The 1st Regular Media Monitor or bonus monitor can be posted here #universityofthephilippines #UPDiliman

The 1st regular media monitor or 1st bonus can be posted here (Fair, Foolish, or in a Fix: good practice, violation, or dilemma), with deadline on Tuesday Feb. 2 at 12 noon.
Instructions have been given in class. (As stated before: Students may use pseudonyms or pen names, and conceal their faces, and may also use their own platforms and simply paste the links in the comments section. (If pseudonymous, pls provide the department assistant with your pen name). Pls use the comments section of this post. As stated, the media monitor commentary may either by typed as text in the comments section or as a link leading to the post in the platform of the classmember/ post author. Pls type in the first line whether the post is a regular media monitor [1st Regular Media Monitor) or a bonus post (1st Bonus Post) to aid the checker in locating and categorizing each box. Tnx).

     Baseless rants will not merit any points – the commentary should use, cite, and quote the pertinent provisions of the 2014 SPJ Code of Ethics as taken up in class this week. Failure to provide the pertinent provision will result in a score of zero. The SPJ provisions have been provided in the handouts distributed in class this week. They were also discussed in powerpoint in class. For students who are completely incapable of reading the handouts given to them, the provisions taken up in class are embedded below, before the end of this post, in blue font.
As a heads-up, the following are the first two bonuses that can be posted in lieu of a regular media monitor [as stated, only one media monitor per week (which can either be a regular media monitor or a bonus post) is allowed to avoid cramming and jamming up of posts: the purpose of observing the weekly media monitor is to build the daily habit of reading/ viewing media content with discernment).
On occasion of the Chinese New Year on Feb. 8 and Valentines Day on the 14th, the following are the first two bonuses:
1st bonus post: Advertorials (the holidays are always commercialized: the media will churn out ads and promos disguised as news features). Choose from any of the following 2014 SPJ Code of Ethics provisions (these provisions will be taken up next week, this bonus can be posted at any time in lieu of a regular media monitor as long as only one media monitor per week is posted. Students who think/ feel they can tackle this in advance can do so, and post it as  their bonus here in the first media monitor. Again, to repeat:  the bonus post can be submitted at any time as long as only one media monitor per week is posted.)
For the 1st Bonus on Advertorials, choose from any of these provisions: “ACT INDEPENDENTLY
“ The highest and primary obligation of ethical journalism is to serve the public
Journalists should:
– Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived. Disclose unavoidable conflicts.
– Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and avoid political and other outside activities that may compromise integrity or impartiality, or may damage credibility.
– Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; do not pay for access to news. Identify content provided by outside sources, whether paid or not.
– Deny favored treatment to advertisers, donors or any other special interests, and resist internal and external pressure to influence coverage.
– Distinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two. Prominently label sponsored content.” (2014 SPJ)

      To give students additional advance notice, the second bonus will be on news feature reports that show “superstitious and pseudo-scientific beliefs and practices, such as supernatural powers, foretelling of the future, astrology, phrenology, palm-reading, numerology, mind-reading, hypnotism, faith healing or similar subjects”.

      These abound in the run-up to the Chinese New Year, hence, the advance notice.

     Here are the pertinent provisions of the KBP Broadcast Code: “Art. 13 SUPERSTITION AND THE OCCULT: “Sec.1 Programs featuring superstitious and pseudo-scientific beliefs and practices, such as supernatural powers, foretelling of the future, astrology, phrenology, palm-reading, numerology, mind-reading, hypnotism, faith healing or similar subjects shall be careful not to induce belief in them. Care shall be taken to prevent the exploitation of people who may be easily swayed by such superstitious and pseudo-scientific beliefs and practices.
“Sec.2.Programs or program materials that promote or encourage occult practices, black magic, witchcraft, and similar activities are prohibited.” (KBP Broadcast Code)
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For the first regular media monitor: (2014 SPJ): “SEEK TRUTH AND REPORT IT
“Ethical journalism should be accurate and fair. Journalists should be honest and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information.
Journalists should:
– Take responsibility for the accuracy of their work. Verify information before releasing it. Use original sources whenever possible.
– Remember that neither speed nor format excuses inaccuracy.
– Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story.
– Gather, update and correct information throughout the life of a news story.
– Be cautious when making promises, but keep the promises they make.
– Identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources.
– Consider sources’ motives before promising anonymity. Reserve anonymity for sources who may face danger, retribution or other harm, and have information that cannot be obtained elsewhere. Explain why anonymity was granted.
– Diligently seek subjects of news coverage to allow them to respond to criticism or allegations of wrongdoing.
– Avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information unless traditional, open methods will not yield information vital to the public.
– Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable. Give voice to the voiceless.
– Support the open and civil exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.
– Recognize a special obligation to serve as watchdogs over public affairs and government. Seek to ensure that the public’s business is conducted in the open, and that public records are open to all.
– Provide access to source material when it is relevant and appropriate.
– Boldly tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience. Seek sources whose voices we seldom hear.
– Avoid stereotyping. Journalists should examine the ways their values and experiences may shape their reporting.
– Label advocacy and commentary.
– Never deliberately distort facts or context, including visual information. Clearly label illustrations and re-enactments.
– Never plagiarize. Always attribute.
“MINIMIZE HARM
“Ethical journalism treats sources, subjects, colleagues and members of the public as human beings deserving of respect.
Journalists should:
– Balance the public’s need for information against potential harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance or undue intrusiveness.
– Show compassion for those who may be affected by news coverage. Use heightened sensitivity when dealing with juveniles, victims of sex crimes, and sources or subjects who are inexperienced or unable to give consent. Consider cultural differences in approach and treatment.
– Recognize that legal access to information differs from an ethical justification to publish or broadcast.
– Realize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than public figures and others who seek power, influence or attention. Weigh the consequences of publishing or broadcasting personal information.
– Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity, even if others do. xxx (2014 SPJ)

