. In today’s setting, the campus press can help strengthen the youth and student movement and consequently foment social change.

How does the campus press differentiate itself from the other sources of information in the university?

The slant of the campus press (or, to be more precise, student publications) is theoretically for the youth. It is expected to maintain fairness and objectivity but at the same time use the perspective of the youth in analyzing the local, national and international situations. The mainstream media, except for specialized publications and programs that cater to the youth, cannot be expected to have that kind of slant that is inherently biased for the youth.

52 thoughts on “My views on campus journalism and Philippine Collegian”

  1. hello sir can you tell me problems related to campus journalism. thank you.

    Reply: Please be more specific with your question. Are you referring to campus journalism problems specific to the Philippine experience? Or is it in general? Thank you.

  2. Yes sir, i want to know problems facing campus journalism in philipines. I want to know what bring the problems or problems related to campus journalism in philippines.

    Reply: The implementation of the Campus Journalism Act in 1991 proves to be a major stumbling block, ironically, in promoting and upholding campus press freedom in the Philippines. Due to vague provisions about collection of publication fees and the assignment of a faculty advise for “technical guidance,” some school administrators have used the law to suppress campus press freedom, as well as harass and intimidate campus journalists. Thank you.

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