10th Media monitor here (bonuses apply) #universityofthephilippines #UPDiliman

The 10th media monitor (or any bonus not yet submitted) can be posted here, with deadline extended to Wednesday Nov. 9, 2016 at 5pm.

23 thoughts on “10th Media monitor here (bonuses apply) #universityofthephilippines #UPDiliman

  1. Regine C. Gochuico
    (2nd Regular post)—10th media monitor
    2nd Regular: Narco-mayor Espinosa killed in jail
    The news article entitled Narco-mayor Espinosa killed in jail published in Philippine Star on November 5, 2016 reported by Kristine Bersamina .The report was about Rolando Espinosa being killed in jail last Saturday for allegedly using illegal fire arms. Another being killed for used of illegal drugs was Raul Yap. The killing was made because accordingly, the police recovered shabu and ammunition in their cell during the arrest warrant.
    The news article has violated some of the provisons of SPJ code of ethics. Which are as follows: (1.) Provide access to source material. (2.) Provide context (3.) Gather, update and correct information throughout the life of a news story. (4.) Take responsibility for the accuracy of their work. Verify information before releasing it. Use original sources whenever possible. This provisions are evidently not being applied on the part where the news reporter cited that Espinosa surrendered last October to Gen. dela Rosa because he was issued a shoot to kill order. This statement should provide the source (television or radio broadcast, for example) of where and when the shoot to kill order was really made. Likewise, where Espinosa surrendered to Gen. dela Rosa, is it being televised? In what channel and what view time it was shown? Since the information is not sufficient and detailed here, the readers might be misled or it might just be taking the news only as a hearsay or make up by someone or by the news reporter.

    Source: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/11/05/1640719/narco-mayor-espinosa-killed-jail


    The news article below published by Philstar narrates the death of a female student at a building at DLSU. Andrew Hall at DLSU was closed around 5PM because of a student who fell from the 20th floor. It also included several tweets regarding the scene and non graphic images accompanied the text.

    This article followed the KBP code of ethics because of several reasons. For one, it did not assume facts that may have not yet been confirmed. They also used images that were not graphic. There were no images depicting blood or gore, even if there have been photos circulating social media of the aftermath of the death. Moreover, the information of the student who fell was not revealed, which was a very good move by the publishers.



    Philippine Star article: Libingan burial for FM

    The article was generally a good one. It was well written and provided a lot of detailed information on what transpired during the decision-making process in the Supreme Court regarding the Burial of late President Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB). It included the reasons cited by the Supreme Court on why they have dismissed the petitions of the people to stop the Marcos burial in the LNMB. Also, the side of those who voted against were told in the article.

    What I found lacking in the article was at least a brief reaction from those groups or specific people who were against the decision. Since the reactions of the people who were pro-burial in LNMB were told in the last section, might as well include a glimpse of the reaction of those against. However, scanning the newspaper, I saw that there was an article right next to it devoted to the negative reaction on the SC ruling which I guess evens it out.

    Overall, the journalist responsible for the article was able to give verified facts, show two sides of the story, and provided context. (provisions covered: (a) Take responsibility for the accuracy of their work. Verify information before releasing it. (b) Provide context. Take special care not misinterpret or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story.)

    LINK: http://www.pressreader.com/philippines/the-philippine-star/20161109/textview

  4. 10th media monitor – [ Sixth Bonus Post]
    Comparative Review of the Media Coverage of Lakbayan 2016 and the Death of the King of Thailand

    Lakbayan 2016, the largest assemblage of different indigenous peoples along with the Moros is an essentially more important subject that the media should give attention to – since this gathering is a collective effort of our fellow Filipinos who experience repression, oppression and abuse in their own lands. Yet, this event almost coinciding with the death of the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, was given less emphasis, moreover by fellow Filipinos, Filipino journalists.

    Focusing on the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s coverage, the gathering of Moros and indigenous peoples was only presented in their Radyo Inquirer platform. The news article published as a transcript of the aural broadcast described the gathering briefly, and did not mention the killings, atrocities and violations done to the indigenous peoples by the transnational mining companies and the government itself. The news article entitled, “ Libu-libong Lumads, nakibahagi sa Lakbayan 2016; nagsagawa ng programa sa UP” merely stated the itineraries of the groups and their call for protection without the vivid details.
    The death of the King of Thailand on the other hand was given more attention by the Philippine Daily Inquirer providing context on who the Thai King is, his milestones in his reign, his battle with health problems, and the future of Thailand with his passing. A great number of articles were consecutively published including the tributes by other world leaders, the achievements of the deceased king and the legacy left.

    Compared with the Lakbayan, the king’s death was given more attention though logically, the Lakbayan is more essential as our own people are afflicted and are needing concrete solutions. Unfortunately, if it was not for the violent dispersal, the Moros’ and indigenous peoples’ voices will not be given public attention.

    This is a prominent violation of the SPJ Code of Ethics that states the responsibility to give voice to the voiceless. By limiting the coverage about the gathering prior to the dispersal, the obligation to boldly tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience was not actively performed. The coverage of the Philippine Daily Inquirer also violated the responsibility to provide context taking care not to misrepresent or oversimplify. In the radio Inquirer’s article, the indigenous people’s history was omitted, their causes simplified and their struggles not given due attention.

    This is a clear manifestation on how minorities are continuously oppressed by fellow Filipinos who have the ability to help them.

    Sources: http://radyo.inquirer.net/45727/libu-libong-lumads-nakibahagi-sa-lakbayan-2016-nagsagawa-ng-programa-sa-up

  5. 10th Media Monitor: Regular Post

    Reference Article: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/11/08/1641737/duterte-joking-russia-missiles

    The article “Duterte joking on Russia missiles”, published and updated by Philippine Star on November 8, is an update on President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement to buy missiles from Russia from November 7, Monday. This article includes clarifications made by presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella. As per the context provided by the article, “Duterte is known for injecting wisecracks in his speeches, keeping the media guessing whether he is issuing a policy statement or just joking.”

    According to the SPJ Code of Ethics, journalists must “provide context” and “gather, update and correct information throughout the life of a news story”. This was exemplified by the article. Furthermore, it also followed the provision, “identify sources clearly”.

    This news article is ethical, however incomplete. As of November 9, 12:48 pm, there are no new statements from Duterte regarding this matter. For this to provide a complete and ethical reportage, PhilStar (and other news sources for that matter) should conduct an interview with Duterte to clarify his statements and not just rely on his spokesperson to translate his pronouncements. This is to fulfill the provision to “take responsibility for the accuracy of their work, verify information before releasing it, and use original sources whenever possible” and “diligently seek subjects of news coverage”.


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