Educational industry training in news and current affairs reporting, to a large part, should be everybody’s business. After all, valuable information benefits everyone. With communication and information being very dynamic, for education to keep pace, training-on-demand is the wave of the future.
Training-on-demand is best accomplished using real-time, technology-based approaches that can be personalized and self-paced anytime, anywhere. We look at the future of educational workshops in the area of communication and journalism and its outputs or products as being able to deliver truthful, ethical, valuable and timely news and information as provided by its community of cooperators and sharers of information. Thus, recipients of our training-on-demand approach are better informed, well versed in the craft of writing and opinion-making and ready to assume their responsibilities once they have passed our certification.
Word Cup Journalism Workshops are designed to assist those who wish to learn from people in the academe and the news industry but have little time to spare. For them, this on-demand training is the best way to supplement their education.
Word Cup News
What better way to test skills than to provide the opportunity to publish through our information-sharing platform, Word Cup News. WCN shall publish outputs of our workshop participants as vetted by both professionals in the media industry and the academe. Through this, WCN can provide information to those seeking news and information, while also benefitting immensely from those who are willing to share, for purposes of educational training and greater public exposure, valuable information or press releases and even breaking news.
WCN cooperators who are professionals working in the Philippines and overseas can provide diverse and timely information. Our WCN, which balances the needs of both learners and the greater public adheres to freedom of information subject to prevailing laws, customs, morals and traditions.
To get full access to all of our products and services, membership is required for workshop trainees, contributors, cooperators and correspondents.
The future is here, and science, by and large, is leading the way. To keep stock of our wide-wired-world, sessions in basic and advanced science writing workshops attempt to introduce the participants how to write stories in this field. A popular writing style is preferred over the technical-journal type of writing. Here, participants learn how to use technical or scientific terms appropriately in the story, how to find story angles and techniques in actually doing it in news, features and analyses stories that deal with the applied sciences such as health, environment and technology stories.
Participants in our feature writing workshops develop a keen eye on what stories will make good feature articles. Before they do actual writing, they learn the approaches to developing a moving story. This usually begin with knowing what data are needed to shape the story. Seasoned feature writers are called in to handle the nuances of writing such stories. In-depth discussions with resource persons lead to a deepening of perspectives of the workshop participants.
Participants in our news writing workshops begin by learning to be adept at spotting news and where to find them. Then they proceed to learn both basic and advanced news gathering techniques and how to use them in writing and reporting news. Media practitioners who have years of experience in the field and have adequate qualifications and training in classroom management and teaching methods show and guide them how to do it.
Writing with light is an area where seasoned photojournalists attempt to fuse creative arts and story-telling through pictures. The requirements include a working camera, passion for photography, an eye for detail, and an ‘itchy finger’ ready to fire and capture or preserve a moment. Good looks and fashion sense, according to the guru, are optional. The participants can also expect to learn from the “who’s who” of Philippine photojournalism how to properly write photo captions, which is a must in photojournalism.
Are ‘jocks’ or radio anchors better heard than seen? In today’s TeleRadyo this may no longer be the case but one thing remains in the world of radio—that’s good quality and well-modulated voice. Raw talent can bring you far enough but it may only be as good as your best technical person or writer. Few people know that a radio broadcast rely heavily in teamwork—and everyone has to do their share. We ensure that your talent is well-supported by your writers and technical staff. There may be no shortcut to success but our workshops will give your efforts a needed boost so you get closer to your goal.
Participants in our sports writing workshops need not know all the sports known to man. But a love for sports and a love for writing are a must. The participants begin by learning how to use the 5 Ws and H in way that will make the story exciting or “sporty.” Seasoned professional sports writers are called in to give their two cents’ worth on the subject matter and share the techniques they learned and developed in their years of covering sporting events in the field.
While a sound argument is a must for any editorial story, our editorial writing sessions focus on the techniques on how to make a compelling case for or against a particular position. Here, the editorial writer is oriented to various social lenses that may be used in developing their editorials. The editorial writer can expect to learn how to analyze and synthesize facts that may be used in writing the editorial. Lessons in argumentative fallacies, how to debunk them, and how to offer a counter-position in making a well-thought-of case, are staples in this workshop.
Television is a visual medium and newsreaders get to hug the limelight more than others. But poorly-written news stories, miscued video and live reports, badly-edited audio and visuals and lousy script will ruin any attempt to launch a professionally executed TV broadcast. Our workshop ensures that your team understands their roles and are able to execute them properly and on time. Techniques on proper camera angles, sound recording, video editing using state-of-the-art software, and script writing and execution are a staple in our TV broadcast series. News reading simulation exercises, delivery techniques and voice coaching as well as proper wardrobe or power dressing sessions form the advance phase of these workshops.
Participants often have ‘raw’ sketching talent, but those who may want to open a new frontier or discover a new talent are most welcome. General instructions are delivered in a classroom-type lecture, but individualized development and pacing depend on the individual’s openness to new ideas during critiquing sessions. Participants often will find in these sessions answers to problems relating to complexities, oversimplification, and lack of fresh ideas when they start conceptualizing and rendering their caricatures. If you too can relate to these so-called artist’s trap, then this workshop is for you. Fine-tune your skills further with the social satirist of our time—the editorial cartoonist of the nation’s leading opinion pages. Share the mentor’s wits and possibly his or her charm, exchange sensible ideas and techniques, and be able to develop your own unique style.
This workshop is designed for the core group of the school publication. Consisting of the News, Sports, Feature, Editorial page writers/editors and a Design/Layout director, the team shall learn how to combine each other’s talents in order to publish a school paper. The writers shall be initiated to the usual writing regimen which focus on learning to write and edit multiple stories at a given deadline. The person in charge of the design on the other hand shall be trained in multi-tasking—doing layout, photography and cartooning/graphic design for a four-page publication. The lessons are delivered by adhering strictly to pre-set deadlines.
Have you ever wondered how it feels like being one of the demigods of the newspaper production process? Indeed, this may just be the place for you.
Copyreading holds one of the keys which unlocks the secret in clear and effective writing. A well-edited copy often makes stories leap to life. Copyreading your own story is well appreciated by editors, and it often comes with a prize - their trust and confidence in you as a writer. In today’s media industry, editors often require a headline suggestion from the writer. The days when the in-house copy editor takes care of the title for the article due to style, newspaper space considerations and technological limitations in design software are beginning to fade as we go into technological high gear. While it’s almost always a must that the copy reader/editor has enough experience to deal with a variety of writing styles, learning the symbols and putting the copyreader’s mark, including the printer’s directions and slugline, give this workshop an authentic feel of how it is like putting the newspaper to bed.
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14th Word Cup
May 23 - 25, 2019
Faith Village Gardens, Boracay, Malay, Aklan
Contact us at 0915.960.7268 / 0912.664.9980