2018 First Media Monitor here #universityofthephilippines #UPDiliman

(Trigger-warning: Gruesome photo with appropriate trigger warning posted by a member of the class in the first comments box. )

      2018 First Media Monitor here  
The first media monitor (Fair, Foolish, or in a Fix: good practice, violation, or dilemma), can be posted here, either regular or bonus, with deadline extended to Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 5pm. The post can either be an embedded, or a pasted link leading to the student’s own site. Only a review of events that are current (a review of media coverage within the 30 days prior to the post) will be given points.

(Photo rightclicked from the Philippine Collegian, used here non-commercially for academic purposes)

     Late submissions are considered a forfeit for the week and would be credited to next week’s media monitor instead;

provided that no student would be allowed to exceed the maximum number of media monitor to make up for forfeits or to pile up his/her media monitor posts to make up for forfeits. (a week lost, is lost forever — the credits will be moved forward but only up to the last week before final exams).
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 (type the Bonus Title) 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. For the succeeding weeks, members of the class should be able to cite also the Philippine Journalists Code of Ethics (PPI Code of Ethics and PPI Expanded Code of Ethics), the KBP Broadcast Code, etc.) 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.
             BONUS POSTS

     FOR DOUBLE THE POINTS

    As a heads-up, a bonus post on any of the following topics could be submitted in any week for double the points of a regular media monitor post (provided that only one post, either regular or bonus, can be submitted for every week: Choose between either a regular or a bonus in submitting a post; only one post per week will be given points, no cramming of posts is allowed). Please type the bonus title as heading to identify the post.

    Here are the bonus topics to choose from:
BONUS Title: MEDIA COVERAGE, RAPPLER; or the media coverage of the SEC decision to strip Rappler of its corporate personality; or the “cybercrime” complaint filed against Rappler; or the response of the public, journalists’ organizations, students, members of the academe, etc. ; or other actions and events related to these. … 

(image rightclicked from Agence France Presse, used here non-commercially for academic purposes)

(in keeping with what we “preach”, the writer (class member) should make a disclosure in case he/she participated in the news event that was reported, and being reviewed for the  media monitor post) 

(Disclosure: For a full disclosure, the handling faculty was recently involved in some interviews on the freedom of the press and the stripping of corporate personality of  Rappler by SEC upon a letter-follow-up by the Solicitor-General. The SPJ Code of Ethics include duties and responsibilities such as: “Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable. Give voice to the voiceless. xxx Support the open and civil exchange of views xxx 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. xxx”. This however will not affect the way that points would be given to the media monitor posts which are and would be transparent, impartial, and equitable regardless of topic.)

or… (other bonus posts to choose from)

BONUS Title: MOCHA USON (Mocha Uson award conferred by UST Alumni, and returned; Mocha Uson recent gaffes, etc; and related stories)
or:

       BONUS Title: SUPERNATURAL, ASTROLOGY, etc. (leading up to the Chinese New Year, or in March leading up to Holy Week) (this is advanced reading: 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)  )
BONUS Title: MAYON and related stories ( Disaster-reporting: You can either do some advance-reading of the assigned articles on disaster-reporting as stated in the syllabus; or bank the news report and post it after we take up the topic)
Bonus Title: ADVERTORIALS (leading up to the Chinese New Year and to Valentines Day)
… or:

Bonus Title: “DRUG WAR” Media coverage of crime news reports/ interviews/ features on Operation Tokhang, buy-bust operations, investigations of cases of EJKs related to the drug war, and other related media coverage.
Bonus Title: “Dengvaxia“, or media coverage of the investigation of the Dengvaxia fiasco, or of measures the Department of Health has instituted to avert greater harm; or other coverage of related activities.

Do not repeat bonus posts or bonus titles.
Each of the bonuses can be posted at ANYTIME or in any week in lieu of a regular media monitor (just type the bonus title as heading for ease of identification and recording)
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 HABIT OF READING/ VIEWING MEDIA CONTENT REGULARLY WITH DISCERNMENT.
Pls do not embed gory images on this page without a trigger warning.
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.
– Balance a suspect’s right to a fair trial with the public’s right to know. Consider the implications of identifying criminal suspects before they face legal charges.
– Consider the long-term implications of the extended reach and permanence of publication. Provide updated and more complete information as appropriate
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.
BE ACCOUNTABLE AND TRANSPARENT
Ethical journalism means taking responsibility for one’s work and explaining one’s decisions to the public.
Journalists should:
– Explain ethical choices and processes to audiences. Encourage a civil dialogue with the public about journalistic practices, coverage and news content.
– Respond quickly to questions about accuracy, clarity and fairness.
– Acknowledge mistakes and correct them promptly and prominently. Explain corrections and clarifications carefully and clearly.
– Expose unethical conduct in journalism, including within their organizations.
– Abide by the same high standards they expect of others.”
Have a productive and fun-filled week!

