Student congress tackles media breakthroughsBy Roy Steven Eriga
Social media and other breakthroughs were tackled during the Student Media Congress organized by De la Salle University last July 26 to 27.
Organized by the DLSU Student Media Office (SMO) with help from the Culture and Arts Office and DLS-CSB Student Publications Office, the event was entitled “Exploring Media Breakthroughs” and included talks and workshops tackling how the uses of media can go way further than what they seem.
The event, organizers said, sought to encourage innovation in the media, especially among student media users.
Joanna Queddeng, coordinator of the SMO, said the congress was organized mainly by student volunteers.
“Everything started from scratch and the whole planning became a learning experience for all of us,” said Queddeng. “I challenged the team to learn fast, learn by themselves and be willing to teach others as we plan for this event.”
SMO helped provide resource persons and media experts. Some of the speakers were established personalities who said they promote their personal advocacies through social media.
The congress and its speakers generally encouraged the delegates to make use of the advanced technology of smartphones and the Internet.
The event attracted over a thousand students. There were more than 30 speakers.
Delegates eagerly attended the workshops, some of them held parallel. Along the way they met new friends.
Because of the great interest, there may be another congress in the future.