Experts in the field of journalism taught more than a hundred students the ropes of documentary-making in the recently held DokyuSkul, the annual documentary-making workshop for high school students organized by UP Journalism Club, in partnership with DAKILA, at the College of Mass Communication (CMC), UP Diliman.
The workshop, with the theme Everyday Heroism, focused on the importance of documentary as a medium to give voice to the stories of people we come across every day.
"Sometimes the most interesting story is the most unusual or the one you don't expect," veteran documentarist Howie Severino said in his lecture on visual storytelling. "Everybody has a backstory, everybody has a history."
Other lecturers who offered their expertise were Ditsi Carolino, award-winning documentary filmmaker; Tina Arceo-Dumlao, Business Features editor of the Philippine Daily Inquirer; Ed Lingao, Multimedia Director of Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism; Inday Espina-Varona, Campaign Director of Change.org Philippines; and Roby Alampay, acting Editor-in-Chief of BusinessWorld and InterAksyon.com.
Since its inception in 2011, this year’s DokyuSkul has the largest turnout so far, with 50 teams from different schools within and outside Metro Manila joining the event.
The workshop will be followed by a one-month production period, where the students will create their very own documentaries in line with the theme. The screening and awarding of the winning entries will be held on February 28 at CMC, UP Diliman.
DokyuSkul 2015 is part of the year-long celebration of UP Journalism Club’s 60th anniversary.
Photos by Beatrice Malveda