 

15 thoughts on “2018 First Media Monitor here #universityofthephilippines #UPDiliman

  1. 2018 First Media Monitor (REGULAR)
    Fair, Foolish, or in a Fix: good practice, violation, or dilemma

    Fair : Good practice of the SPJ 2014 Code of Ethics

    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.

    Facebook post of The Philippine Star containing gruesome pictures offered a TRIGGER WARNING for the readers.

  2. 2018 First Bonus Media Monitor : MOCHA USON
    Fair, Foolish, or in a Fix: good practice, violation, or dilemma

    Good practice of 2014 SPJ Code of Ethics:
    – “Diligently seek subjects of news coverage to allow them to respond to criticism or allegations of wrongdoing.”

    This news report by TV Patrol shows how some UST alumni criticized Mocha Uson for being undeserving of the Thomasian Alumni in Government Service Award . However, TV Patrol did not only focus on all the criticisms thrown to Uson but also showed her response to the criticism by including in the report a screenshot of Uson’s Facebook statement. The media is so powerful that it can influence the public’s opinion if it does not present the news objectively. In this case, TV Patrol gave Uson a chance to defend herself and showed the audience both sides of the coin.

  3. 2018 First Media Monitor (BONUS)
    Fair, Foolish, or in a Fix: good practice, violation, or dilemma

    Dengvaxia Issue
    WARNING: Some graphic segments within the new site are involved.
    SOurce:

    The issue regarding the dengvaxia vaccine has been truly controversial as it posed queries regarding its effectiveness, safety and effects caused. The media coverage has been spot-on and grew intensely since the question of its validity as a vaccine and the side effects it presented. This news item, by TV Patrol, covered a death of a child which possibly, was caused by dengvaxia. The item presented positive traits to ethical reporting; a proper context was given as the pressing issue regarding the vaccine was tackled. The report gave an overall context which properly focused on dengvaxia and was backed up with valid sources. These were also cited accordingly. The data gathering methods, through interviews were transparent. Furthermore, the parents of the child or the people involved, which we usually considered voiceless were given a chance to uphold their rights and thus, given a voice. Furthermore, a striking characteristic is that the true and bold human story behind the issue was reported. There were unique and diverse stories involved. The government was somewhat challenged and media again served as a watchdog. The report was also fair as both the side of DOH, PAO and the people involved were each interviewed. Furthermore, the deceased victims were properly censored especially due to their age. Overall the public was given the chance to judge and analyze the issue with multiple sides and opinions. I only doubt the revelation of the children’s identity but the report somewhat justified this as it seems the parents themselves wanted it so more or less this report is ethical and proper. (Source: TV Patrol, TV Patrol: ‘Mga naturukan ng Dengvaxia bago mamatay, may senyales ng severe dengue’, January 8, 2018)

  4. 2018 1st Regular Media Monitor
    Fair, Foolish, or in a Fix: good practice, violation, or dilemma

    SPJ Provision “Identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources”

    http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/01/30/1782720/higher-tides-expected-during-midweek-supermoon

    This article shows a good journalism practice. When it comes to reporting scientific facts, it is necessary to cite legitimate sources so that it will not spread confusion to the public. Alongside with that, providing context and using common words for easy understanding.

  5. 2018 1st Regular Media Monitor
    Fair, Foolish, or in a Fix: good practice, violation or dilemma

    http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/01/30/1782714/bongbong-marcos-bares-evidence-fraud-vice-presidential-race

    SPJ Code of Ethics: “Recognize a special obligation to serve as watchdogs over oublic affairs and government. Seek to ensure that the public affair’s business is conducted in the open, and that public records are open to all.”

    This is a good practice of the SPJ Code of Ethics. Even though VP election results incident have been going on for almost 2 years now, the media still keeps an eye open to the affairs of the public officials. This is to ensure that the public are always informed of the government’s affairs.

