on inventions, crime, weather

“The Discovery of Fire” By Rene Magritte, 1934/35. Oil on panneau. 22.8 x 15.5 cm. Private collection. From abcgallery.com Notes posted by student no. 7 unedited by blog administrator


Quote “Last Saturday, August 18, 2007, “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” featured a story on how great Filipinos are when it comes to inventions and creativity. A few Filipinos exhibited their creations such as vitamin-beer and a machine which can be used simultaneously both as a refrigerator and a cloth-dryer, to name a few.


Quote “ A student from Philippine Science High School was interviewed in the latter part of the report. The said school was known for its superiority in training students’ creative and imaginative minds. The student, a guy, related how such training really helped, for students like him. However, proper attribution (name and designation) was neglected in that portion, a violation of the KBP Code of Ethics for Television.


Quote “Under the KBP Code,”Voice and video clips of persons involved in the news shall be properly identified.” This is to acknowledge those persons for expressing their ideas and sharing their opinions on the issue at hand. Also, this is to let the viewers know who the sources are.


Quote “Same violation was also committed by the same TV program, on the same day, when it presented a brief account of global warming. On its discussion of the effects of global warming, Jessica Soho reported that the unpredictable changes in weather brought by global warming caused the high-level flooding in various places in the country, as well as the drying out of lands in the provinces. In line with this, interviews with people living in those affected areas were presented. Reactions of two residents from Navotas City were aired. However, both were not properly attributed.


Quote “All three people involved in the said violations were not prominent ones nor authoritative. However, no matter how short their reactions or comments were, it is still a must to put their names and designations, not only to acknowledge them, but also for the viewers to know who those persons are.” Closed-quote. Aug 20, 1:06 PM —





Notes Posted by Student # 3

“The Voyeur” by Salvador Dali ca. 1921. Gouache on cardboard. 32 x 50 cm. Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation, Figueras, Spain, from abcgallery.com


Quote “After having a series of reports on jeepney hold-up incidents, TV Patrol decided to broadcast a report telling how jeepney hold-uppers usually operate. According to the report, its purpose was to inform the unsuspecting public about the SOP of hold-uppers. Also, they said that the public would then be ready to avoid these hold-ups, if possible or if not, then they would know how to cope with these incidents.


Quote “The report specified the modus operandi of hold-uppers. It said hold-uppers usually come in three so they can execute their operations more smoothly. Two would sit at the back with the other passengers, and the other one would stay in the front passenger seat, so somebody can tell the jeepney driver just exactly what the hold-uppers want him to do. Snatchers usually are more subtle, although just as dangerous. They are the ones who usually resort to distraction and other inconspicuous techniques to snatch objects off the pockets of the passengers, the report said. Indiscreet hold-uppers, on the other hand, are the ones who carry and brandish weapons, such as small guns and knives, to threaten the passengers.


Quote “The TV Patrol report may have been intended for the good of the public, but the reporters and the newsmen overlooked the possibility that the report also reaches those of devious minds who are still planning to execute a hold-up incident, and are still working out just how they are going to go about it. In that case, the report also helped potential hold-uppers and snatchers in committing crimes more efficiently because they have seen on TV, and on a public affairs program at that, just how the expert hold-uppers do their thing.Aug 20, 10:31 AM —“ closed-quote.




Notes posted by Madel Martin
Comm 191 – WWX
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“The Shipwreck” by Henri-Edmond Cross, c.1906-07. Oil on canvas. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France.


Quote “ “Weather Weather Lang” is a portion of TV Patrol World hosted by Kim “Kuya Kim” Atienza that gives the latest update on the country’s weather conditions. After that is the “Ulat Kaalaman” and as the title suggests, it gives information on just about anything: from plants, animals, to the latest innovation in technology.


Quote “But the most remarkable feature of Kuya Kim’s “Ulat Kaalaman” is the fact that viewers can actually learn something from his trivia. Last August 16, 2007, while people are worried and panicking over the storm, he featured the process of knowing when and how to determine if there will be suspension of classes during typhoons. It was timely especially because even if typhoon Egay was not directly affecting Metro Manila and the nearby provinces, it was raining hard and there was flooding in several places. There were not even storm signals in most affected areas.


Quote “The “Ulat Kaalaman” showed that media is performing its responsibility of informing the public of important and relevant matters. It reflects how media can and should consider the welfare of the general public in delivering news and disseminating information. In this case, the viewers could now understand when will classes be suspended, where to ask about it, how the process of determining is done, and who decides on the matter.Aug 20, 5:41 AM” closed-quote.



