14th & last Media Monitor with new, additional bonus topics

The 14th and last Media Monitor (either regular or bonus) can be posted here with the following new, additional bonus topics — choose one from these or from the earlier lists, without repeating any bonus topic that you have already written about; or post one regular media monitor post (only one media monitor post will be given points).

    New, additional bonus topics: 

   Any media content on today’s decision on the quo warranto proceeding to oust the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court;

  Any media content on the TRAIN law;

 Any media content on the SWS survey showing a 12-point-fall in net satisfaction rating of Duterte.

  The deadline is on the usual Wednesday 5pm. The fourth and last exams will push thru as scheduled. Please be prompt.

   It has been a most eventful semester.

      Thank you for  insight inside the classroom and in the media monitor pages — and your indomitable spirit outside the walls of the University.

 

18 thoughts on “14th & last Media Monitor with new, additional bonus topics

  1. 2018 14th Media Monitor
    (BONUS: Any media content on today’s decision on the quo warranto proceeding to oust the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court)

    Supreme Court ousts Chief Justice Sereno (https://www.rappler.com/nation/202236-sereno-ousted-supreme-court-quo-warranto-decision)

    SPJ Code of Ethics: Gather, update and correct information throughout the life of a news story

    When this news story was posted, it was breaking news and is of national interest so it is expected that all news organizations would post it the soonest. When this article is viewed today, it states that it is at its 5th update. This is a good practice of Rappler with the aforementioned provision from the SPJ Code of Ethics. They kept on updating information throughout the ousting of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

  2. 14th Media Monitor:
    BONUS: Quo Warranto Proceeding

    SPJ Code of Ethics :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/202462-quo-warranto-president-vice-president-sereno-ouster

    This article from Rappler is a good practice of the provision written above. The article seeks to explain what the quo warranto means and what effects it will have to other impeachable officials after it was used to oust Chief Justice Sereno. The news article explains the provisions in the constitutions, statements, and arguments among concerned parties. This article will serve as an effective explanation to media consumers wanting to understand the decision on the quo warranto proceeding against Sereno and the effects it entails.

  3. 14th Media Monitor:
    BONUS: Any media content on the TRAIN law

    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.”

    Diokno: Suspending TRAIN Law ‘will do more harm than good’
    http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/05/09/benjamin-diokno-train-law-bam-aquino.html

    The article is a good practice of the provision because it identifies the statements from Budget Secretary Diokno and Senator Arroyo’s separate quotes about the TRAIN Law. Arroyo proposed the suspension of the TRAIN Law should the prices of gasoline exceed four percent, to which Diokno responded with, “Suspending the law will do more harm than good. It will create a lot of chaos because the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) and the BOC (Bureau of Customs) are already geared towards collecting these taxes so it will upset for example the revenue projection”. With these statements from the opposing parties, the public can identify the sides of both parties, and can adjust their perspective of the TRAIN Law based from these two political figures.

  4. 2018 14th Media Monitor
    Bonus: Any media content on the quo warranto proceeding decision to oust the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

    Senators ‘disagree’ with SC ouster ruling vs Sereno

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/989483/senators-disagree-with-sc-ouster-ruling-vs-sereno

    PPI Code of Ethics

    -“I shall scrupulously report and interpret the news, taking care not to suppress essential facts nor to distort the truth by omission or improper emphasis. I recognize the duty to air the other side and the duty to correct substantive errors promptly.”

    The article by Inquirer.net is problematic, as even though it upheld the notion of media as watchdogs of the government, identified its sources clearly, and was vigilant about holding those in power accountable, the headline itself can be misleading because it arouses confusion with the word ‘disagree’ headlined as such. To some like me, it may even seem like clickbait. Other than that this article may have been good, as it informs and encourages exchanges among the Filipino readers who either support or criticize the ruling and the politicians involved.

  5. 2018 14th Media Monitor (Bonus: SWS satisfaction rating of Duterte)

    Duterte admin’s net satisfaction rating falls 12-points in March- SWS
    (http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/989370/breaking-duterte-admins-net-satisfaction-rating-falls-12-points-in-march-sws)

    “Beware of Surveys:
    Statistical data derived from polling and surveying is especially susceptible to misunderstanding, misinterpretation, and misuse. Newspapers should clearly distinguish between scientific polls and non-scientific surveys such as readers’ call-ins or write-ins and person-in-the-street interviews that are reported in statistical terms. This must be done in a way that is likely to be understood by average readers, including the headlines and graphics.”

    This article is a good practice because the sampling size, methodology and margin of error. The article provided background so the readers can compare the rating to other presidents. It also provided context as to why there was a drop in the ratings. It was discussed in a simple manner, although one may be overwhelmed with all the statistical data present in the article, but with good comprehension, one can able to grasp the gist of the news.

  6. 2018 14th Media Monitor

    Bonus: Any media content on the quo warranto proceeding decision to oust the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

    Article name: Lawyers counting on ‘swing votes’ to reverse Sereno ouster

    Link: https://www.rappler.com/nation/202545-sereno-ouster-quo-warranto-swing-votes

    SPJ Code of Ethics : 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.