  6. 2018 First Media Monitor (BONUS)
    Fair, Foolish, or in a Fix: good practice, violation, or dilemma

    Mayon Volcano eruption: What you need to know
    Link: http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/01/15/PHIVOLCS-eruptio-Mayon-Volcano.html

    SPJ Code of Ethics: “Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story.”

    I consider this story as a good practice of the SPJ Code of Ethics. The article gives context to what is happening with Mayon Volcano, which includes other details that the public should be aware of. One example would be the reporting of the status of the residents living near the volcano, that they have been evacuated from the area for their safety. Other details include the suspension of classes, flight cancellations, and most importantly, the Alert Level of Mayon. This article provides enough context to those who are not living near the immediate area.

  7. 2018 First Media Monitor (BONUS)
    Fair, Foolish, or in a Fix: good practice, violation, or dilemma

    MOCHA USON

    Good practice of 2014 SPJ Code of Ethics
    Journalists should:
    “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.”

    https://www.rappler.com/nation/194826-grace-poe-suggestion-mocha-uson-senate-hearing-fake-news

    This article on Senator Grace Poe asking Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar during the second Senate hearing if he ever considered shutting down Mocha Uson’s blog, shows both Poe’s and Andanar’s opinions on the matter. The article presented the opinions and views of both parties without showing bias to either side but rather relaying the needed information to the public. This a good example of an article that supports the exchange of views by presenting both sides of the story. It also provides information to the public on what is going on with regards to Uson.

  8. 2018 First Media Monitor (Regular)
    Fair, Foolish, or in a Fix: good practice, violation, or dilemma

    2 taong gulang, patay nang maiwan sa nasusunog na bahay sa QC
    Link: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/01/30/18/2-taong-gulang-patay-nang-maiwan-sa-nasusunog-na-bahay-sa-qc

    SPJ Code of Ethics: “Journalists should show compassion for those who many be affected by news coverage. Use heightened sensitivity when dealing with juveniles, victims of sex crime, and sources or subjects who are inexperienced or unable to give consent. Consider cultural differences in approach and treatment.”

    In my opinion, this article is a good practice of the SPJ Code of Ethics. In the news, a 2-year-old girl was burnt alive in one of the 10 houses in Kamuning, Quezon City that was devoured by a fire that reached the 4th alarm. The mother of the victim was named, but the report was sensitive and respectful enough to not mention the child’s name.

  9. 2018 First Media Monitor (BONUS: Dengvaxia)
    Fair, Foolish, or in a Fix: good practice, violation, or dilemma

    SPJ Code of Ethics: “Diligently seek subjects of news coverage to allow them to respond to criticism or allegations of wrongdoing.”

    This ABS-CBN News article about the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine reports Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III demanding a full P3.5 refund on top of damages from Sanofi, a French pharmaceutical company responsible for the distribution of the vaccine. Supposedly a vaccine to prevent the contraction of Dengue fever, Dengvaxia was deemed by Sanofi as potentially harmful to patients only after it was sold to DOH. According to the article, around 830,000 public school students have already been dosed with Dengvaxia prior to Sanofi’s findings. DOH is currently making efforts to control any damage, demanding immediate refunds from Sanofi as well as conducting investigations on Dengvaxia. This journalistic piece upheld the journalists code of ethics in that in sought to attain objective and accurate information from DOH Secretary Duque, who has been the subject of much criticism under the mishandling of the Dengvaxia vaccine. The article strove for transparency in showing the efforts made by the DOH to control the potential damage done by the vaccine and the company behind it, as well attain accurate information as to whether or not the substance is harmful.

    Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/01/22/18/ph-demands-full-refund-damages-from-dengvaxia-maker

  10. 2018 First Bonus Media Monitor (BONUS)
    Fair, Foolish, or in a Fix: good practice, violation, or dilemma

    DRUG WAR

    http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/video/content/443215/mga-bagong-alituntunin-ipatutupad-sa-bagong-oplan-tokhang/video/
    http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/video/stateofthenation/443304/dapat-matuwa-ang-publiko-sa-pagbabalik-ng-oplan-tokhang—pnp-chief-dela-rosa/video/

    SPJ Provision
    “Identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources”
    “Take responsibility for the accuracy of their work. Verify information before releasing it. Use original sources whenever possible.”
    “Gather, update and correct information throughout the life of a news story.”

