DWU students raise awareness through media production

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Madang: Eighteen students of the Communication Arts Department of Divine Word University have raised awareness on COVID-19 and the environment through short films and jingles.

The students from the second, third and fourth year were a part of a three-day Media Education Seminar held from 15th to 17th July 2020.

It dwelled on video basics, elements in film-making, audio basics and jingle creation, COVID-19 Risk Communication, the Pope’s Encyclical of Laudato Si’ and caring for the environment. It also encompassed interactive icebreakers and game sessions, divine prayer moments and serene moments of meditation.

Addressing the participants Fr Ambrose Pereira sdb, Social Communications Secretary encouraged the students to unleash their talent and their creativity and produce video clips with powerful messages.

“Your video clips should be a product of your reflection and an expression of your mind and your heart. It should invite people to bring about a change of attitude and behaviour that will be for the common good of all people”, he said.

The seminar was hosted and sponsored by CBC SOCOM in partnership with the Divine Word University, SIGNIS International, MISSIO, Caritas Australia and Radio Maria.

Comments from students:

“I liked the seminar because it was not just about the media, but involved teaching of serious relationships, the fight against social issues, the environment and COVID-19. Above all we had more time to talk with our Lord and God” – Daniel Undaba, 3rd year CA student.

“The sessions were simple, fulfilled and informative and I have learnt a lot during all the sessions. Besides learning practice skills in media, it also taught us about life” – Pethra Gawi, 2nd year CA student.

“The seminar has inspired me to be a responsible person toward others and nature. Media is a powerful tool for advocating this and other social issues” – Elijah Chapok, 4th year CA student.

Story & Pics: Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands Facebook page

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