6th Media Monitor here #UniversityofthePhilippines #UPDiliman

The Sixth Media Monitor (either regular or bonus) can be posted here with deadline the following work week on Wednesday 5pm.

    For members of the class who posted after the deadline for that week: Your media monitor post is credited for the next week, as stated many times beforebefore — to be fair to the rest who are diligent in meeting the requirements. Late posts are “forfeits”. Good news: Additional bonus topic: Media coverage of “Women’s Month”, 2018 (pls use the SPJ, PPI, PPI Expanded, KBP Broadcast codes) .

   As stated before, bonus topics cannot be repeated (more than half-a-dozen bonus topics have been provided). “Repeat bonus posts/or bonus topics” of the previous weeks were credited as regular posts, not bonus posts — to be fair to the rest of the class. Pls be aware of instructions.

   Happy Women’s Month everyone!


18 thoughts on “6th Media Monitor here #UniversityofthePhilippines #UPDiliman

  1. 2018 6th Media Monitor (BONUS Title: RAPPLER)


    Writing the Story:
    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.

    Article: Palace says Rappler still banned even after US investor’s donation


    The article is about the banning of Rappler in Malacanang and provides an update of previous news on the issue. It showed great practice of the above mentioned provision by making sure to provide statements from opposing parties – that of (1) presidential spokesperson Harry Roque and (2) Stephen King from the Omidyar Network (Rappler’s US investor) – of the issue in order to provide a fair and balanced news reporting of the event involved.

  2. 2018 6th Media Monitor (BONUS Title: Women’s Month)

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

    “Women’s month: Making change work for women”

    The article is a good practice for it gives context to the theme for 2018’s Women’s Month. The Philippine Commission on Women or PCW, discussed the theme for Women’s Month in 2018, which is “We Make Change Work For Women.”. The article also discusses the line-up of events that the PCW has for the entire month. I believe that because of this, people are informed, especially the women, of the activities promoting how women have positively changed the Philippines.

  3. 2018 6th Media Monitor (BONUS Title: Dengvaxia)

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

    KBP Code of Ethics
    “The right to privacy of children must always be respected.”

    “200 children join QC advocacy run for justice over Dengvaxia mess”

    With an aim of giving justice to those vaccinated by Dengvaxia and to call out those accountable for the Dengvaxia fiasco, an NGO called Salinlahi organized an advocacy run. The news article practiced good ethical journalism by providing an explanation for the said event; it didn’t only state what happened but also who were present, when, where, and how it happened, and why the advocacy run was done. Also, an attached Twitter link was provided to show images of the said event; the GMA-DZBB correspondent took careful measures to not show the faces of the children present so as to respect their privacy.

  4. 2018 6th Media Monitor (BONUS Title: Dengvaxia)


    Expanded PPI 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.

    This article I believe is an example of the above provision being practiced well. Both sides were represented in the article. There was focus on the side of Comelec, but another story was put out focusing on Aquino’s side. Still, Aquino’s defense was mentioned in the story.

  5. 2018 6th Media Monitor (BONUS: Mocha Uson)

    Inquirer.net : Edsa fake news? Asec Mocha Uson chided for online post


    SPJ Code of Ethics
    -“Label advocacy and commentary.”
    -“Avoid stereotyping. Journalists should examine the ways their values and experiences may shape their reporting.”

    This article is a bad example for the writers showed biased commentary as they stated that PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson “had the audacity to ask her followers…” about the EDSA Revolution being fake news. Furthermore, at the end of the article they included “…Before her appointment as assistant secretary, Uson was the leader of the dance group Mocha Girls. She earned a reputation for posting sex instruction videos on Facebook.”, which is not really relevant to the news, and emphasize and shape how the readers will understand the story.

