3rd Media Monitor here (bonuses apply)1st class deadline extended #universityofthephilippines #UPDiliman

3rd Media Monitor here

(bonuses apply) 1st class deadline extended

The 3rd Media Monitor can be posted here. Or any bonus not yet posted. The deadline is extended to Wednesday, March 1 at 12 noon.

(as announced in class and as stated many times before, there are no media monitor assignments in the week before the exam. One media monitor posted here last week will be considered an “advance” and will be credited to the following week, with the same proviso: only one post per week will be credited).          

     As  stated before, provisions of the 2014 SPJ, PPI, or PPI Expanded may be used.  

Happy viewing/ reading/ writing!

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23 thoughts on “3rd Media Monitor here (bonuses apply)1st class deadline extended #universityofthephilippines #UPDiliman

  1. [Third Media Monitor]

    http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/27/17/mga-transport-group-sa-probinsya-lumahok-sa-tigil-pasada

    This article in ABS-CBN news is features several transport groups outside Manila that also participated in the strike against the phase out of old jeepneys and the required P7 million minimum capital for jeepney operators. This article is reviewed by the SPJ Code of Ethics 2014 which states that a journalist should, “boldly tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience. Seek sources whose voices we seldom hear.” Since this event became a nationwide transport strike, it is also important to know how the strike affects communities outside the capital city. The article featured provinces in Visayas such as Negros Occidental, Iloilo, and Tacloban.

  2. http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/02/28/1676483/transport-holiday-strands-thousands-mm

    This article from the Philippine Star’s online arm, philstar.com, entitled “Transport holiday strands thousands in MM” discusses the impacts of Monday’s strike on daily commuters. It gives two sides to the event showing that Piston president George San Mateo said around 80 percent of jeeps in the NCR were inactive while LTFRB member Aileen Lizada said only 1 percent of the daily commuting population was affected as they only assisted approximately 7,000 people. The article then goes on to Lizada’s explanation of why the phase out is important.

    Though little space was spent on Piston’s side, the fact that both perspectives on the event were taken into consideration follows the expanded version of the PPI Code of Ethics which states that stories should be, “fair, accurate, and balanced.” It also coincides with the SPJ Code of Ethics saying that journalists should, “support the open and civil exchange of views.”

  3. [Third Media Monitor]

    http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/02/28/1676483/transport-holiday-strands-thousands-mm

    This article from the Philippine Star’s online arm, philstar.com, entitled “Transport holiday strands thousands in MM” discusses the impacts of Monday’s strike on daily commuters. It gives two sides to the event showing that Piston president George San Mateo said around 80 percent of jeeps in the NCR were inactive while LTFRB member Aileen Lizada said only 1 percent of the daily commuting population was affected as they only assisted approximately 7,000 people. The article then goes on to Lizada’s explanation of why the phase out is important.

    Though little space was spent on Piston’s side, the fact that both perspectives on the event were taken into consideration follows the expanded version of the PPI Code of Ethics which states that stories should be, “fair, accurate, and balanced.” It also coincides with the SPJ Code of Ethics saying that journalists should, “support the open and civil exchange of views.”

  4. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/876072/all-out-war-vs-abu-sayyaf

    This article listed under the ‘News’ section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, titled “All-out war vs Aby Sayyaf” talks of the rising conflict after the execution of a German hostage by said group.

    The author makes statements such as “There is only one way for the government to completely neutralize Abu Sayyaf: Declare an all-out war against the bandit group and its protector, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).” and “During the Mindanao war, Muslim rebels also killed innocent Christians.” The statements, as well as the article are in violation of the following articles of The SPJ Code of Ethics 2014:
    (1) Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story. – due to the fact that the title of the article itself is highly misleading, making allusions to statements never even mentioned by the government in any official statements.
    (2) Avoid Stereotyping. Journalists should examine the ways their values and experiences may shape their reporting. – due to author labeling the terrorist group in a line as “Muslim rebels”, when all thing considered, the usage of the proper names of the groups would be enough.
    (3) Label advocacy and commentary. – due to the fact that the entire article falls under the ‘News’ section instead of the ‘Opinion’ section. The author also making a statement such as “Let us not kid ourselves: The Abu Sayyaf can’t exist without the protection of the MNLF.” without providing any sources or backup.

  5. THIRD BONUS POST ON ADVERTORIALS

    http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/254413/love-full-bloom-total/

    Under the SPJ Code of Ethics, it has been stated that journalists should “distinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two. Prominently label sponsored content”

    The article posted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer adheres to the provision cited above since the advertorial was properly labeled and tagged–they have an archive in their online portal exclusive for advertorials and branded content. Also, there is an ‘ADVT’ label at the end of the article. Since the ADVT label uses bold and uppercase letters, it is prominent enough to be noticed. Hence, it can be said that the article is sufficiently and prominently labeled.

