8th Media Monitor of the first class here

The 8th Media Monitor of the first class can be posted here with the usual deadline on Wednesday 5pm (Oct. 17); bonuses still apply from the list of 14 topics (provided that no topic may be repeated by the same class member).        Happy weekend everyone!

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16 thoughts on “8th Media Monitor of the first class here

  1. Bonus: Ben Tulfo
    Andanar disowns PTV-DOT ad deal he helped set in motion via https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/10/08/1858374/andanar-disowns-ptv-dot-ad-deal-he-helped-set-motion

    As PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar denies his role in the advertisement deal of DOT and PTV-4’s Kilos Pronto, journalist Rosette Adel was able to produce a paper trail that disproved these claims. Through showing the partnership invitation of Andanar addressed to DOT Secretary Wanda Teo, the writer followed the SPJ Code of Ethics provision to “seek to ensure that the public’s business is conducted in the open and that public records are open to all.”

  2. 8th Media Monitor

    In an article by PhilStar.com headlined as “UP president declares September 21 ‘Day of Remembrance’,” it presented what the University will do in light of September 21. President Danilo Concepcion said that the university encourages everyone to hold special lectures, meetings and ceremonies to remember the day in which martial law was declared.

    The article abided by the SPJ Code of Ethics, specifically, “Identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources.” This is proven by getting Concepcion’s side as well as the UP Student Council’s statement in regards to the issue of Imee Marcos being in UP The Bahay ng Alumni.

    Source: https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/09/17/1852284/president-declares-september-21-day-remembrance#rMmx8mCm6ADcOrei.99

  3. 8th Media Monitor
    BONUS: Recent Surge in the Prices of Food Items

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

    ARTICLE: Duterte’s Luster Dulls as Rice Prices Soar in Philippines

    This article by Aurora Almendral of the New York Times does a great job of explaining the current economic situation of the Philippines. It provides a lot of details and touches on different perspectives and takes on the surge in prices.

    Moreover, it is easy to read since it explains the phenomenon and really digs deep into the background of the crisis. However, it is good to take note that this only applies to those who are fluent in the English language, and it might not be as simple to understand for the masses.

    Nonetheless, the article complies with the mentioned provision of the SPJ Code of Ethics. This is because more than just stating the facts, the article gives the readers a comprehensive explanation as to why the Philippines is witnessing this surge in prices.

    SOURCE: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/10/world/asia/duterte-philippines-inflation-rice.html

  4. 8th Media Monitor
    BONUS: Ben Tulfo

    SPJ Code of Ethics
    – “Gather, update, and correct information throughout the life of a news story”
    – “Provide Context.”

    Ben tulfo and his sister, Wanda Two became a popular topic regarding the Tourism Advertorial.

    The article does not abide by the SPJ Code of Ethics. It is not a well written article because it lacked important information about the Ben Tulfo – Tourism Advertorial Issue. It did not provide context that was necessary to the audience. The article only explained about Ben Tuflo, not being close to his siblings. It did not explain what happened and what the issue is all about. There must be a brief or atleast a summarization of the issue before covering Tulfo’s sentiments with his siblings. This article really lacked data because according to the SPJ Code of Ethics; “Gather, update, and correct information throughout the life of a news story” and “Provide Context.” Thus, proving that the article is not a good example.

    Source: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/14/18/under-fire-ben-tulfo-says-not-close-with-siblings

  5. 8th Meda Monitor
    BONUS: Recent Surge in the Prices of Food Items
    ARTICLE: Duterte: Brace for tough economic times
    By: Julie M. Aurelio – @inquirerdotnet
    Philippine Daily Inquirer / 07:09 AM October 13, 2018

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

    This news article talks about Duterte’s recent statement regarding the country’s economic situation. He says that the citizens must prepare themselves for tougher economic times as the prices of petroleum products raise continuously. Thus, in effect is the importation of rice from neighbouring countries. According to Duterte, this step would lower rice prices. He also says that a proper implementation of the suggested retail price or SRP and intensified campaign against rice hoarding will help lower the prices of basic commodities.

    This article was able to gather information from different events that help support the headline of the article. With this, the article was able to explain the context properly by providing certain events that further explained the government’s claim and how the government plans to resolve the economic crisis. Integral facts were provided like how the government plans to execute the lowering of prices by specific actions. Overall, for me, the details were complete and were explained properly.


