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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

1 Pardon the Irony

Protruding eyes were not quite enough for the organizers of the recently-concluded Journalism Day celebration to see the evident mistakes they had committed: Journalism Day had turned into Audiovisual Communication Day; and worse, the whole thing became just a "one-man show" later.

The mistakes began when the organizing team of the Bicol Organization of Neo-Journalists (BONJour) took into consideration the inclusion of the first-ever Bicol University Documentary Festival (BUDo Fest)—which featured the documentaries created by the graduating AVC students—in the Journalism Day observation. And because of this, confusion started to prevail over the minds of the pitiful Journalism students who kept on asking annoying questions like "Is today really the Journalism Day?" or "Ahh, BUDo Fest . . . So when will be the Journ Day?".

It was a slap in the credible and ever reliable face of the Journalism Department itself to know that the BUDo Fest in the Journalism Day agenda because GMA News reporter Jay Taruc was invited, and those documentaries of the AVC Department were just the dish that would complement well with the rice of that day—i-Witness documentaries that would be shown on the big screen. And since the AVC Department is the expert in producing such documentaries, what can the "credible" department do? This phenomenon so to speak should be taken as an eye-opener for the persons in the proper position to do some revising in the Journalism curriculum.

Meanwhile, here comes Jay Taruc—the speaker that never was! If the organizers thought that the half-day one-man show would overwhelm the Journalism students' expectation of a whole-day Journ day—which in itself should be "very journalistic" so to speak, then they should have thought again.

Though Taruc was in the right rank to answer questions with regards to the i-Witness documentaries, BONJour should have thought of inviting Ethics Professor Gladys Serafica as the speaker—since Taruc and Serafica are in the equal footing in clarifying, let alone giving solutions to ethical dilemmas encountered by journalists who are into the making of such documentaries. Read: PRACTICALITY. By the way, it was so disappointing to know that Jay Taruc did not seem to know what 'leading questions' mean. Shame on him? I do not know.

Let us all admit it; come on Peter! The anticipation of a Journalism Day fanfare—with students wearing shirts with proud statements like Are You Corruptible? while going with the flow of a happy parade and laughing out loud with Ma'am Agu-Trillanes—ended up with a depriving AVC Day gala concealed under its own disguise so-called "The First BUDo Fest".

I'd rather watch Journalism students juxtaposing their prowess in writing than feel concerned about them when they were becoming just a big pathetic audience while the AVC students were rejoicing the commendations they have received. There is nothing wrong about that picture with AVC students jostling through the busy crowd of partying Journalism students; they were actually more that welcome as visitors. But I bet Britney Spears would agree with me that being a ringleader-turned-audience is as insulting as being a victim of a practical joke on TV.

The BONJour officers should have realigned their priorities. They should have considered the Journalism students as their utmost concern. And more than pathetic was the cake raffle which was ignored until Jay Taruc's one-man show has ended. And next to the famous question "Is today really the Journ Day?" came the more intriguing question the next day: "Who won the raffle?".

Sigh. And now, I cannot help but ask myself something which my fellow Journalism students, let alone every "CALiber" should think about: Which party is much easier to pardon: the people from BONJour who did not take our common interest into consideration or these people from The Bicol Universitarian who keeps on stereotyping us?




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Jay said...

You are so right. Galing naman ng blog.

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