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24 thoughts on “The 1st Regular Media Monitor or bonus monitor can be posted here #universityofthephilippines #UPDiliman

  1. 1st Regular Media Monitor

    ‘DNA test’ on Bongbong shows he’s related to Poe

    http://www.mb.com.ph/dna-test-on-bongbong-shows-hes-related-to-poe/

    According to the report, ““A DNA test purportedly conducted on Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. indicated that he is related to presidential aspirant Sen. Grace Poe.” This title is very misleading to the readers because if you continue to read the report, you’ll later find out that the DNA test was actually fraudulent, as attested by the chief executive officer of DNA Solutions Philippines, Jaime Lazatin. Lazatin denied the fact that DNA Solutions had a scientist named Julie Ludovico, whose signature appeared in the test. The sender of the test results are still unidentified.

    According to the 2014 SPJ Code of Ethics, journalists should “Identify sources clearly”. The title itself is already misleading, and you then later find out that the test results were fraudulent. This article clearly showed how the writer clearly did not double check her sources. This is a useless article because it is not value adding in anyway. Even Grace Poe, though thankful that there were people trying to help her look for her blood relatives, said that they “should first verify the authenticity of the report”. Manila Bulletin didn’t identify the source of the report and did not deserve to be reported at all.

  2. First Regular Media Monitor
    Comm 110

    ARMM had the most ‘overspending’ candidates in past elections
    from: http://www.rappler.com/nation/politics/elections/2016/120613-armm-campaign-overspending-comelec

    This news article in Rappler reports about the overspending cases in the past elections, specifically the case of ARMM where there was said to have the highest case of overspending in 2013. In line with the SPJ Code of Ethics provision “Seek truth and report it”, “Recognize a special obligation to serve as watchdogs over public affairs and government. Seek to ensure that the public’s business is conducted in the open, and that public records are open to all.” By publishing this report, Rappler adheres to this provision by making public the records on the expenses of candidates in the elections and more importantly, by checking whether the rules on election expenses are followed, true to its mandate of serving as “watchdogs” of society. Furthermore, it also airs the side of Comelec to obtain answers as to how the violators can be held accountable. It is also worth noting how they provided their sources in the data on campaign expenses and poverty incidence available in the article, from Comelec and NSCB respectively. At the end of the article, they also provided the contact detail of the Comelec Campaign Finance Office. This adheres on the provision regarding sources, “Identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge reliability and motivations of sources.” Overall, given its compliance with multiple provisions in the SPJ Code of Ethics, this article can be considered an example of fair reporting and ethical practice of journalism.

  3. http://newsmobile.abs-cbn.com/nation/regions/02/01/16/driver-tries-to-stab-tony-calvento-report/

    This news report by ABS-CBN News talks about how Calvento’s (a veteran journalist) driver allegedly tried to stab Calvento after being “scolded” for “raising his voice to the maids”. This news report clearly fails to report both sides of the story since they were not able to include the statement of the driver. Therefore, there is some bias towards the veteran journalist. The news report made it seem that it is solely the driver who is at fault at the incident when there could be other, undisclosed motivations for such action. For example, the driver could have done it for self defense after Calvento could not have only “scolded” him, but could have also hurt him physically. However, the news report only reported the statement of Calvento, leaving the driver (who apparently ran away) without a chance to explain himself to the public.

  4. First Media Monitor
    Comm 110

    Ombudsman statement aimed at Binay–Palace
    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/760649/ombudsman-statement-aimed-at-binay-palace

    This article points out about the Ombudsman’s statement on Jejomar Binay’s corruption allegations. This report was able to give both sides of the story since Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda and UNA president Toby Tiancgo were asked to give comments about the issue. The sources were also clearly identified and the author was able to properly cite their statements. It is very important to give appropriate reference (i.e. presidential spokesperson, UNA president) to them because it could strengthen the public’s view about its credibility and accuracy. This is in accordance with the SPJ Code of Ethics because identifying sources clearly is needed to make the people receive the information that they are entitled to have. Moreover, the article complies with the SPJ Code’s provision to “diligently seek subjects of news coverage to allow them to respond to criticism or allegations of wrongdoing.” Hence, Tiangco was able to respond to the criticisms about their standard bearer Jejomar BInay. However, I think that it is better if Binay himself could give reaction about such allegations.

    In another provision which states: “support the open and civil exchange of views, even views they find repugnant,” the article was able to comply with it because there are different statements and opinions presented in the story. Some were really offending to the other party, but the author was able to present it in a way wherein there is no tint of bias.

  5. 1st regular media monitor
    (Comm 110)

    http://kickerdaily.com/mar-roxas-spends-p279m-duterte-only-p85k/

    According to the SPJ Code of Ethics, “Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable. Give voice to the voiceless”

    The article opens up the eyes of the people as to how the politicians use their money for campaigns. This article not just openly exposes the expenses of the politicians, also gives way to another provision of the SPJ Code of Ethics, which states that: “support the open and civil exchange of views, even views they find repugnant” Especially now in the election season, one would be curious how these politicians have made their campaigns, one can also think about weigh whether the consequences of spending money for campaigns can be beneficial to the citizens when the person is elected. Also, the site clearly stated the sources where they got the infographics as well as the statistics, which is from COMELEC. This can be considered as another fact following the SPJ Code of Ethics, which states that sources should be credited properly.

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