Student use films, images to share hope


JOURNALISM students from Divine Word University (DWU) have shared hope through films about struggles people face during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, according to Catholic Bishops Conference (CBC) of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
In a statement from CBC, the students shared their hope through images and short films to promote positivity in their reporting.
Social communications commission (Socom) secretary Fr Ambrose Pereira said struggles of the Covid-19 in work, education, travel, health, spirituality and family had challenged the participants to strive to promote positivity in their productions.
“Our people are filled with fear and uncertainty at this time and we have the responsibility as journalists to reach out to them,” he said.
“Whether we go out to encounter them or produce materials for their consumption, the message of hope must be dominant.
“We really need that now.
“It is wonderful to see productions centred on hope being brought to you by the students.
“With so much miscommunication and fake news circulating, as young journalists, you need to present the truth.
“Our people are in fear and we need to have productions of positivity and hope.”
DWU president Phil Gibbs said under the theme “Hope amidst the Covid-19”, a three-day media education seminar focused on photography and short films from Oct 6-8 at Alexishafen pastoral centre in Madang.
Fourth-year student Joy Tero said during the seminar, she was inspired to think creatively on how to address the Covid-19 situation.
“I need to produce content that is applicable to viewers and be aware of details that contribute to conveying the message.”

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