Renowned broadcaster visits BU as lecturer on responsible crisis coverage

Friday March 1,2019

Renowned crisis correspondent Jeff Canoy visited Bicol University this 01 March 2019 to discuss responsible media practice with BU students, during the “Reporting from the Margins: The Role of Journalism in Covering Crisis and Conflict Situations” activity  that was held in the BU College of Arts and Letters (BUCAL) Amphitheatre in Legazpi City.

As a career broadcaster in one of the major media organizations in the Philippines, Jeff is a veteran when it comes to covering crisis scenarios like natural disasters and major armed incidences in the country. He has visited many crisis zones and has covered events that had a major impact in the Philippines modern day history like the Marawi Siege, as well as disaster scenarios ranging from typhoons to volcanic eruptions.

Aside from news broadcasting, Jeff Canoy also creates timely documentaries and is currently hosting a TV show that teaches disaster response and mitigation. Thus, through all his outstanding work, he was recognized by the Canadian government and recently became the youngest recipient of the McLuhan Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism in 2018.

Now, Jeff is also involved in imparting knowledge in responsible journalism to future media practitioners as a speaker in the McLuhan Forum Series on Responsible Media –one of which is the forum held in BUCAL this MARCH 01. He was glad to have been the speaker in the forum in Albay, saying with pride that his family has roots in the town of Tiwi, Albay.

The said forum in BU was organized through the partnership of BUCAL and the Canadian Embassy. The activity began with BU Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Dr. Helen M. Llenaresas delivering the welcoming remarks in behalf of BU President Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, who was currently in Manila for an equally important matter.

Dr. Llenaresas expressed her gratitude to the guests and organizers of the forum as it surely would contribute to the BU communication students’ holistic growth as it instills the virtue of responsibility. After Dr. Llenaresas’ speech, Mr. Carlo Figueroa, the Public Affairs Attache of the Embassy of Canada, introduced the resource person of the forum.

In his discussion on proper coverage of crisis situations, Jeff Canoy presented the proper media practices he has learned throughout his years of experience. He reinforced his talking points by presenting audio-video clips and footages of his coverage of the Marawi Siege.

After his lecture, the forum proceeded with taking the audiences’ reaction on the topic. There was also an open forum where the participants asked questions to Jeff for clarification and additional knowledge.