    Based on the SPJ code of ethics provision mentioned above, this article displays excellent practice of journalists’ ethics. Given that it is about reversing an unjust decision to oust CJ Sereno, the media definitely has a role in ensuring transparency is upheld all throughout. This is where the watchdog aspect of the media comes into play, and this article is a good example. It sought sources from both sides of the Sereno case, and reported these in an objective but critical way. Furthermore, it sought to ensure that the public records involved – in this case, the votes of the lawyers – was made transparent and accessible to all. For these reasons, this article is a good practice of journalists ethics and more should be written in this manner.

  7. 2018 14th Media Monitor
    BONUS: Any media content on the TRAIN law

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

    Makabayan bloc files bill to counter train law (http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/989138/makabayan-bloc-files-bill-to-counter-train-law)

    The article is not a good practice of the SPJ provision. The article updated the proceedings regarding TRAIN law, and how the Makabayan bloc files a house bill to counter it, but failed to give context about the mentioned law, about what provision of the law makes it so unappealing to the Makabayan bloc. The article would not make sense to some readers at all, who happen to encounter the issue the first time.

  8. 2018 12th Media Monitor
    (BONUS: Quo Warranto Decision)

    SPJ Code of Ethics:
    – 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.

    Rappler Article: https://www.rappler.com/nation/202591-chr-quo-warranto-supreme-court-sereno-rule-of-law-democracy

    CHR: Granting of quo warranto petition vs Sereno ‘erodes rule of law’

    It is obvious that the Quo Warranto petition approval is an insult and disgrace to the trust given by the people. It is an absolute disregard of the Constitution, the fundamental law of the land. This article, gathering the opinion of the Commission on Human Rights is a very good practice as it provides a lens which is rights based. It tries to present a perception which truly dwells to the negative implications of this approval. Those critical to the president are being silenced but this article provides a voice to them.

  9. 2018 14th Media Monitor (BONUS: Any media content on TRAIN Law)

    SPJ Code of Ethics:

    Identify sources whenever feasible. Thepublic is entitled to as much information
    aspossibleon sources’ reliability.

    Test the accuracy of information from all sources and exercise care to avoid inadvertent error. Deliberate distortion is never permissible.

    ARTICLE: https://businessmirror.com.ph/trade-chief-cites-pitfalls-of-repealing-train-law/

    The repealing the TRAIN Law is a hot issue nowadays. This news report from Business Mirror discussed about the possible effects if TRAIN Law will be repealed. I think this is a good practice of these two provisions from SPJ Code of Ethics. The news report seek information from DTI Secretary Lopez and Undersecretary Castelo about the possible effects once TRAIN Law is repealed. However, the news report also contained Laban Consumers Inc. and Makabayan bloc about how TRAIN Law should be repealed since it only caused burden and inflation, backed up by data from IBON Foundation.

  10. 2018 14th Media Monitor

    Bonus: Any media content on today’s decision on the quo warranto proceeding to oust the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

    SPJ Code of Ethics: 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.

    Link: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/653014/how-sc-justices-voted-on-sereno-quo-warranto-petition/story/

    This article is a good example of the provision as it shows exactly how the Supreme Court voted not just on the quo warranto decision but also on other rulings decided on the lead up to the quo warranto decision. It allows the reader to analyze on a basic level which individuals in the SC voted fairly and those who seem to have inconsistencies or an agenda during the vote.

  11. 2018 14th Media Monitor

    Bonus: Any media content on the SWS survey showing a 12-point-fall in net satisfaction rating of Duterte.

    https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/04/12/1805187/dutertes-satisfaction-rating-remains-very-good-sws

    SPJ Code of Ethics

    “Explain ethical choices and processes to audiences. Encourage a civil dialogue with the public about journalistic practices, coverage and news content.”

    This is a good media practice since we all know that political surveys are prone to controversies. It is the duty of the journalists to elaborate further the method used in the survey and disclose a possible conflict of interest. Here in this article, they said that it was a non-commissioned survey and they explained the method immediately after the results.

  12. 2018 14th Media Monitor
    BONUS: Any media content on TRAIN Law

    TRAIN law may be reviewed due to rising prices
    [link] https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/16/1815688/train-law-may-be-reviewed-due-rising-prices

    PPI Code of Ethics
    “Airing all sides to a conflict”

    I think that the article exhibits a good practice of the said PPI Code of Ethics provision. It supplied/clarified context and discussed opinions from both the opposition and the administration. It said that there are two pending proposals about the TRAIN law in the House. It explained why there has to be two different proposals. The article took representatives from each side and gave them opportunity to provide their insights about the proposals and the TRAIN law itself.

  13. 2018 14th Media Monitor
    (BONUS: Any media content on today’s decision on the quo warranto proceeding to oust the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court)

    Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/15/18/charter-clear-impeachment-only-way-to-remove-sereno-framer

    SPJ Code of Ethics: Take responsibility for the accuracy of their work. Verify information before releasing it. Use original sources whenever possible.

