The 4th Media Monitor (or any bonus) can be posted here #universityofthephilippines #UPDiliman

The fourth media monitor (or any of the bonuses) can be posted here with deadline extended to Wednesday 12 noon. Tnx.


  1. 4th regular media monitor

    5 arrested, minor rescued in cybersex den raid in Tondo
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    In the article, the identity of the minor who was also involved in the sexual activity was not disclosed. Moreover, the picture included in this news story blurs the face of the minor in order to protect her. This complied with PPI Code’s provision wherein “the identities and photographs of children and women who figure in the news as victims of sexual abuse (i.e. rape, incest, sexual harassment, prostitution, battering, etc.) must not be printed, and details about their personal circumstances and identities must be withheld.)”

    Also, the credibility of the primary source of information was clearly established. This also complies with SPJ Code’s provision: “Identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources.”

    This article that reports about cybersex issue involving a child was able to abide with the code of ethics provision.

  2. 4th regular media monitor

    Binay hits Roxas in Las Piñas sortie

    This article shows how Vice President Jejomar Binay criticizes presidential candidate Mar Roxas about his administration and Roxas’ leadership values. This article violates the provision in the PPI Expanded, where “Getting the other side is a must”, as well as “Ensure fair, accurate, and balanced reporting”. This article is not balanced at all, where it was solely focused on Binay. What Rappler should’ve done is get the side of Roxas as well in order for there to be rebuttal in what Binay said. Instead the whole report was focused on Binay and what Binay said that it was not informative at all.

    In addition to this, this report showed a lot of bias towards Binay because this report ended with a paragraph saying “For Binay, what other candidates are just promising now, he has already achieved as former mayor of Makati and current Vice President of the Philippines.” One can say that this report heavily favours Binay, which should not be the case because reports should try to be as objective as possible, especially when the topic is on presidential candidates.

  3. 4th Regular Media Monitor

    Parents, still aching over loss of baby, blame doc


    The news article is about the incident wherein a couple who were having a baby (the wife being in high-risk pregnancy) were denied admission in the UST hospital because of monetary considerations. I find it problematic that the article seems to be biased towards the couple in this article. It violates the SPJ code of ethics where it states that journalists should minimize harm and “balance the public’s need for information against potential harm or discomfort” and “show compassion for those who may be affected by news coverage”. The article used sentences such as, “Baby Vince Adrian might have been buried six feet beneath the ground but the pain remains in the hearts of his parents,” and “…hoping that the social media-labelled “baby killer” and “evil doctor” at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Hospital will be sanctioned”. It looks a lot like the article is bent on painting a very negative picture of the doctor at UST. I do not think it is necessary to do so for it is an appeal to emotion and makes readers angry at the doctor rather than see the bigger picture, which is the faulty health system here in the Philippines.

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