NEWS5 chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes is set to leave for Barcelona on November 12 to represent the Kapatid Network at News Xchange, the largest gathering of international broadcast news organizations in the world, which will be held from the 16th to the 18th of this month. The only Filipino broadcast journalist and executive at the event, she is slated to be a panelist in discussing “The Evolving Role of Journalism” alongside award-winning Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremayaw Anas.
The panel session is produced and moderated by mostly CNN personalities, like supervising producer Lisa Cohen whose The CNN Freedom Project led to the release of scores of modern day slaves. Pertaining to NEWS5’s coverage and emergency response system during times of calamities, Cohen said, “There are not many TV news organizations that have made a sustained, long-term commitment to a cause in the way that CNN and TV5 have. In fact, we might be the only ones who have done so.”
Meanwhile, Philippine TV’s first emergency response unit RESCUE5 was invited to present at the World Public Relations Forum 2012, a biennial meeting of over 700 thought leaders, practitioners, researchers and educators from 24 countries engaged in PR and communication. The Forum will be held in Melbourne, Australia from November 18 to 20. The organizers from Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management invited RESCUE5, led by head Sherryl Yao and licensed rescuers-journalists Paolo Bediones and Benjie Dorango, to discuss how NEWS5’s emergency rescue unit has played a vital role in giving information and extending help in a disaster-prone country like the Philippines via panel session titled “Communication and Global Crisis: a discussion on natural disasters and recoveries.”