Exploring the WORLD WIDE WEB

#NTOT For several years now, I have been sharing information and activities with friends here and abroad via facebook. I was aware that there are a lot of information sources in the world wide web but it never crossed my mind nor had I imagined learning to use other sites except for facebook which despite very busy schedules, I excitedly  check for notifications, messages and updates as often as possible.

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The introduction of online journalism during the National Training of Trainers on Campus Journalism held in Davao City made me realize that indeed,  teachers like me still have so much to learn from the World Wide Web as social media sites such as facebook, wordpress, twitter, and other sites can be important tools for communication, entertainment and educational development.

Teachers need to continuously get updated in the use of information technology in as much as they are dealing with 21st century learners who are now considered digital natives and techno savvy.

Digital Predicament on Online Journalism

Set to be working on Online Journalism, also known as Digital Journalism, poses a great challenge to almost everyone attending the 2015 DepEd VisMin Cluster Campus Journalism National Training of Trainers (NTOT) held at Crown Regency Hotel, Davao City. During the setting of expectations, the very first task asked by the able and amiable speaker, Ms. Gemma Bagayaua Mendoza, Head, research & Content Story of a social News network “Rappler”, some declared to be neophyte in the field, others claimed to be knowing only a little and wanted to be enhanced, many were eagerly longing to its technical features, and few uttered that such first-hand information cascaded to them could be thirst- quenching.

As known to be a contemporary form of journalism, where news and other information content are distributed via the internet, Training of Online Journalism seemingly brings about varied predicaments to the participants.  First and foremost, there is that weak and frail signal of internet Connection; thus difficulty in the loading of page or opening of new tab is likewise impatiently experienced. There are cases that icons and characters just popped out, without even the command of the encoder, then ended out with a message, “Sorry, your internet connection is unavailable or terminated”. Many times exasperatingly deep inhale and exhale of participants can be heard, which evidently complemented with the speaker’s soft and tender voice saying, “patience…patience…patience is a virtue…”

Anything new encompasses also new ideas and new apps in the usage of Internet or even merely the desktop of any computer. Obviously, to the novice of the field of Digital Journalism, speed in clicking and browsing is apparent and apprehended. There is always the tendency of being delayed of what to type and what to open; and hence, in worst case, one is already left behind from the others. This scenario may create a mileage of updated information from the speakers down to the participants.

“Online” per se connotes one to be being abreast with everything new in the computer world including the use of new PC, laptop, or netbook. In the advent of using this new and higly-upgraded technological gadget, one may already be alienated of the new applications installed in the computer and makes him very slow to follow the quick and swift instruction and command of the speaker in the training.

It is observed that the bottom cause of any difficulty met in the advent of Online Journalism is not solely on the cascading/gathering of new information, but on the launching of the information on-the-line. The more probable reason of apprehension in the launching of Online Journalism is on the Internet Connectivity.

Undoubtedly, Online Journalism may be introduced and presented in the field of Campus Journalism, particularly in the 2015 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC), with repertoire of apprehensions, dilemma, and even raises quandary debates between and among participants, facilitators, and judges. However, it is hoped that such opposing acts will lead to the progress of Online Journalism and eventually be embraced smoothly as another genre of Campus Journalism.

Candid Netizens

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The onset of Online Publishing as part of the campus journalism program in our country never flabbergasts everyone in schools considering the trending exposure of learners to interconnectivity. Nowadays, learners are up-to-date social networking sites users.

According to Director Armand Patrick Salamat, Head of the DepEd Communication Unit in an interview conducted by the NToT participants that one of the objectives of the K to 12 Curriculum in developing the 21st Century Skills can be applied to Campus Journalism and aimed for a certain mastery or literacy on the internet. What we have started is a shift on what we had in NSPC on Collaborative Publishing. Moreover, we still have a team of students who are not just to produce a 4-page publication in print but to make an online publication too. He further stated that we are on our way to Online Journalism.
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This intervention becomes a timely propelling which supports to a paperless venture in promoting campus journalism. Positively, this develops our learners to mark on expressing opinions and feelings in an honest and sincere way for global competitiveness promoting a more responsible campus journalism community.

