CYLI launches digital skills training, mentorship program for campus journalists in Caloocan

Following the successful launch of itslagship program for student journalists,  a community-based organization in Caloocan City will hold a  three-month mentorship program for high school and college publications in the city.

Caloocan Young Leaders Initiative

The Caloocan Young Leaders Initiative (CYLI), through its Media and Information Literacy Division, officially launched the  ​“​Kalookan Para sa Kampus Midya​” initiative  last March 20, Saturday.

The project aims to provide participants with essential skills and knowledge to navigate the new digital information ecosystem and address the different challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Almost 300 student journalists and school paper advisers joined the first day of the webinar, which featured Kabataan Party-List Rep. Sarah Elago and UP College of Mass Communication Prof. Danilo Arao.

Rep. Elago discussed issues on campus journalism, including  her proposed House Bill 319  that seeks to replace the existing Campus Journalism Act of 1991. Prof. Arao, meanwhile, tackled ethical issues faced by journalists especially during the pandemic.

A panel of former and current student paper editors and journalists also joined the discussion on digital newsroom management and the challenges they experienced with the imposition of restrictions and shift to distance learning since last year.

On Saturday, March 27, top journalists from various media organizations are set to join the discussion, which  will focus on Campus Journalism in the Age of Post-Truth, Digital Journalism Ethics, Digital Storytelling and Social Media Verification.

Speakers include Rappler executive editor Glenda Gloria, Washington Post Manila reporter Regine Cabato, and editor Matikas Santos.

The program will also include an orientation on story pitching, which will serve as the springboard for the mentorship program that will run from April to July 2021.

The free mentorship program will provide student journalists in the city with an opportunity to develop their own community stories with the advice and assistance of professional journalists who have partnered with CYLI.

Participants interested to join the second day of the seminar on March 27  may still register at

Story pitches for the mentorship program may be submitted at

Additional details may be found on the Facebook page of Caloocan Young Leaders Initiative. For inquiries about the program, please contact or