  6. 8th Media Monitor
    Bonus Title: “DRUG WAR”

    News Article: https://www.philstar.com/nation/2018/10/06/1857600/drug-war-2-dead-40-arrested

    PPI Code of Ethics: I shall presume persons accused of a 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.

    The article was written by journalists Non Alquitran and Romina Cabrera for the PhilStar. The article covers news on the capture of citizens (dead and alive) who are allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade.

    In my reading of the article, journalists Alquitran and Cabrera were careful to identify the people involved in the buy-bust operations as “alleged suspects”. This is in-line with the PPI provision stating that persons accused of a crime must not undergo a trial by the press/media. The journalists also omitted the names of the complainants that reported these “alleged suspects”.

  7. 8th Media Monitor

    Bonus Title: Hate Speech

    Article: Fake News and Hate Speech
    SPJ Code of Ethics: Never deliberately distort facts or context, including visual information. Clearly label illustrations and reenactments.

    This piece,(written by Florangel Rosario Braid for the Manila Bulletin) zeroes in on the innate relationship of the international phenomena of fake news to the widespread usage of hate speech. The advent of easily accessible communication via social media has turned the world in to an unprecedented tide of power wrought through these means. It notes that fake news has existed for some time now, but the means of its spreading has worsened due to heavy usage of Facebook.

    On the other hand, it challenges all exposed to possible sources of fake news to critically think. It is most imperative to be able to discern what is truth from what is false; the attainment of which can only happen through an elevation of the human mind.

    Purveyors of fake news are usually the same individuals who utilise the same medium to spread hate speech which usually lifts one individual up to the unfair detriment of another. The article notes that “hate speech creates the “us” and the “them”, and fosters a climate of prejudice and intolerance.” While these are supposedly prohibited on the medium, the wide scope of the application makes legislation difficult to full implement.

    Source: https://news.mb.com.ph/2017/04/18/fake-news-and-hate-speech/

  8. ERRATUM: Posted in the wrong section. Comment cannot be re-posted in the correct section. Mea culpa.

  9. 8th Media Monitor
    BONUS TITLE: Ben Tulfo

    The article followed this provisions in the SPJ Code of Ethics, ” Support the open and civil exchange of views,” by telling the story of different sides. The article also abided by the provision, ” Gather, update and correct information throughout the life of a news story,” by accurately updating the figures and numbers of prices related to the story. However the article did not abide by the provision of ” Provide context,” because of a few acronyms are not described properly like MOA, DOT and PTV-4. And finally the article did not obey the provision on ” Identify sources clearly,” because the article lacks sources on where they got the figures and numbers of prices and a few quotes from people and companies.

    Source: http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/08/14/Wanda-Tulfo-Teo-Ben-Tulfo-Tourism-Bitag-Media-Kilos-Pronto-PTV-ad.html

  10. 8th Media Monitor

    SPJ Code of Ethics

    – Boldly tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience. Seek sources whose voices we seldom hear.
    – Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story.

    The Philippine Star posted an article, the day before the 46th anniversary of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law, with the title, “Groups set to hold protest actions on Martial Law anniversary”.

    This article complies with the provisions set forth above as it not only stated facts about Martial Law but as well as the different sides and opinions regarding it. They took into account the opinions of Alyansa ng Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luzon, United People’s Action against Tyranny and Dictatorship, Amihan National Federation of Peasant Women, University of the Philippines President Danilo Concepcion, the Communist Party of the Philippines, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, the Philippine National Police, and even the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.

    Source: https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/09/20/1853200/groups-set-hold-protest-actions-martial-law-anniversary#e1wj6e6WFIc54dwO.99

  11. BONUS: Marcos Dictatorship
    8th Media Monitor

    SPJ Code of Ethics:
    “Boldly tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience. Seek sources whose voices we seldom hear.”

    This article talks about teachers under the Alliance of Concerned Teachers-Philippines (ACT) who vowed to fight historical revisionism amid efforts of President Duterte to rehabilitate the Marcoses and his emerging dictatorship. This is in line with the 46th Commemoration of Martial Law last September 21.

