Ryan Chua: Pinoy reporter in London

Some of my friends are from the news industry (bilang nanggaling din ako dun) but I seldom watch the news (dahil ayaw ko sila makita, chos!). This is why I didn’t even realize that my good friend, Ryan Chua of ABS-CBN, has already been gone from “TV Patrol” for quite some time now (parang “missing” lang o “wanted?”). I just learned from common friends that he pursued his plans of studying in London and left the country last September (akala ko kasi joke lang!). Good thing there’s Twitter and Facebook so I am still able to communicate with him (panay naman kasi post niya ng pics!).

“I applied for a Chevening scholarship early last year. As the flagship scholarship scheme of the British government, it gives professionals from various countries the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in their chosen fields at a UK university, and use whatever they learned to help their countries,” Ryan says (matanggap kaya ako kung ako mag-apply?!).

Some 11 Filipinos got fully-funded scholarships and Ryan is lone one from media. He is currently enrolled in City University London’s MA International Journalism programme and he is enjoying it a lot. “I can say I am having the best time of my life so far. London is such an exciting place to live and study in,” he says (makabili nga ng bahay sa London para ma-experience ’yan!).

[caption id="attachment_78930" align="alignright" width="256"] Ryan Chua (Photo from his Facebook account)[/caption]

Part of his course is to learn how to work independently as journalist. This means gathering, shooting, editing and writing stories alone while improving his multimedia reporting skills (in short, ikaw na Ryan! Ikaw na!).

“I got to be critiqued and mentored by some of the best in the UK’s journalism industry, and had the chance to listen and ask questions to journalists who work for the international media. I am also given the opportunity to critically reflect on my journalism through courses on media theory and the completion of a dissertation at the end of the programme,” he shares (i-friend mo sila, para friends ko na rin sila!).

As early as now, Ryan has started applying what he has learned so far by producing a story on homeless people in London which required him to go out late at night to shoot interviews and spend time with people who sleep on the streets (baka pagbalik nya, sa DSWD na siya mag-work!).

“Doing journalism in a city as large and vibrant as London is always memorable and exciting… even more so because I am doing it alone,” Ryan says (samahan kita diyan, bro!).

As TV Patrol Reporter, Ryan has covered a number of news beats and received commendations from his superiors. With this new development in his career, a lot of people are anticipating more well-produced stories from him especially when he returns to ABS-CBN in September this year (naghihintay na ang mga fans mo!).

This London experience may give the 25-year-old graduate of the Ateneo de Manila even better foundation for his future career plans.

“I want to be an international journalist covering the Philippines and Southeast Asia. I hope to deliver compelling stories from our region to the rest of the world” (sige, sayo ang world, akin ang universe! Push!).

(MR.FU hosts on 106.7 Energy FM, 8 a.m., Monday to Friday and TV5. Twitter: @mrfu_mayganon)