Thus making them as candid netizens.

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Living in the Digital World

I have had these curious thoughts of the future in my head. What would the world look like a couple of years from now?  IMG_0581

Nowadays, we have a good number of digital and sophisticated electronic gadgets. How much would these things change 20 or 30 years from now?

Not too long ago people used floppy discs, big computers with slow processing capabilities and devices which weren’t that much user friendly. A few years rolled by and BOOM! People are using CDs and DVDs in storing their files, the computers they used became more advanced and had more features in them. There was then the introduction of the cellphone and the iPod.

Again time went on, people innovated and more gadgets were invented. Apple and other companies introduced new kinds of devices and also upgraded their previous inventions. One of which was the laptop, a portable version of the computer which gave people better ways on conducting work and other things on numerous places rather than just at home or at computer stations.

Certainly, we are now living in this digital age. Anywhere you look, you will see people using digitally featured device. You can ask anyone about a cellphone and surely even a “taho” vendor could easily recognize what it is. One would even dare to say that life is incomplete apart from cellphone.IMG_0584

So what does the future of this age hold?  Would these gadgets be modernized even more? These have been speculated by numerous people already. A time where computers and laptops are powered by atoms, fibers or solar light, a time when iPhones and cellphones already follow what we want by the use of voice commands, or even a time where digital holograms, the technology in which data is digitized into a 3-dimensional live image, becomes part of our everyday lives.

Such a thing is possible, because in a digital age, there are unlimited things that can be done. Coding commands and functions of devices, computers and laptops, iPhones and cellphones are only the beginning to an amazing future. Though I have to say that this kind of future is still many years away, I am tempted to think that even I might live short enough to see these digital revolutions.

Yes, our world is turning to a different angle. A stage and a dream that finally came true. Welcome to the world of endless possibilities – the Digital World.IMG_0602

Candid Netizens

The onset of Online Publishing as part of the campus journalism program in our country never flabbergasts everyone in schools considering the trending exposure of learners to interconnectivity. Nowadays, learners are up-to-date social networking sites users.

According to Director Armand Patrick Salamat, Head of the DepEd Communication Unit in an interview conducted by the NToT participants that one of the objectives of the K to 12 Curriculum in developing the 21st Century Skills can be applied to Campus Journalism and aimed for a certain mastery or literacy on the internet. What we have started is a shift on what we had in NSPC on Collaborative Publishing. Moreover, we still have a team of students who are not just to produce a 4-page publication in print but to make an online publication too. He further stated that we are on our way to Online Journalism.

This intervention becomes a timely propelling which supports to a paperless venture in promoting campus journalism. Positively, this develops our learners to mark on expressing opinions and feelings in an honest and sincere way for global competitiveness promoting a more responsible campus journalism community. Thus, making them as candid netizens.

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Rappler’s Gemma Mendoza trains NTOT online journalism participants

10927975_10152710174849685_1135126279_nGemma Bagayaua Mendoza, Head of Research and Content Strategy of Rappler, trained the participants for online publishing during the VisMin Cluster National Training of Trainers on Campus Journalism at Crown Regency Hotel, Davao City on January 13-14, 2015.

Mendoza explained the importance of ones knowledge of the different sites as sources of information from the world wide web such as the Rappler, facebook, twitter, and wordpress as well as the processes in utilizing these sources for online journalism.

Mendoza had her training in web publishing training at the Stockholm University in Sweden and in multimedia journalism at the SEACEM in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She served as Editor-in-chief of ABS-CBNNews. com. She facilitated the transition of Newsbreak magazine from print to the internet and co-authored its book “The Enemy Within”, on military corruption and civilian neglect.

Her works won recognition in the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for investigative Journalism, the UNICEF-Philippine Press Institute Awards for Child-Friendly Journalists, and the Asian Development Bank Institute’s Developing Asia. Journalism Awards. (Source:http://www.rappler.com/about-rappler/staff-profiles/2529-gemma-bagayaua-mendoza)