The 9th Media Monitor of the first class here, deadline extended to Nov. 9

Reminder: Students who failed to report when their names were called on the day assigned to them or who failed to otherwise make their presentation viewable on the day assigned to them are advised to drop the class as their class standing is failing. The deadline for dropping is today Nov. 7. You have been sufficiently notified. Tnx. -marichu 

The 9th Media Monitor of the first class here, deadline extended to Nov. 9

The 9th Media Monitor of the first class can be posted here with the deadline extended to this Friday, 5pm, Nov. 9, 2018.

    Bonuses still apply from the list of 14 topics (provided that no topic may be repeated by the same class member).
A happy re-energized week, everyone!
(Image credits: Photo from the U.P. archives, used here non-commercially for academic purposes)

17 thoughts on “The 9th Media Monitor of the first class here, deadline extended to Nov. 9

  1. 9th Media Monitor
    BONUS: Hate Speech

    Article: “Woman billboard removed after transphobia row” from BBC News
    (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-45650462)

    The article talks about a billboard taken down in Liverpool, England because it was accused of having a “transphobic” implication. The billboard contains the Google definition of “woman,” it states “woman, wʊmən, noun, adult human female.”

    The report was able to cover all the parties involved. Dr. Adrian Harrop, an LGBT activist, accused the billboard to be a form of hate speech because it isolated transgender people and others from the LGBTQ+ community. On the other hand, Keen-Minshull, the one who posted it, denied the accusation saying that it was an effort to “start a conversation” about the rights of women. The advertising company, Primesight, who installed the billboard said that they were not aware about the motive of Keen-Minshull. This practice abides with the provision in the SPJ Code of Ethics which states, “Support the open and civil exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.”

    The report was also mindful of the sequence of the events, and was able to provide sufficient information. It was also able to give a brief background on the 2004 Gender Recognition Act, and the inequality the transgender people in the UK are experiencing. This follows the provision, “Provide Context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing, or summarizing a story.”

    The article was also able to provide hyperlinks of the sources and other related stories. This follows another provision in the SPJ Code of Ethics which states, “Provide access to source material when it is relevant and appropriate.”

  2. 9th Media Monitor
    Bonus Title: SUPERNATURAL, ASTROLOGY, etc.

    The KBP Broadcast Code of Ethics
    Article 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 pseudoscientific beliefs and practices.
    Sec. 2. Programs or program materials that promote or encourage occult practices, black magic, witchcraft, and similar activities are prohibited.

    ABS-CBN, who’s a member of Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), has a program Umagang Kay Ganda. The program contains a segment called, “Master Hanz Cua” who gives daily predictions on the Chinese Zodiac. This includes giving a general forecast on luck, money, love, and health, along with throwing in the color and number for the day. No other explanations were given. Although, this is obviously for entertainment’s sake. UKG should be mindful in presenting these forecasts. Nonetheless, it did abide by the provisions stated above as not to induce these beliefs to the audience. Similarly, they give a caveat after the segment with “muli po ito lamang ay patnubay ni Master Hanz, nasa inyong kamay nakasalalay ang inyong tagumpay”.

  3. 9the Media Monitor
    Bonus Title: SUPERNATURAL, ASTROLOGY, etc.

    On Halloween 2018, Rappler released an article entitled “Spooky school stories: UP Los Baños edition.” Said article was written by Jerico Levita, Maria Isabella Ordoñez, and Mille Graziella Lisse Wy.

    As the title suggests, the article lists eight ghost stories originating from the UPLB campus. While the article itself seems more like a compilation of stories rather than a reportage of a supernatural encounter. Also, it should be noted that the said article is placed in the life and style section of the Rappler website.

    While it was implied in the article that the stories come from students from UPLB, the article failed to cite or quote actual sources for the ghost stories. This clearly violates an entry in the SPJ Code of Ethics, stating that one must “identify sources clearly” because “the public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources.” This rule, I believe, applies even to lifestyle articles released by any media organization. The reporters could have quoted UPLB students or professors to comply with the SPJ Code of Ethics.

    https://blogs.spjnetwork.org/ethicscode/?p=16
    https://www.rappler.com/life-and-style/215623-spooky-school-stories-philippines-up-los-banos

  4. Reminder: Students who failed to report when their names were called on the day assigned to them or who failed to otherwise make their presentation viewable on the day assigned to them are advised to drop the class as their class standing is failing. The deadline for dropping is today Nov. 7. You have been sufficiently notified. Tnx. -marichu

  5. 9th Media Monitor (Oct. 24, 2018)
    Regular: “Customs chief say drug rings behind smear drive”: – Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story.

