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first_imgDubbed “Printegrity,” the 2019 PrintMedia Congress gathers some of the biggest personalities in the print industryunder one venue for an exchange of ideas and solutions to important issuesfacing the print media industry today. MANILA – The United Print Media Group(UPMG), the association the Philippines’ biggest and most respectednewspaper companies, holds its Print Media Congress (PrintCon) today at theRigodon Hall of Manila Hotel. It hinges on the theme “InnovatingPrint through Credible Content” to highlight the importance of integrity, credibilityand reliability in the delivery of news and information in this medium. Both Atienza and Sarmiento hope tocome up with congress resolutions and ratifications at the end of the congressto future-proof the industry. They believe that despite the challenges, thismoment also presents an incredible opportunity for the industry to reinventitself and innovate using it strongest asset: its ability to craft compelling,thought-provoking, credible content./PN This will be followed by a paneldiscussion on “Exploring New Businesses, New Opportunities for Print” to be ledby Lucien Dy Tioco, executive vice president of Philstar Media Group togetherwith Richard Alarcon, assistant vice president for advertising of ManilaBulletin, and Joyce Panares, news editor of Manila Standard. “Even in this digital age, it is ofprime importance that our news content be dependable regardless of whatplatform we have it,” according to Barbie Atienza, UPMG president. This year’s Print Media Congress willalso be highlighted by the presentation of a qualitative studycommissioned by UPMG on news and information consumption and how these canbring about new opportunities for print, by another keynote speaker, KantarMedia Head Jay Bautista. Alexandra Prieto-Romualdez, presidentand chief executive officer of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and AngelGuerrero, president and editor-in-chief of Adobo Magazine, will leadthe CEO Forum on “How to Reimagine the Business of News.” This sessionwill be moderated by BusinessWorld editor-in-chief Roby Alampay. Welcoming Print Media Congressdelegates to the City of Manila is no less than Mayor Francisco “Isko” DomagosoMoreno who will talk about “Leading Through Transparency and Integrity.” He added that almost all their membershave embraced the digital medium and yet maintain the discipline and the valuesof responsible journalism. UPMG vice president and congresschairman Jay Sarmiento also said the congress will stress the need to strategizetowards exploring new business models, new ways of doing things to respondeffectively to the changing demands of time. The whole day conference will featureas one of the keynote speakers Pichai Chuensuksawadi, consultant for ASEANMEDIA Forum and former editor-in-chief of Bangkok Post. He will present“Innovation in News Media: Transformation and Business Models.” For the final panel discussion, thetopic will be “Building Collaborations and Partnerships for a SustainableFuture for Print” with Chito Maniago, president of the Philippine Associationof National Advertisers; Andy Saracho, president of Public Relations Society ofthe Philippines; Dennis Perez, president of the Internet and Mobile MarketingAssociation of the Philippines; Donald Lim, president of the Media SpecialistsAssociation of the Philippines; and Alex Syfu, chairman of the AdvertisingStandards Council of the Philippines with past UPMG president Ricky Alegre asmoderator.last_img read more

first_imgJunior Griffin Smith doesn’t like to admit it, but his teammates insist he’s a perfectionist.Standing at 6-foot-3 and with a lean, athletic frame, Smith is hard to miss when he’s playing ultimate frisbee. He admits he’s not one of the team’s most skilled players, but as the president of the team, his attention to detail has become invaluable.Smith never wanted to be president. He wanted to be a captain, but realized the other players running for the position had more experience and knew the sport better, he said. This year, the club’s leadership made an overhaul by bringing in a new captain, two new coaches and a new president in Smith. He’s in charge of the team’s budget, planning tournaments and ensuring each member has filed the correct paperwork.“I don’t have that much game knowledge, Smith said, “So being able to help with logistics, paperwork, and making sure everything runs smoothly would probably help the team more than any strategy I give.”Luca Serio, one of three captains on the team, said Smith “really accelerated (to) the role of a president through his organization and ability to remain on top of things.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSmith ran for president unopposed, and now serves as the liaison between the club’s director and the rest of the team. He also coordinates game plans with the three team captains. Though Smith is nursing a pulled hamstring now, Serio said he’s noticed the improvements Smith has made as a player — Smith’s only been playing ultimate since his senior year of high school.“He continues to come to every practice, and he’s helping the other injured kids just get better,” Serio said. “He is determined to become a better thrower than I am, and he tells me that every day, and he does things in practice to prove it to me.”Trevor Kaminski, a freshman on the ultimate team, said Griffin and the rest of leadership made it a priority to foster a family-like bond amongst the team. One time, Smith invited a few rookies to the team house and cooked them ribs and macaroni and cheese. He then walked Kaminski home to Dellplain Hall to make sure he was safe.“I just see him as another resource,” Kaminski said. “He’s always positive and goes out of his way to help people, and it doesn’t matter who you are. He knows a lot about SU and even just life in general.”When Smith’s not on the field or running the ultimate frisbee club, he works as a student supervisor at MakerSpace, SU’s 3D printing and design studio. He’s also developed a Google Drive with homework, quizzes and tests to help engineering students on the ultimate team, Serio said.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorSmith is a mechanical engineering major, and he spends much of his free time — roughly 10 hours per week —in MakerSpace. He is currently working on two bioengineering projects. He leads a team in building a cheap bone drill for a nonprofit in India, and helps manufacture a rehabilitation device for patients with spinal stenosis.“He is always creating things, like magnets, stickers, and cutouts for t-shirts,” Serio said. “It’s pretty cool for him to be able to do that, and it’s really exciting to watch him go through all that stuff.”Despite a heavy course load —he also minors in computer science and biology — Smith said he’s not challenged by balancing his classwork with MakerSpace activities or the ultimate frisbee team, which practices three times a week and has tournaments on the weekends. Smith avoids all of social media except Facebook, he said, avoiding distractions that would “take away any bandwidth.”Smith spent the past summer working for CELLINK in Boston, Massachusetts, which makes 3D bioprinters. Smith said his dream job is to continue working with bioprinting, particularly the process of 3D printing with cells.“I have always wanted to help make something that can help save and improve people’s lives even after I’m gone, and I think this is certainly a way,” Smith said. Published on October 15, 2019 at 11:52 pm alsafaya@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more