Chronicles of a Student Journalist: 15 Seconds

Whenever I see students in platform heels and day dresses during the Comguild Conference, I ask myself, “Do they really dress that way? Or are they trying to get noticed in the hope of becoming a television personality?”

I have attended the Annual Conference of Journalism and Mass Communication students by the Comguild for 3 years, as a requirement for courses. In my first year, I ignore the fashion statements. I was there for my academics, I could care less about what others are doing.

From singing contests…

There have been times during the program when they would ask if there are willing volunteers to go on stage to show what they got. Immediately, a number of students would rush to the stage. I was amazed at their guts. If ever I had the talent asked by the hosts, I wouldn’t dare go.


What made me felt rather annoyed by these “bibo” kids is during this year’s conference when students who would like to sing were requested onstage. The organizers were still waiting for the Hall of Fame Awardee. So, as a sort of ice breaker, students were asked to participate in a sort of singing contest.

More than 20 students ran to the stage, much to the surprise of the hosts. Due to their number, the hosts asked them to sing just two lines of the song of choice. Well, I think these students would try to milk their few seconds of fame. Ignoring what the hosts ask, almost everyone sang their heart out from a whole stanza to half a song. A few ones were obedient.

Only six got to sing before the Hall of Fame awardee received his trophy. The rest got to sing after.

To star searchs…


When Ted Failon was awarded the Hall of Fame for Best Male News Presenter in the 8th Conference of Journalism and Mass Communication students, he asked the students what they want to become after they graduate. “Anchor? Radio Announcer?” To the first two, only a few hands were raised. When finally he asked, “Artista?” the majority immediately raised their arms. I winced at the thought.

With that in mind, I asked again, “Did they attend the conference to learn more about the profession or to experience being in a room (a large one at that) with the prominent media personalities?” I seriously hope it was the latter. But it could get worse. They might be hoping to get people from the networks to notice them and be in the spotlight.

Has everybody been so fame-crazed? Have they no idea on how difficult life of the public figure is?

… and don’t get me started on those who seem to ask the speakers questions just for the sake of being noticed. I’ve lost count of the number of times my eyes rolled.


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