DAVAO CITY - The Communicate Sports, a free two-day Sports Journalism for the Youth seminar, ended on a high note at The Royal Mandaya Hotel yesterday with some 300 participants from the region of Davao and other Mindanao areas clamoring for more opportunities to learn.
 
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) public communications office head Emmalyn Perez de Tagle-Bamba, said that the seminar, presented by PSC, got positive feedbacks from participants.
 
"We asked the participants to fill up evaluation and personal data sheets for our data base. All topics in the two-day seminar got positive feedbacks. They suggest that in future undertakings we could include sports broadcasting, writing sports editorials and columns, to have longer workshops and critique and how to cover a live sports event," Bamba said.
 
Yesterday, Sun.Star Davao sports editor Marianne L. Saberon-Abalayan, during her sportswriting lecture, said that sportswriters are a special breed considering the special jargons that they have to learn not just in one event but in most sports that they need to cover.
 
She, however, said, "You don't have to learn everything about any sport at once, it's a continuing process of learning. Read more how other sports stories are written. Watch a live game. Watch games on TV and listen to the commentators and understand how the games are being played."
 
Abalayan also underscored the importance of establishing networks with sources like coaches and athletes in their respective schools for better accessibility in their new gathering.
 
Veteran columnist and professor Ed Fernandez, meanwhile, talked about photography and designing the sports page. He urged them to put prominence on good action photos to keep the sports page alive.      
 
PSC Commissioner Charles Raymond A. Maxey led the awarding of certificates of participation to all participants in a simple closing ceremony.
 
Bamba said next stop of the seminar will be in Batangas.
 
"We also plan to have one in Cebu," she added. PSC-PSI