Friday, September 2, 2011

Mati’s media practitioners given media formation sessions

MATI, Davao Oriental, Sept. 2, 2011―Mati’s diocesan radio stations DXHM-AM and DXDV-97.5 Spirit FM have recently organized media formation sessions for its personnel, following the vision of its founder-director, Most Rev. Bishop Patricio H. Alo, D.D.
DXHM-AM, Heart of Mary station, now known as Radyo Totoo of the Catholic Media Network, has been giving media formation sessions to its workforce as its policy since its beginning 20 years ago.
The stations have expanded its vision of media formation this year by inviting outside media practitioners in order to deepen and strengthen their commitment to truth and human/Christian values amidst a divided, materialistic and violent world.
The media formation also aimed to improve one’s personal talents and technical know-how in the field of media, as well as to learn from one another’s experience and sharing as media practitioner.
Forty media practitioners composed of radio programmers, newscasters, reporters, block timers of both religious and secular programs, television servicemen, multi-media/internet specialists & technicians, office personnel, and interested students from the secondary and collegiate levels attended the media formation.
The diverse composition furthered the sense of unity, of “serving together as co-journeyers motivated to pray, act, and share our giftedness so that the media of social communications may bring the Gospel to all nations…as instruments of telling the truth and not in any way to injure others through word or deed,” so expressed the prayer purposely composed for Mass Media workers by the Program Dept. personnel.
Each participant was given opportunity to talk about his/her program during the session.
Professor Lillibeth Galvez, resource speaker from the Devcom Dept. of the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology gave tips for professional performance improvement while station Program Directress Sr. Marietta Alo, OND facilitated spontaneous reactions and suggestions towards mutual acquaintance, support, and promotion, bringing out the best of each program.
Fr. Roland Sayman shed light on the Vatican II document on social communications, Inter Mirifica, as well as underlining the use of digital technologies in the Service of the Word, as written in various World Communications Day messages of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. .
In his inspirational message, Bishop Alo stressed the goal of evangelization, saying, “our prime interest has been to proclaim the truth in all sincerity and fidelity since that was the last instruction of Jesus which we read in St. Mark’s gospel chapter 16 verse 16: ‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; he who does not believe will be condemned.’”
The bishop further explained that for success in the media apostolate—radio, TV and print—“it is important that deep in the heart we want only to communicate that which is true, good and beneficial to humanity without the vested interests or hidden agenda…to let the saving truths of Jesus reach as many as possible, living by truth and in love as St. Paul says in his letter to the Ephesians 4:15.” (Sr. Marietta Alo, OND)

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