2nd Media Monitor or 1st/ 2nd/ 3rd/4th Bonus

The Second Media Monitor can be posted here — either one regular media monitor or one bonus, which can be any of the bonuses not yet posted by the class member (the 1st or 2nd bonus opened last week or the 3rd or 4th bonus both of which are being opened today) but not more than one post per week. Deadline: Tuesday.

     Date of the first exam is: as scheduled in the syllabus.

     The 3rd bonus is on disaster-reporting.

     The 4th Bonus is on news coverage of,  or feature stories or news documentaries or news commentaries on the martial law anniversary running up to the September 21 commemoration or protests, and related events.

    On the 3rd Bonus: Class members who choose this are advised to do some advance reading: Pls read the assigned articles on this topic as stated in the syllabus,  plus the NY Times article on TV storm reporting (Sept. 10, 2017). But use your own media monitor: Do not copy-paste the media monitor of New York Times. Pls use the principles discussed in the assigned articles, plus your own insights on disaster-reporting, in the media monitor commentaries. Or you can monitor the ongoing disaster-reporting by news organizations and save them for later (all disaster-reporting between last week’s coverage and  the last week before final exams can be included).

     As stated before, a regular media monitor or any of the bonuses may be posted (the bonuses submitted need not be in the order they are given: But please use the tag assigned to each bonus). 

     Happy viewing!


  1. I’m sorry Ma’am. The comment above is mine but it’s supposed to be tagged as the “3rd Bonus Media Monitor: Disaster Reporting”.

  2. [2nd Regular Media Monitor]
    Link to article: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/931504/breaking-philippine-news-updates-university-of-sto-tomas-hazing-aegis-juris-fraternity-horacio-tomas-castillo-iii-fratmen

    1.) Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story.
    The article is a bit problematic since it fails to provide more information about Castillo’s death. The article focused on the banning of the Aegis Juris fraternity from entering the UST grounds instead. Even though it was provided that he attended the fraternity’s welcome ceremony last Saturday, the article leaves readers questioning why his body was found in Tondo, Manila. If it was a welcoming ceremony, surely there are other students who attended who could have been sought by the journalist. Moreover, it was not stated who saw Castillo’s body firsthand and what time it was found in Tondo. The journalist could have also shed some light on the fraternity, whether or not they have been involved in rumbles before, to clarify that Castillo died from the frat’s hazing alone and not from inter-frat conflict. It just seems that the author immediately wanted to release the story, even though it was still unripe to be presented to the public.

    2.) Identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources.
    The good practice that the journalist exhibited is that her sources were identified clearly, except for the police. She did not specify which police quarters were responsible for the investigation (she simply said, “the police”). And related to the first critique, she lacked informants in delivering the story with justice. Judging the story as a whole, looking at her set of sources and the main photo used for the story, it seems that she covered the story in the UST grounds. She did not immerse herself to the more appropriate setting

    Overall, the journalist was truthful in her story. However, it seems that she failed to deliver much information that the public deserves.

    2013 19739

    2nd Bonus: End of Marawi siege in sight for military by Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

    Seek Truth and Report It.
    The journalist used original sources in the article, which were identified clearly. She was also able to give the accurate and full context of the story. Boldly telling the story of diversity was reflected in the last paragraph of the article when they also provided a body count for the casualties.

  4. 2014-41105

    4th Bonus Media Monitor
    Link to the blog post: uezononstp.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/4th-bonus-media-monitor/

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