UST journalism professors Felipe Salvosa II and Marishelle Medina (first two from left) receive the best news documentary plum on behalf of journalism seniors Wendell Quijado and Aira Bernardo for the news documentary, "Dalawang Daan," at the Philippine Journalism Research Conference (PJRC) on Friday, May 5, at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman. (Photo by Josh Nikkolai S. Bravo/ The Varsitarian)

JOURNALISM seniors from the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) won the best news documentary plum at the Philippine Journalism Research Conference (PJRC) on Friday, May 5, at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman.

Wendell Quijado and Aira Bernardo’s news documentary, “Dalawang Daan,” bested eight other finalists.

“Dalawang Daan” follows the story of Chazz, a 21-year-old student coping with the challenges of attending her hybrid classes amidst the Covid-19 pandemic’s inflationary pressures, with a daily allowance of P200 that remained unchanged from 2019.

The 11-minute documentary shows how inflation has affected how Filipino students live.

Three other research groups from AB were named finalists in the general academic research category:

  • “Where the Filipino Gen Z’s Are: Perception on Journalistic Roles and Journalists’ Credibility of TikTok Content” by Reine Alberto, Alexandra Pelonia, and Mickaela Santos;
  • “Philippine Crime Wave 2022: The Incorporation of Trigger Warnings into Graphic Crime Articles” by Gabriellea Pariño, Chelsea Din, and Louise Gallardo; and
  • “Journalism and cancel culture: A case study on online self-censorship among Filipino campus journalists” by Jacqueline Martinez and Angeline Tranqueco. 

Journalism alumnae Maria Cecilia Pagdanganan and Isabel Gallego’s undergraduate thesis in 2022, “An analysis of online news media’s framing of the Covid-19 vaccines as determinant in fostering Filipino pregnant women’s vaccination intent,” was also among the 13 finalists.

The PJRC is the annual national research conference for journalism students organized by the UP Department of Journalism, co-organized by the University of Santo Tomas Journalism Program and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

The PJRC this year, the first to be held onsite since the Covid-19 pandemic, had the theme “Journalism and Generational Truth.”


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