“It’s really something very odd that (labor migration reporting is) there, it’s everywhere, it’s in the 8:00 o’clock news, it’s on the website, it’s on the radio, but it’s not there as a field of study and analysis and understanding.
Explaining the importance of reporting on Filipino migrant workers, ILO Media and Migration Consultant Charles Autheman gave the challenge that “it’s our job” to introduce labor migration reporting to students.
Autheman continued his series of one-on-one coaching with higher education institution (HEI) journalism teachers on how to teach Reporting on Labor Migration, with Kalayaan College Journalism Program Coordinator Bella Villanueva on July 19 and with Polytechnic University of the Philippines journalism faculty member Renalyn Valdez on July 23.
University of the Philippines Assistant Professor Adelle Chua also had her fourth 30-minute individualized coaching with Autheman on July 21. Other one-on-one sessions are scheduled up to the end of July.
HEI teachers who are participating in the one-on-one sessions will pilot-teach the course during the first semester of academic year 2021-2022. Other activities conducted earlier were a webinar on labor migration with 34 HEI teachers and two days of group coaching sessions with 11 participants.
The capacity building activities with HEI 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 course syllabus, which the teachers will use, 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: Kalayaan College Journalism Program Coordinator Bella Villanueva, AIJC Senior Director Ann Lourdes Lopez, AIJC Program Officer Loregene Macapugay, ILO Consultant Charles Autheman
Clockwise: Polytechnic University of the Philippines journalism faculty member Renalyn Valdez, AIJC Senior Director Ann Lourdes Lopez, AIJC Program Officer Loregene Macapugay, ILO Consultant Charles Autheman,