The world has become a more complicated and hostile story to tell in words and images for independent journalists. From the pandemic that upended humanity, the pro-democracy protests that redefined Hong Kong to the cataclysmic drug bloodbath in the Philippines, journalists in our region have been pushed to extreme limits, their craft and freedoms increasingly put under threat.
The Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines is holding its annual Teodoro Benigno Jr. Journalism Lecture in such a dire backdrop. Instead of one speaker, three outstanding journalists will speak in Zoom video lectures on Oct. 30, a Friday, starting at 9am, to discuss how they braved through the maelstrom to tell the story.
Named after one of FOCAP’s founding members, the late Agence France Presse bureau chief and former press secretary Teddy Benigno, the lecture will be done entirely online due to the COVID-19 outbreaks.
Tom Grundy, founder of Hong Kong Free Press, will bring you back to the pro-democracy protests that shook the foundations of Hong Kong, Asia’s shopping mecca,
and petrified China. He’ll provide insights into his gripping and close-range coverage of the violent unrest amid an ever-narrowing democratic space in his two-hour talk that starts at 9am.
Award-winning Filipino photographer Hannah Reyes-Morales’s haunting images of human tragedies have been published by the world’s most prestigious publications and media outfits, including the Washington Post, the New York Times and National Geographic. She has documented the blood and gore of President Duterte’s so-called war on drugs, the aftermath of the disastrous Marawi siege and the horrific congestion in Philippine jails among other high-risk coverages. Her two-hour photojournalism lecture starts at 1pm.
Finally, the BBC’s Howard Johnson, a British journalist who has chronicled the gut-wrenching poverty in the Philippines, Duterte’s brutal campaign against illegal drugs, the cliffhanger rescue of a junior football team in a Thai cave in 2018 and other gripping tales in Southeast Asia will discuss the rapidly evolving nature of broadcast journalism as the Internet and social media reshape the world of traditional media. Howard’s two-hour lecture starts at 4pm.
The journalism lecture has become a much-awaited tradition for FOCAP journalists to share their insights and diverse field experiences and the latest media industry trends to journalists and students and faculty members of journalism schools nationwide.
The lectures are free but prior registration is a must. Journalism schools may pick two representatives each to log in and attend each Zoom lecture, where they may participate in the discussions and Q&A. We will send log-in and livestream details once you confirm. The rest may watch our Facebook livestream of the lectures.
To join, please register through this link
For other concerns, please get in touch with the head of our Secretariat, Ms. Hail Buenaventura, at email@example.com and/or at mobile +63917 5933543.
See you and stay vigilant,
The FOCAP Board