An official of the only Catholic TV Station in the Philippines reminded participants of the recently-concluded Diocese of Novaliches Social Communications and Media Ministry (SocComm Nova) Field Trip 2017 to know their purpose as a means to avoid intimidation during events coverage especially for national events.
“The first thing you need to remember is to know your purpose. Why are you here? Is not to spread the Word of God,” said TV Maria Supervisor Sharon Joy Isla both in English and Filipino when the SocComm Nova delegation visited their Studio in Pandacan, Manila last July 15, 2017.
Replying to the question posed by one of the Field Trip 2017 participants, she went on to expound that regardless of their equipment when set against those of Mainstream Media during an event coverage, members of the Parish SocComm sent for an assignment should never cower but instead have the full confidence in doing what they are tasked to do.
“Who is your audience? Your parishioners? Your community? It doesn’t matter what gadget or equipment you use so long as you make sure you deliver the information they need,” she emphasized in Filipino.
According to Ms. Isla, unlike the Mainstream Media who already have a captured audience, Parish Media Coordinators have the obligation to make sure those within their jurisdiction get the “Good News” whether it be a Parish, Vicariate, Diocesan, or National event since that’s their role as Catholic Communicators.
“As St. Teresa of Calcutta said, it’s really a matter of doing small things with great love,” she ended before proceeding with the tour of their Studio for the participants.
The TV Maria Studio was the second stop of the SocComm Nova Field Trip 2017. Participants were shown what happens behind the scenes of the Station’s regular programming, which included being oriented on the daily operations and functions of each member of their organization.
Some participants, particularly from the Our Lady of Lourdes Vicariate and the Christ The King Vicariate, were given the opportunity to record their Music Television Video (MTV) for TV Maria’s TVM Session, which airs every Thursday in their FB Page, and experience how it feels to be a recording artist.
Prior to TV Maria’s Studio, the participants visited the Diocese of Cubao’s Studio C and were taught the basics of video and audio editing after being toured the Studio.
The Field Trip 2017’s last stop was at Radio Veritas Station for a tour of the radio booth and back end operations, aside from the Radio Reporting and Public Assistants (PA) Trainings conducted by Radio Veritas Operations Manager Ms. Rizza Mendoza and an orientation of CathoLink, the Catholic version of Google, by its I.T. Manager Mr. Adrian Tambuyat, O.P.
With the training done, it is expected that participants will now report directly their parish’s important activities as Flash Reports to Radio Veritas. The Parish SocComm Coordinators, on the other hand, who attended the said training will immediately begin their on-the-job-trainee as Public Assistants in the Hello Father 911 Segment of the Diocese, which is every Monday at 9PM-11PM.
A total of 38 out of the 50 participants who registered actually joined the event. These comprised representatives from six out of the 12 Vicariates of the Diocese: Christ The King Vicariate (Parishes of Christ The King-BF, Sto. Nino De Congreso, and Sto. Kristo Mission Area), Ina Ng Lupang Pangako Vicariate (Parish of Christ The King-Filinvest 2), San Isidro Labrador Vicariate (Parish of St. Joseph-Tandang Sora), Our Lady of Lourdes Vicariate (Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes), and Our Lady of Mercy Vicariate (Parishes of Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy, Immaculate Concepcion, and St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe).
The SocComm Nova Field Trip 2017, the Ministry’s first, was meant to help its members from the various parishes of the Diocese see the “bigger picture” of Catholic Communications in the Country and experience the legwork behind it. As such, it hopes to help them situate themselves on a macro level with regards to their important role as Communicators of the Catholic Church. (~Minnie Agdeppa)