More than 25 people ranging from high school students to professional reporters took part in a free journalism workshop at the Latte Stone Room in Kanoa Resort last Friday.
The workshop, called “Journalism to Empower Communities,” aimed to influence and inspire people in the CNMI to become journalists and media scholars.
Former CNMI students Rachel Ramirez and Thomas Manglona II, who conducted the workshop, talked about a variety of journalism and media practices such as structuring a news story and guidelines for broadcasting news. The workshop also featured a panel of local journalists.
Christian Merante, a graduating senior from Saipan Southern High School, described the workshop as an “eye-opener” about “what really goes on behind the scenes of journalism.”
Merante will use his newfound knowledge of journalism as he pursues a political science degree. “This [workshop] definitely taught me how the media does influence the society and civics,” he added.
Another participant, Paul Plunkett, described the workshop as “outstanding,” describing journalism “as a very honorable profession that the world needs more of.” His son also gained exposure and a new interest in the field of journalism.
Ramirez and Manglona collaborated with Mount Carmel School and were supported by the Northern Marianas Humanities Council.
Ramirez is an alumna of Saipan Southern High School. She graduated from the University of Portland with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies with a focus on journalism. She is currently on a reporting fellowship with Grist, a non-profit online magazine about environmental news.
Manglona is an alumnus of Mount Carmel School. He is a media studies major at the University of California at Berkeley. He is also the executive director of CalTV, UC Berkeley’s online television network that manages over 100 student staff.