  6. THIRD MEDIA MONITOR (REGULAR)

    http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/28/17/look-8-year-old-boy-reunited-with-parents-after-7-months-in-captivity

    The article talks about an 8-year-old boy who had been released after being held captive by the Abu Sayyaf for almost 7 months. The boy was released on Monday (January 27) and had been reunited with his parents in Manila.

    In mentioning news that involves minors, one has to be very cautious. As stated with the PPI Code of Ethics, Justice, it states that:

    I shall presume persons accused of crime of being innocent until proven otherwise. I shall exercise caution in publishing names of minors, and women involved in criminal cases so that they may not unjustly lose their standing in society.

    In line with this, the article does follow good practice because it doesn’t mention the boy’s name at all. Instead, what is mentioned is his age, his parents and the situation that he underwent. It is important to note however that his name did get mentioned by Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza in his statement in the article, but other than that, they never repeated the boy’s name throughout the rest of the text. Thus, this is an example of good practice because it assures the boy’s privacy (and reputation) as well as abide with the code of ethics.

  7. Third Media Monitor

    http://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/02/24/17/duterte-skips-edsa-anniversary-rites

    This news story did not follow the expanded code of ethics, 3rd part (writing the story), number 1: “All efforts must be exerted to make stories fair, accurate, and balanced. Getting the other side of the story is a must.”

    This news article highlghted Duterte’s absence in the EDSA anniversary rites which was criticized in the story. It was contextualized that Duterte was in favor of the Marcos burial and it was stated in the news that this was somehow related with the president’s absence in the celebration. However, there seemed to have been no effort to interview the president’s side to affirm or negate this conclusion.

  8. http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2017/02/26/rafael-ragos-surrenders.html

    This article reported about the surrender of Former Bureau of Corrections Officer in Charge Rafael Ragos, who is co-accused with Leila De Lima for the alleged drug trading inside the Bilibid prison. The article follows the PPI Expanded code of Professional and Ethical Conduct’s provisions on Writing the Story: “Getting the other side is a must, especially for the most sensitive and critical stories. The other side must run on the first take of the story and not any day later. The article was able to provide both Ragos’s testimony and the side of Muntinlupa trial court and other people involved in the said arrest.

  9. Third Media Monitor

    http://globalnation.inquirer.net/152974/pirate-attacks-disrupt-goods-shipments-armm

    This article talks about how pirate attacks have caused panic among international traders and therefore affected the trading industry in ARMM Regional Government. Polloc Port served as the ARMM’s main area for trading, where pirate attacks have been happening recently. Philippine Inquirer updated this online news post with text at the end of the article saying “(NOTE: This story has been updated with a correction in paragraph 6, identifying the Vietnamese nationals who were kidnapped by pirates.).

    In the SPJ Code of Ethics, it is the role of the media to “Gather, update, and correct information throughout the life of a news story.” and “Acknowledge mistakes and correct them promptly. Explain corrections and clarifications carefully and clearly”. The Daily Inquirer was able to follow this follow the SPJ code of ethics by being able to give an immediate update on the news story and explaining that they had a correction in paragraph 6.

  10. [THIRD MEDIA MONITOR]

    http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/28/17/yasays-own-documents-show-he-was-once-a-us-citizen-says-solon

    This news is about the US citizenship of Defense Secretary Yasay. According to this news, the CA claims that there are documents which show that Yasay was a US citizen in 1986 and denounced this citizenship in June 2016, days before he became DFA secretary.

    According to PPI Extended Code of Ethics “All efforts must be exerted to make stories fair, accurate and balanced. Getting the other side is a must, especially for the most sensitive and critical stories. The other side must run on the first take of the story and not any day later.”

    The news agency should get the side of Yasay especially when his citizenship is in question. Also, by getting Yasay’s side we are able to determine whether or not he committed perjury.

  11. Third Media Monitor

    http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/02/28/1676464/sayyaf-uploads-video-germans-beheading

    This article highlights the fact that the German hostage’s beheading was filmed by the Abu-Sayyaf. (Note that there were previous articles in the Philstar website breaking the news about the German hostage’s beheading released before this one.)

    The article, which is basically a play-by-play of the video released by the Abu-Sayyaf, violates the “Minimize Harm” clause of the SPJ code of ethics as it almost serves as a means to satisfy people’s morbid curiosity for the situation rather than inform them. In my opinion, to release this information to the public, even if they did not air it, is already in violation of the victim and his family’s right to privacy over the situation. It is not only incredibly insensitive for the Philstar to release this article, but also incredibly unprofessional.

  12. [THIRD MEDIA MONITOR]

    This article was posted by Rappler.com on February 28, 2017 – regarding Duterte’s decision to resume the administration’s war on illegal drugs by allowing The Philippine National Police’s (PNP) “limited participation” on this war.