    This article is a good example of the provision above. It quoted Christian Monsod, a lawyer and member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission who believed that “the Supreme Court chose to abdicate its role as the last rampart in the protection of rights against state abuse.” when it came to Sereno’s quo warranto. The article was accurate and it made sure to show this by posting a video of the interview in which Monsod said the things the article quoted, proving the article’s accuracy of the information given.

  14. 2018 14th Media Monitor
    Bonus: Drug War

    KBP Code
    Art. 1 Sec 7 Unconventional News Gathering and Reporting

    7a. In the most extreme circumstances, when information being sought is vitally important to public interest or necessary to prevent profound harm, the use of hidden cameras or microphones and other similar techniques of news gathering and reporting may be resorted to. Before resorting to such techniques, conventional methods must first be exhausted. In all cases, the use of such techniques must conform to the law.

    7b. When material obtained through such techniques are broadcast, this must be presented fairly, factually and in the proper context. The right to privacy must be observed and harm to the innocent avoided.

    Sec. 8

    8.b. Archived or file video, photo, and audio materials should be properly labeled as such when aired and must not be presented in a manner that may cause the public to mistake them as the broadcast of a live or more recent event.

    Link:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bBlWJKq8oMQ (part: 2:05-2:30 only)

    In this episode of 24 Oras on May 10, it aired a clip (2:05-2:30) on a “surveillance video”. However, it is not labeled whether it’s from them or from the police, only “Exclusive”. In this case, it shows a not good practice of the above provisions to avoid the public from misleading. However, since this practice is rampant in every news programs, their audience, including I can’t distinguish how and when “Exclusive” is used. I think that this should be clarified by all news organizations so that the public won’t be confused.

  15. 14th Media Monitor
    BONUS: SWS Survey of 12-point drop in net satisfaction ratings of Duterte

    https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/11/1814260/sws-duterte-admin-satisfaction-rating-drops-still-very-good

    https://www.sws.org.ph/swsmain/artcldisppage/?artcsyscode=ART-20180510224642

    This news article presented a survey (survey link is embedded above) about the current administration’s net satisfaction. The article is entitled “SWS: Duterte admin satisfaction rating drops, but still ‘very good’,” which is a positive-sounding title that removes the negativity of the poll. This survey is a scientific poll, which has a margin of error +3% and -3% for national percentages and +6 and -6% for each Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The survey was conducted last March 23-27 and through face-to-face interviews with a sample size of 1,200 adults. That is a big difference to the total adult population in the Philippines. They didn’t indicate how they selected the sample, so I think the sample is unrepresentative. If we look at the questions asked in the survey, I think it was arranged in a way that it will not be easily remembered by the person, because the arrangement is weird because the first questions were activities Duterte have accomplished (?) and the rest of the questions after that were about things he didn’t accomplished yet. And the interviewee will answer by placing each card on the appropriate box. This was released on May 10, before CJ Sereno was ousted. With this, the article and the poll altogether, seems biased and untrustworthy.

  16. 2018 14th Media Monitor
    (BONUS: Any media content on today’s decision on the quo warranto proceeding to oust the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court)

    https://www.rappler.com/nation/202359-solicitor-general-quo-warranto-sword-of-damocles-sereno-ouster

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

    I believe the article was an example of a good practice of the aforementioned provision, since the article named each of the the sources as well as their positions and stances. All who were interviewed for the article were dissenting associate justices in the CJ Sereno quo warranto proceeding.

  17. 2018 14th Media Monitor (Regular)

    No Palace order stopping West Cove resort demolition: DILG
    http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/16/18/no-palace-order-stopping-west-cove-resort-demolition-dilg

    PPI Code of Ethics: “I shall scrupulously report and interpret the news, taking care not to suppress essential facts nor to distort the truth by omission or improper emphasis. I recognize the duty to air the other side and the duty to correct substantive errors promptly.”

    The news article above talks about the demolition of a beach resort in Boracay due to violations in permits. This is a good practice of the abovementioned provision in that it laid out important facts related to the situation. Both sides of the story (from the resort owner and the Department of the Interior and Local Government) were presented, and the article provided context about the demolition of the resort.

  18. 2018 14th Media Monitor
    (BONUS: Any media content on the SWS survey showing a 12-point-fall in net satisfaction rating of Duterte.)

    Duterte admin’s net satisfaction rating falls 12 points in March – SWS
    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/989370/breaking-duterte-admins-net-satisfaction-rating-falls-12-points-in-march-sws#ixzz5Ffp4ogW6

    PPI Code of Ethics: I shall scrupulously report and interpret the news, taking care not to suppress essential facts nor to distort the truth by omission or improper emphasis. I recognize the duty to air the other side and the duty to correct substantive errors promptly.

    While the news report was written with complete information, it remains problematic because of two things: 1) it compares Duterte’s partial rule as president to full rules of past presidents and 2) there is no disclaimer with their action in doing so. This becomes problematic because of the possibility that readers do not immediately (or ever) pick-up the information that this is not a proportional comparison given that Duterte has only been in office for roughly 2 years. There is still the very real possibility that these ratings further drop, hence changing the comparison with the past presidents. Without the disclaimer, the information in the news report may be taken by face value by some of the readers, allowing them to absorb misinformation.

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