The Future Media Project Launching and Session 1 was held this afternoon . The first lectures focused on misinformation, digital citizenship, virtual work and future-ready skills, topics which will help the attendees later on as they set to utilize their individual or student media’s online platforms. 134 participants from all over the Philippines, composed of students specifically from Ilocos, Romblon, Iloilo, Antique, Zamboanga City, Pagadian, Cebu, Metro Manila and Mindoro joined the zoom meeting. The Facebook live stream garnered 283 views during the session and is increasing as of writing.

Dr. Rowena Hibanada, alumna of ILEP – DAI discussed about how to be a responsible digital citizen.

The huge turnout will not be possible if the project was not conducted in an online platform. The upside of moving virtually is that it made logistics easier and more efficient. There were difficulties encountered in gauging the participants’ level of understanding, but the current set-up was definitely the best option especially to those would not have the means to attend the lecture series had it been conducted face to face.

The project kick-off engaged USG alumni from different programs: Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), Fulbright FLTA, Philippine Young Leaders Program (PYLP), Seacamp, and International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP). From organizing the event to leading the lectures, the alumni are fully involved. and they have exhibited that they are the among the best. Held in commemoration of UNESCO’s Media and Information Literacy Week, the program also partnered with Break the Fake Movement as well as the American Spaces in the Philippines.

Future Media is an alumni batch project of US Government alumni association. It aims to create a network of young and upcoming journalists of future media.

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