  6. 2018 6th Media Monitor: (BONUS: Anniversary of the 1986 People’s Uprising)

    Rappler: Roque: 1986 EDSA Revolution not ‘fake news’


    PPI Code of Ethics:

    I shall refrain from writing reports which will adversely affect a private reputation unless the public interest justifies it. At the same time, I shall fight vigorously for public access to information, as provided for in the Constitution.
    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 news report written by Pia Ranada and published on the Rappler website is an example of both a good and a bad type of news report. The news report comes after Harry Roque stating that the 1986 EDSA is not “fake news” as an answer to rabid Duterte Supporter — Mocha Uson’s poll that asks whether the 1986 EDSA can be considered “fake news” or not. Alarmingly, the poll garnered an almost 90% “Yes” from the 61,800 people who answered the poll.

    The reason the news report can be considered a well-written news report is because Harry Roque, Mocha Uson, and Rodrigo Duterte are all public people as all hold high positions in the government. That being said, it is only right that their statements, whether good or bad, are made public as their statements all hold weight as they are public officials entrusted to lead the nation properly and without corruption.

    On the other hand, it can be argued that the news report written by Pia Ranada is a badly written news report because Mocha Uson’s side, as a response to Harry Roque’s answer to her poll was not taken. Arguably though, Mocha Uson and Rappler have a history of clashing heads which can make it impossible for Rappler to even come close to a decent interview with Mocha Uson.

  7. 2018 6th Media Monitor: ([BONUS: Women’s Month)


    “Label advocacy and commentary.””

    A new mom’s thoughts on postpartum depression


    This is a good media practice. It was clearly stated that this section reflects the opinion of the writer. It was easy to determine that it’s not a straightforward news. It can be easily distinguished and it was also used to promote health awareness for women.

  8. 2018 6th Media Monitor (BONUS Title: Women’s Month)

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


    This article from Rappler displays a good practice as it provides a background on what will happen throughout the month-long celebration of the Women’s Month. The news provides detailed information on the activities to be held by the Philippine Commission on Women in cooperation with its partner organizations.

  9. 2018 6th Media Monitor (BONUS Title: Women’s Month)

    SPJ Code of Ethics
    “Distinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two. Prominently label sponsored content”

    Travel shorts: Women’s Month deals, new hostel, spa card (http://news.abs-cbn.com/life/03/06/18/travel-shorts-womens-month-deals-new-hostel-spa-card)

    At the start of the article, it already said “These are not endorsed by ABS-CBN News.” This article is a good practice of the mentioned provision because they provided a context that those brands mentioned in the article weren’t endorsed by ABS-CBN. They provided various brands that have some promotions for Women’s month.

  10. 6th Media Monitor 2018 (Regular)

    NUJP: Expanded ban on Rappler by Malacañang ‘a low point in pettiness’ (https://www.rappler.com/nation/197556-nujp-expanded-ban-rappler-press-freedom)

    SPJ: “Label advocacy and commentary.”

    The article shows NUJP’s support for Rappler. How the Union condones the President’s “pettiness”—it repeatedly attacked the President’s decision of banning Rappler reporter Pia Ranada from Malacañang, and just today, we learned, any Presidential event. The article ended powerfully by stating that NUJP stands by Rappler in informing the public truthfully. I just thought it was inappropriate to label that as straight news, it sounded more of an editorial to me, because there was an obvious bias towards the media organization—from which they are reporting for.

  11. 6th Media Monitor
    BONUS – Women’s Month

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


    This article is a good example of the given SPJ provision. It properly gave the context of why Malacanang was defending President Duterte, claiming that he is an advocate for women. The article also made sure not to misrepresent or oversimplify the President’s “advocacy” for women by stating a few examples of when Duterte gave controversial remarks.

  12. 6th Media Monitor 2018 (BONUS: Rappler)

    SPJ Code of Ethics:
    “Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable. Give voice to the voiceless.”
    “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.”

    Duterte expands coverage ban on Rappler outside Malacañang

    This is a good practice of Rappler. They continue to serve as watchdog to the government even if the current administration not only tries but continues to suppress the freedom of the press. Rappler also showed the side of the government where the MARO and the presidential’s spokesperson explained why Ranada cannot cover the event as part of the media.