7 thoughts on “on inventions, crime, weather

  1. j192
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    good practice

    The National broadband Network(NBN) issue had gone a long way since it started. It got messier and scandalous each day. The media had been feasting on every development each day as if we’re watching a ‘soap opera’. But amidst this festivity, I remembered one good practice done by GMA 7.

    I was watching 24 Oras last Sept. 18 and came across their news feature about the NBN. I think it was good of them to actually take time to research about what the national broadband concept really is. I presume that not every Filipino is aware of how the national broadband works and yet they are plague with all the scandals of the NBN contract with ZTE. I must admit, I too, was also enlightened somehow.

    24 Oras also got many sources to help explain how the national broadband works. They explained that the NBN has the goal of connecting all government offices and agencies for a faster and more efficient service. The Department of Transportation and Communication as well as The University of the Philippines (UP) were one of the sources. UP has what is called Dilnet which connects the UP system that makes the transfer of files and other activities faster.

    Their feature of the broadband process for me is a good practice. They researched more about the history, implications and importance of the topic. They did not just dwell on the personalities and developments of the issue. As a reporter, one must be knowledgeable about a certain topic and must get all the possible sources that are experts on it.

  2. On September 21, 2007, the Student Alliance for the Advancement of the Democratic Rights in UP (STAND-UP) organized an event to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. The event was attended by several student organizations, fraternities and sororities, who spread leaflets, flags and placards on the floor of the Palma Hall lobby in UP Diliman. Moments after the program began several reporters from different media organizations arrived. Some, if not most of the photographers began rearranging the placards that the student organizations had arranged, and began taking photos at the angle they desired.
    The program was moved to the front steps of the said building, and the reporters not only followed but began rearranging the attendees as well, making them sit and stand where they (the reporters) saw fit. Some even rubbed their chins as if in contemplation of a stage performance. The program included several performances from theater groups. Even as the performances began, the photographers continued to take photos of the protesters and spectators. After the first performance, the photographers asked one of the performers to pose and freeze in the final position the group had executed. After this performance, the first of many, most of them departed.
    What is quite disconcerting about this event is the apparent manipulation of the scenes they are supposed to photograph. It is not their business to create photogenic scenes out of the symbolic practices of these groups, or of any other group for that matter, or create scenes that would look controversial or pleasing. It is supposed to be a media practitioner’s role to be an observer and not a director. Finally, these events should be covered completely and not in parts. The various groups present had different angles covered and different ways of expression and commemoration of that historic event. When not covered as completely as possible, some vital aspects may be missed.

  3. In the September 25, 2007 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the article entitled “Cris Mendez’s Ma Gets Offer to Settle Case” by Jeannette I. Andrada, the mother of suspected hazing victim Cris Anthony Mendez was reportedly offered a sum of money in exchange for the family not filing a case in court. According to the report, the sources cited requested anonymity; however, they are very close to the Mendez family. Apparently the measure of credibility of the source was their proximity to the family of Mendez, however, because actual relations were not clearly stated, this credibility could still be questionable.
    The statements of the mother were also translated into English from Filipino. Given that there are no direct translations of some Filipino words to English, it could be questioned why the exact words were not placed instead. Perhaps direct quotes would have done better.
    The story was not followed up (at least regarding the issue of an out-of-court settlement) by the newspaper. A later report from the Philippine Collegian where Mendez’s aunt Ely Andaya confirmed that an unidentified man had indeed offered the family an out of court settlement to discourage them from going to court.

  4. The article “Burma Junta Ignores UN; Activists Arrested Nightly” in the October 5, 2007 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer is laudable in several ways. First, it referred to the country in both is popular and historical names (Burma and Myanmar) and the same for the city in question (Rangoon as Yangon). The attention given to such details emphasizes the rather colorful history of Burma (Myanmar) and its condition under the military rule, as well as the changes that took place over the years. The current state of affairs was also historicized by relaying the significant events in 1962, 1988 and the elections of 1990, hence dismissing any form of trivialization of the events that took place and are taking place in Rangoon. The gravity, historical among others, of the situation is given proper recognition as a connection to its nation’s state.
    Aside from providing readers with a clear background on the Burmese State, the report also emphasized different points of view from various nations and individuals affected by the country’s current condition. Among these sources are the US Head of Mission Shari Villarosa, residents of Rangoon, and representatives from organizations such as Crisis Action and the European Union.
    If there is a point to be criticized about the article, perhaps it is that the story was the product of merging several stories from newswires such as AFP, AP, and Reuters.

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