Happy to present a lecture on the relationship (or at least one kind of relationship) between journalism and history to core history students (that is, non-history majors enrolled in history subjects that are part of the core curriculum) at the Ateneo de Manila University yesterday. I thought the questions from the audience were the real highlight; unfortunately, this copy of the lecture is all I got!
The “first rough draft” AND history
Journalism as source and resource
LET ME START AT THE BEGINNING—at the beginning, that is, of Jose Rizal’s public career, as leader of the Filipino nationalists.
On June 25, 1884, a banquet was held in a Madrid restaurant to honor the pioneering achievement of two Filipino painters. Juan Luna had just won a gold medal at the Exposicion de Bellas Artes; Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo completed the triumph with a silver medal. Luna was only 26, Hidalgo 29. The previous Thursday, Rizal had just turned 23.
The day after the dinner, a newspaper with moderate leanings, El Imparcial—perhaps today we can render that idiomatically as The Independent—published a lengthy news story about the event. It was 24 paragraphs long, and ran on the front page. Continue reading