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IS students conducted editorial writing and cartooning journalism workshop for FEU Roosevelt Cainta junior high school students

Carriza Juliene Arambulo and Kriz Heart Agillon, both 4th year International Studies students, were invited speakers for the Journalism Workshop in FEU Roosevelt Cainta. The workshop was held on the 17th of July 2021 via Microsoft Teams. The two discussed editorial writing and editorial cartooning.

Carriza emphasized that the editorial should always present the other side of an issue/topic being discussed to avoid being biased. However, the writer must also address these to persuade the reader that the argument they are presenting is something that they should act upon. “Words do not simply hold ideas, but they can empower readers to act while keeping in mind the ideas presented to them,” points Carriza.

The audience was taught about the different ways to convey ideas and opinions, and the basics of drawing. Kriz gave recommendations to improve cartoonists’ outputs as well as argued the importance of editorial cartoons. Kriz Agillon asserted that “we can never be apolitical; artists are not exceptions.” Agillon advised extrapolating points forwarded by a writer and artist. It is a way of using similar data supplementing a controversial opinion on a particular issue without explicitly taking the side of the opposition. That way, the writer or artist would less likely offend someone for forwarding their opinion. Her example was instead of condemning the responses of certain politicians in the Julian Felipe incursion, the artist could opt for drawing a Filipino asserting their sovereign rights. The cartoon is still political and factual albeit less likely to be offensive to the audience: Filipinos. -- By Carriza Juliene G. Arambulo & Kriz Heart R. Agillon


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