    The article considered gaining sources who are not often heard because teachers’ voices are essential especially in the midst of historical revisionism that the Marcoses and the government are carrying out. The journalist exercised ethical journalism in narrating the story, experience and stand of educators in such event. It also showed the multitude of concerns especially the recent incident in UP-Diliman where policemen went inside the campus looking for UP Student Regent Ivy Taroma. This article served as the voice and outlet of those institutions or organizations who have grievances regarding the Marcos Regime and Dictatorship before and its effects to the current system.


  12. 8th Media Monitor
    Regular: Ex-Camarines Sur board member charged over cash advances

    Provision followed: I shall refrain from writing reports which will adversely affect a private reputation unless the public interests justifies it. At the same time, I shall write vigorously for public access to information, as provided for in the constitution. (Art. 4, Philippine Press Institute Code of Ethics)

    The article talks about a politician from Palawan who has failed to account for the money advances he made. Due to this, the authorities have filed a case against him in suspicion of who benefited from the advances he made. The article follows the provision stated above as it deals with a public official and his handling of government resources. Even on the local government unit level, the publichas the right to be informed of any mishandling of funds on the officials’ part.

    Source: https://www.philstar.com/nation/2018/10/17/1860601/ex-camarines-sur-board-member-charged-over-cash-advances#Pxi6qKPwIAyuS46D.99

  13. 8th Media Monitor
    Bonus: Marcos Dictatorship

    The Manila Bulletin posted an article entiltled, “Moving on from the Marcos dictatorship” on September 7, 2018. The article started with a quote from Imee Marcos saying, “the millennials have moved on, and I think people my age should also move on as well.” This was later followed by a quote from Bongbong Marcos defending Imee. The article then provides context – showing the three government branches’ sides in response to the atrocities during the Marcos regime. The Marcos regime was an extremely dark time in our country’s history therefore, it should not be ignored and disregarded. In saying this, the article was able to abide by the SPJ provision to “Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing, or sumarizing a story.” Also, according to the SPJ Code of Ethics, journalists must “identify sources clearly.” The article was able to follow this by naming the sources and providing direct quotations from these sources.

    Source: https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/09/07/moving-on-from-the-marcos-dictatorship/

  14. 8th Media Monitor
    BONUS: Ben Tulfo

    Article: Tourism chief says Tulfo has not returned P60-M ad payment

    The article was able to abide with the provision in the SPJ Code of Ethics which states, “Provide Context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing, or summarizing a story,” as it gave a brief background on the issue. The report was also able to add the sources of the quoted statements, which follows another provision, “Identify sources clearly. The public is entitles to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources.” The main parties involved in the issue were covered in the news report. This is over the concern of returning the payment; Ferdinand Topacio, counsel of Wanda Teo, said the Tulfos agreed on returning the fee, while Ben Tulfo opposed the idea. And as reported on the news article, the tourism chief said they haven’t returned the fee yet. This practice of covering all sides abides with the provision, “ Support the open and civil exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.” Lastly, the article was able to provide url links to other news stories about the issue, making information on the matter easily accessible to the people. This follows yet another provision in the SPJ Code of Ethics which states, “Provide access to source material when it is relevant and appropriate.”

  15. 8th Media Monitor
    Regular: A show of hands: Celebrities accept safeguard’s kamayan challenge

    The article talks about how using hands are better than using utensils when eating. It makes an argument for eating with hands by talking about its historical roots in the country, its cultural aspect in the Philippine context, and how it brings the family closer together. It is, however, an advertisement for Safeguard.

    The article is clearly labeled by Philippine Star with a label before the headline, and is organized in their website under a header saying “Sponsored Articles.” This follows the SPJ provision which states that journalists must “Distinguish news from advertising and shun hybrids that blur the lines between the two. Prominently label sponsored content.”


  16. 8th Media Monitor
    BONUS: Marcos Dictatorship

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

    In lieu of the commemoration of the Marcos dictatorship last August 21, the Philippine Star posted an article entitled, “Youth groups to Marcos: We haven’t moved on.” The article talked about how various youth groups and millennials still condemn the fascist regime of Marcos.

    The article was able to comply with the SPJ provision stated above as it sought the statement of Imee Marcos, daughter of Ferdinand Marcos, regarding the contempt against her father. It also talked about the opinions of the different youth groups and their sentiments.

    Source: Cabico, G. K. (2018, August 22). Youth groups to Marcos: We haven’t moved on. Retrieved from https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/08/22/1844887/youth-groups-marcos-we-havent-moved-on

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