    The article reports about allegations of conniving between the Customs chief Isidro Lapeña and drug syndicates. In retaliation, the chief goes on to cite his department’s efforts in targeting the drug trade and his own suspicions of the drug syndicates. He speculates that the Bureau of Customs and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency are being pitted against each other.

    This news story follows the ethical provision stated above because it gives details of the previous incidents that precede the story and supplies additional context by providing information on the events that the Customs chief talks about. Instead of focusing on the squabble between the authorities, the writer takes into consideration the reports amd evidences beyond the immediate situation and thus succeeds in providing the audience with an objective and comprehensive context.

    Source: Yee, Jovic. “Customs chief says drug rings behind smear drive.”, The Philippine Daily Inquirer. Oct. 24, 2018. https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1046288/customs-chief-says-drug-rings-behind-smear-drive

  6. 5th Media Monitor
    Regular

    In the article linked below, it shows thatnit abides by the SPJ code of ethics “Always question sources’ motives before promising anonymity. Clarify conditions
    attached to any promise made in exchange for information. Keep promises.” as it allows the victim of rape by the policemen to have utmost protection as the crime in which she was victimzed by is of sensitive, sexual, violating nature.

    https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1051389/ncrpo-charges-2-cops-with-rape-after-alleged-palit-puri-incident

  7. 9th Media Monitor

    Regular:
    Duterte trust rating up in 3rd quarter of 2018: SWS via
    https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/27/18/duterte-trust-rating-up-in-3rd-quarter-of-2018-sws

    This survey properly cited who took it, how many were they, and how the survey was conducted. Amongst that, net trust ratings of former presidents were compared to show that Duterte has the current highest. Lastly, the margin of error in Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao was shown. Thus, it follows the basic standards of reporting surveys and is therefore ethical.

  8. 9th Media Monitor
    BONUS TOPIC: 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.

    Over P300K worth of ‘shabu’ seized from suspected drug pusher in Albay
    By: Mar S. Arguelles – Correspondent / @msarguellesINQ
    Inquirer Southern Luzon / 10:57 AM November 08, 2018

    The article is about the confiscation of over 300k worth of shabu from an alleged drug pusher arrested in a drug raid by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). The suspect, Allen Aguilar, alias “Choy,” 38, was arrested though a search warrant where the operatives found 50 grams of shabu in his possession. The suspect’s house was also alleged to be an illegal drug den.

    The article was ethical in a sense that it respected the suspect’s right to fair trial, while properly laying down information for the public. Information shared by the source did not implicate the suspect to the crime. The writer did not make sound like the suspect was guilty of the crime and provided facts that will help the public to be informed about the incident.

    Sources:

    https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1051691/over-p300k-worth-shabu-seized-from-suspected-drug-pusher-in-albay
    https://blogs.spjnetwork.org/ethicscode/?p=52

  9. 9th Media Monitor
    BONUS: Ben Tulfo

    PPI: The Philippine Journalist’s 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”

    In the article, Ben Tulfo says certain statement pertaining to the allegations of Sen. Trillanes towards him being corrupt. Tulfo got furious and remarked against him and dared him.

    In this article, the PPI Code of Ethics first provision is quite not followed because only the part of Tulfo was indicated and published. So, the allegations of Trillanes was not justified and he wasn’t able to explain himself in the article. Only the side of Tulfo was put. If there are two prominent people having clash with each other, two sides should be put promptly.

    Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1021008/news-ben-tulfo-antonio-trillanes-iv-senate-blue-ribbon-ptv

  10. 8th Media Monitor
    Bonus Title: ADVOCACY

    FAIRNESS
    Deal fairly with the sectors they represent, with competitors, peers, the media, and the general public.
    Respect all opinions and support the right of free expression.

    Last October 18, 2018, UP Advertising Core held its ACLE entiled “FACELIFT: Lifting the Facade of Beauty Standards in Advertising” It promoted the awareness of beauty standards in media and how to accept oneself despite this.

    The talk abided by the paragraph stated above about “FAIRNESS” since they had speakers from different fields and backgrounds. Abby Madriaga, a UP student who works in the advertising industry; Abby Asistio, an advocate of alopecia awareness and a singer-songwriter; Selina Woo Bhang, a half-Filipino and half-Korean model; and Chai Fonacier a theater and film actress known for her advocacy about morena beauty.