    This article talked about how President Duterte granted permission for the PNP to continue their war on drugs by recruiting a new set of policemen who have no history of corruption. It was also further mentioned that each anti-drug operation will be lead by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) with the PNP.

    The article concluded with numbers regarding deaths due to the government’s anti-drug campaign. This goes against the SPJ provision of “Showing compassion for those who may be affected by news coverage.” In this last paragraph, deaths were treated as statistical data rather than lives of humans that have been affected due to the operation.

    Source: http://www.rappler.com/nation/162840-duterte-allows-pnp-return-drug-war

  13. [3rd Bonus Point on Advertorials]

    http://www.inquirer.net/pep-article/205581

    The SPJ Code of Ethics stated that journalists should “distinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two. Prominently label sponsored content”

    The article is about Big 5, a new food delivery and take out service in the market. The article highlights the brief background of the food service and it’s food offers.

    The article by Inquirer. net wasn’t properly labeled as an advertisement hence invalidates the provision that is stated above.

  14. THIRD MEDIA MONITOR

    http://www.rappler.com/nation/162762-filipino-abu-sayyaf-hostage-freed

    This article published by Rappler on February 28 reports on the release of an 8-year-old Abu Sayyaf hostage after being held captive for six months. This is after the family allegedly paid 3 million pesos in ransom. The child is then presented to President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacanang.

    Both the SPJ Code of Ethics and PPI Journalists’ Code of Ethics provide guidelines on how to deal with minors. According to SPJ, it is a must to “Use heightened sensitivity when dealing with juveniles, victims of sex crimes, and sources or subjects who are inexperienced or unable to give consent.” Similarly, PPI Code of Ethics states: “I shall exercise caution in publishing names of minors, and women involved in criminal cases so that they may not unjustly lose their standing in society.”

    It is apparent how the face of the child is blurred on the photo in the article offering privacy to the minor. However, what is in contradiction to this good practice is the mention of the child’s real name throughout the article. This is in violation to the aforementioned code of ethics on juvenile news reporting as caution was not exercised in publishing the name for purposes of the boy’s protection.

  15. [3rd REGULAR MEDIA MONITOR]

    In an online article run by the inquirer.inc last Sunday, February 26, they initially mentioned that classes in all levels in Metro Manila will be suspended due to the Transport Strike last February 27. Although, after an hour, they changed it with suspension of classes only in the elementary in high school level. This kind of conduct goes well in the PPI guideline of correcting substantive errors by correcting the suspension as soon as possible with the proper attributions,

  16. [3rd Regular Media Monitor]

    https://www.abante.com.ph/batang-babae-ni-rape-slay-suspek-12-anyos.htm

    This article by Abante is about a seven-year-old girl that was murdered and possibly raped by a fellow 12-year-old minor last week in Zamboanga City. The story reports about the details of the incident and can be observed to be in good practice of ethical journalism for not mentioning the names or identity of the victim and the suspect who are both of minor age. Under the SPJ Code of Ethics 2014, journalists should: “Use heightened sensitivity when dealing with juveniles, victims of sex crimes, and sources or subjects who are inexperienced or unable to give consent”.

  17. [THIRD REGULAR MEDIA MONITOR]

    http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/09/17/4-month-old-baby-kidnapped-raped-in-carcar-city

    The article discusses an incident where an unidentified man kidnapped and raped a 4-month old baby in Carcar City, Cebu.

    Discussing a sensitive crime where an underaged child was involved, the article followed a guideline under the “Minimize Harm” section in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Code of Ethics that states, “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.”

  18. [THIRD REGULAR MEDIA MONITOR]

    http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/28/17/road-rage-victim-and-fiancee-were-all-set-to-tie-the-knot

    The article posted by ABS-CBN News entitled ‘Road rage victim and fiancee were all set to tie the knot’ was written by Art Fuentes and narrated Marian Reginaldo’s reaction towards the killing of her husband in a road rage incident. However, the article mostly focused on Reginaldo and her husband’s relationship history instead of focusing on the aftermath of his death. Afterwards, the article just narrated the road rage incident again, instead of providing new and updated information. This is in direct violation of the SPJ Code of Ethics article, “gather, update and correct information throughout the life of a news story,” because it is not even news in the first place. The information in the article, especially the information about Reginaldo working in Singapore, is not updated which does not make it news. Additionally, it does not really add to the news story.

    There is also a problem with the lead, which states:
    Please give us peace and surrender.

    It does not have quotation marks. Even though the author attributed this statement to Reginaldo in the next paragraph, it makes it seem like a plea to the audience to give him himself, peace and surrender. This, along with the headline, makes it seem more like a melodrama rather than a news story, which may be a violation of the code: “Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity, even if others do.”

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