Information officers (IOs) from the Department of Agriculture Cordillera (DA-CAR) and other agencies attended a news writing seminar recently, at the DA-CAR conference hall.
Dubbed “Developing Writing Styles for Information Officers,” this seminar taught the participants on the basics of journalism. This also served as a refresher course for seasoned journalists and writers.
Nate Barretto, a news desk editor from The Philippine Star and the founder of Ed Talks, discussed the elements and types of news, the 5 Ws and an H (what, when, where, who, why, and how), the inverted pyramid in news writing, lead writing, and writing styles such as grammar, punctuation, word choices, and capitalization.
Information officers and reporters from the Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Division, Integrated Laboratories Division, Philippine Rural Development Project, Special Area for Agricultural Development, Regulatory Division, Research Division, Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Council, Regional Agriculture Engineering Division, Field Operations Division, Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Section, Agriculture Program Coordination Office, and the Office of the Regional Executive Director were present during the seminar, as well as the representatives from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Baguio City Police Office, the Philippine News Agency, and the Mountain Province Broadcasting Corporation (DZWT).