With what we’re doing in the Philippines, “it’s the first time in the world” that labor migration as a course is being introduced in the curriculum of journalism schools, said International Labour Organization (ILO) Media and Migration Consultant Charles Autheman in one of his coaching sessions with journalism teachers of higher education institutions (HEIs).
In the third of a series of one-on-one online coaching sessions with Philippine HEI teachers, Assistant Professor Adelle Chua of the University of the Philippines Department of Journalism joined Autheman on June 23, 2021 for her turn in individualized tutoring on teaching the elective course, Reporting on Labor Migration, for journalism students. More sessions with other HEIs are scheduled up to July.
The individual coaching sessions are part of the ILO-AIJC partnership on the project, Fair Recruitment Initiative, which builds the capacity of HEI faculty members to teach Reporting on Labor Migration with the course syllabus developed under the project. The project is led by ILO National Project Coordinator Hussein Macarambon, with AIJC Senior Director Ann Lourdes Lopez as Project Manager.
A webinar on labor migration and group coaching sessions were earlier conducted for HEI journalism teachers.
As international trainer, Autheman has been actively engaged over the past ten years in the training of journalists. He coordinated the production of the first media-friendly glossary on migration (2014) and was the co-author of the ILO media toolkit on forced labour (2019). Both tools have been adapted to numerous regional and national contexts, and he has overseen several of these adaptations
Clockwise: Assistant Professor Adelle Chua of UP-Diliman Department of Journalism, AIJC Senior Director Ann Lourdes Lopez, AIJC Program Officer Loregene Macapugay, ILO Consultant Charles Autheman