  13. 2018 6th Media Monitor (BONUS Title: Women’s Month)

    PPI Code of Ethics
    4th Premise: Avoid “degrading any person by reason of sex, creed, religion, belief, etc.”
    “I shall not, in any manner, ridicule, cast aspersions on, or degrade any person by reason of sex, creed, religious belief, political conviction, cultural and ethnic origin.”

    Article: Experts slam ‘misuse’ of psychological assessment vs CJ
    [link] http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/972597/experts-slam-misuse-of-psychological-assessment-vs-cj

    Members of the current administration use words of machismo (Duterte defending the “shoot NPA women in the vagina” remark) to impress the society that has traditional, misogynistic, and sexist values and beliefs. The article includes comments of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) on the conflict between Maria Lourdes Sereno, the Chief Justice, and Geraldine Tria, a psychologist who claims that CJ is not fit to serve in the government due to the results of her 2012 psychological assessment. Even though both parties are women, there is no any sexist or degrading remark to be found in the article. The article treats women as equal to men. It has applied the said PPI Code of Ethics above properly.

  14. 6th Media Monitor (BONUS: Women’s Month)

    SPJ Code of Ethics:

    Boldly tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience. Seeks sources whose voices we seldom hear.

    Article: Indigenous women in ARMM given platforms to air concerns


    This article tackled how Indigenous women in ARMM were given platform in the recent Indigenous People Women’s Summit in Cotabato City. I think that this article is a bad practice of a the provision of SPJ Code of Ethics. The said event was held in line with the celebration of National Women’s Month yet it failed to seek information from the Indigenous women. The article heavily relied on RCBW-ARMM as their source. Since the event is in line with our celebration of National Women’s Month and the article should tell about what are the experiences of Indigenous women, this article failed to seek and represent the voices of Indigenous women–which is the most important thing that this article should have.

  15. 6th Media Monitor (BONUS: Drug War)

    SPJ Code of Ethics
    “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.”


    This article is a good practice of the given provision. Given that this is already a criminal case which becomes a public record, as well as the fact that the person nabbed is a police officer, it is important for the public to know that injustice exists even inside the police force.

  16. 2018 6th Media Monitor
    Bonus: DRUG WAR

    KBP Code of Ethics:
    Art. 1 Sec. 8 News Production Aids and Techniques
    “Archived or file video, photo and audio materials should be properly labeled in a manner that may cause the public to mistake them as the broadcast of a live or more recent event.”
    Art. 6 Crime and Crisis Situations
    “The coverage or crime and crisis situations shall not provide vital info or offer comfort or support to the perpetrator. Due to the danger posed to human life in such situations…”

    SPJ Code
    Avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering info unless traditional, open methods will not yield info vital to the public.

    News report:

    At the first part of the report, the journalist mentioned that the video is from the operatives in charge of the operation. However, it is ‘not labeled’ on the video itself that it’s not from GMA itself. Also, the exact place where the operation occured was not mentioned, instead Batangas was said. This report can also be considered a good practice since the side of the ‘suspect’, as labeled by the police is aired and the identities of the other involved, client of the drug dealers, being private personalities, were labeled collectively as mga dawit.

  17. 2018 6th Media Monitor (BONUS Title: RAPPLER)

    KBP Code of Ethics
    Art. 1 Sec. 3 Fairness and Objectivity
    – News reports shall be fair, factual and objective.

    Expanded PPI 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.

    News Report
    By Rappler

    It is know to most that Rappler reporter Pia Ranada has been banned from covering news in Malacanang. This has started an uproar through news reporting both in traditional and new media. However, this article provides a special touch to how this has been reported. Through providing context and all sides of the story, there is balance and fairness. A statement from Roque was reported but even the SEC statement regarding this. However, Omidyar Network which donated money to Rappler was against this ruling. This strategy and technique of writing has solidified fairness and balance. Everything is factual and truly objective. Thus, this has been a good form of practice.

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