    This news report on implementing again the Oplan Tokhang has clearly showed these 3 provisions. First, the network has identified their source (PNP Chief Bato) and verified all the information, provision and regulation of the return of Oplan Tokhang. Interviewing Bato Dela Rosa shows that GMA has used original source to make their report reliable. The content of the report has cleared and corrected the all information regarding Oplan Tokhang and tried to remove the judgment of the reliability of the report.

  11. 2018 1st Regular Media Monitor
    Fair, Foolish, or in a Fix: good practice, violation, or dilemma

    SPJ Code of Ethics: “Identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivation of sources.”

    NPA beheads militiaman in Surigao del Sur – military
    Link: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/965006/npa-beheads-militiaman-in-surigao-del-sur-military

    This article abides by the SPJ provision stated above as it clearly indicates who the sources of information are. Identifying sources of information is needed in order for readers to deem whether news are legitimate or not. Additionally, acquiring statements of the account from primary sources of information add to the news’ reliability as well.

  12. 2018 1st Regulat Media Monitor
    Fair, Foolish, or in a Fix: good practice, violation, or dilemma

    MAYON (bonus)

    SJP Code of Ethics Provisions:
    “Identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources”
    “Take responsibility for the accuracy of their work. Verify information before releasing it. Use original sources whenever possible.”
    “Provide context. Take special care not to mosrepresent or oversimplifying in promoting, previewing, or summarizing a story.”

    Link: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/960818/albay-declares-state-of-calamity-amid-threat-of-mayon-volcano-eruption

    The three (3) provisions mentioned above are clearly seen in the news published by Inquirer entitled “Albay Declares State of Calamity Amid Threats of Mayon Volcano Eruption”. The news cited legitimate sources as to why there is a need to declare state of calamity in Albay. Furthermore, facts and figures about the current state of Mayon, evacuees, and such are drawn from appropriate authority such as PHIVOLCS, DSWD, and LGU. Aside from acquiring statement/interviews from the main sources of information, the news also presented context of the eruption of Mayon — why is it different from the 2014 eruption as well as the kind of lava the Mayon is spewing.

  13. Please ignore my first comment

    2018 1st Media Monitor (BONUS)
    Fair, Foolish, or in a Fix: good practice, violation, or dilemma

    MAYON

    SJP Code of Ethics Provisions:
    “Identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources”
    “Take responsibility for the accuracy of their work. Verify information before releasing it. Use original sources whenever possible.”
    “Provide context. Take special care not to mosrepresent or oversimplifying in promoting, previewing, or summarizing a story.”

    Link: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/960818/albay-declares-state-of-calamity-amid-threat-of-mayon-volcano-eruption

    The three (3) provisions mentioned above are clearly seen in the news published by Inquirer entitled “Albay Declares State of Calamity Amid Threats of Mayon Volcano Eruption”. The news cited legitimate sources as to why there is a need to declare state of calamity in Albay. Furthermore, facts and figures about the current state of Mayon, evacuees, and such are drawn from appropriate authority such as PHIVOLCS, DSWD, and LGU. Aside from acquiring statement/interviews from the main sources of information, the news also presented context of the eruption of Mayon — why is it different from the 2014 eruption as well as the kind of lava the Mayon is spewing.

  14. 2018 First Media Monitor (BONUS)
    Fair, Foolish, or in a Fix: good practice, violation, or dilemma

    MEDIA COVERAGE, RAPPLER

    SPJ Provision “Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story.”

    Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/15/world/asia/philippines-duterte-news-website.html

    This article by the New York Times published last January 15, 2018 is a manifestation of the aforementioned SPJ Code of Ethics. The journalist gave context as to what happened prior to Securities and Exchange Commision of the Philippines (SEC)’s decision over Rappler. Rappler has long been questioned by SEC, according to this article. This media coverage by NY Times included statements from SEC, Rappler, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, and Francis Pangilinan, leader of the opposition in the Senate. They also included context on Philippines history of journalism.
    “The Philippines has one of the region’s most freewheeling news industries. More than 30 newspapers have sprung up across the country since democracy was restored 32 years ago.”, the article said. The article further mentioned that Mr. Marcos closed down networks and publications but was later ousted. His successor Corazon Aquino introduced a Constitution that guaranteed press freedom.

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