Take advantage of the comparative advantage of the online platform during this pandemic, advised ILO Media and Migration Consultant Charles Autheman as he wrapped up the last of his online one-on-one coaching sessions on how to teach the elective course, Reporting on Labor Migration, on July 30, 2021.
Meeting with Ma. Rosario Victoria de Guzman, Journalism Division Chair of the West Visayas State University in Iloilo City, Autheman encouraged her to invite to the online classroom as resource person a seafaring relative of a student or a Filipino journalist based abroad who reports on migrant workers.
The individualized coaching sessions, which started in June, were conducted by Autheman with nine journalism teachers from eight higher education institutions (HEIs), for a total of 17 sessions that each lasted from 30 minutes to one hour.
These activities with journalism teachers are part of the International Labour Organization (ILO)-Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) Fair Recruitment Initiative to introduce the elective course on labor migration reporting in the journalism curriculum of HEIs.
The teachers will use the course syllabus that was developed as part of the ILO-AIJC project. The project is led by ILO National Project Coordinator Hussein Macarambon, with AIJC Senior Director Ann Lourdes Lopez as Project Manager.
Clockwise: Ma. Rosario Victoria de Guzman, Journalism Division Chair of the West Visayas State University, AIJC Senior Director Ann Lourdes Lopez, AIJC Program Officer Loregene Macapugay, ILO Consultant Charles Autheman