    The talk also featured a Q&A session to give the audience a chance to express their insights and questions for the speakers.

  11. 9th Media Monitor
    BONUS TITLE: DRUG WAR

    According to the article, it has information that are all based from the press briefing of Chief Supt. Dionado Carlos, a PNP spokesperson. This does obey the rules in the SPJ Code of Ethics of “verify information before releasing it. Use original sources whenever possible” and “never deliberately distort facts or context, including visual information,” however it is not enough. The article failed to comply with principle on “gather, update and correct information throughout the life of a news story.” Lastly, the article caused a conflict of interest because of one line, “police are also “encouraged” to wear body cameras for the sake of transparency.” People reading the article may interpret the quotation marks used in the word ‘encouraged’ as a not reliable source and different perspectives may rise that may cause problems in the future.

    Source: https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/01/24/operation-tokhang-back-on-monday-pnp-issues-guidelines/

  12. 9TH MEDIA MONITOR
    BONUS: Disaster Reporting

    This is a good example of Disaster Reporting because aside from the coverage of the current state of Isabela amidst the typhoon Rosita, it also featured the disaster preparation administered by the local government and their plans to aid the residents after the calamity.

  13. 9th Media Monitor
    BONUS: SUPERNATURAL, ASTROLOGY, etc.

    The KBP Broadcast Code of Ethics;
    Article 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 pseudoscientific beliefs and practices.

    Sec. 2. Programs or program materials that promote or encourage occult practices, black magic, witchcraft, and similar activities are prohibited.

    Halloween has recently passed, TV programs have been showing horror related or superstitious related content everywhere. From Movies to Shows and so on. Last October 29, 2018 – ABSCBN’S Rated K featured numerous of ghost stories and superstitious stories. One of them was the haunted house in Pasay City that was feared due to the negative elements surrounding it. As the show goes on, there was a women who I think is paranormal expert roamed around the house and explaining the possible ghosts in the house, the energies she’s feeling and such.

    Although they abide by the Article 13 Section 2, it is still a bad practice because they could have put a disclaimer before the woman started to roam around the house, they should have carefully addressed and made the viewers aware especially when it comes to superstitious beliefs, practices, and such. ABSCBN should practice more with regards supervisions and the occult.

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqffn1NH_eo

  14. 9th Media Monitor
    Bonus: Hate Speech

    According to an article posted last August 16, 2018 by CNBC, hate speech in Myanmar has existed for over six years now. Through the online platform, Facebook, a lot of posts, photos, and comments have been aimed towards the Rohingya, attacking them and other Muslims. I think that overall, the article showed a good practice of the SPJ Code of Ethics provision to “Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing, or summarizing a story.” This is because the article was able to present context to the situation by providing information on what the minority Rohingya experienced the past year. Aside from this, it was also able to give an update of the current situation of hate speech in Myanmar and how the issue still very much stands. According to the article, “more than 1,000 examples of posts, comments, images and videos denigrating and attacking the Rohingya and other Muslims that were on the social media platform as of last week.” With this being said, the article also abided by the provision to “Gather, update, and correct information throughout the life of a news story.” Finally, it also quoted Facebook when the company said that “The ethnic violence in Myanmar is horrific and we have been too slow to prevent misinformation and hate speech on Facebook.” This was a good practice for the article gave primary sources, which aid in its credibility.

    Source:
    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/16/facebook-says-it-was-too-slow-to-fight-hate-speech-in-myanmar.html

  15. chesadrno’s (adriano) media monitor: it won’t post using her account

    9th Media Monitor
    BONUS: SUPERNATURAL, ASTROLOGY, etc.

    The KBP Broadcast Code of Ethics;
    Article 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 pseudoscientific beliefs and practices.

    Sec. 2. Programs or program materials that promote or encourage occult practices, black magic, witchcraft, and similar activities are prohibited.

    Halloween has recently passed, TV programs have been showing horror related or superstitious related content everywhere. From Movies to Shows and so on. Last October 29, 2018 – ABSCBN’S Rated K featured numerous of ghost stories and superstitious stories. One of them was the haunted house in Pasay City that was feared due to the negative elements surrounding it. As the show goes on, there was a women who I think is paranormal expert roamed around the house and explaining the possible ghosts in the house, the energies she’s feeling and such.

    Although they abide by the Article 13 Section 2, it is still a bad practice because they could have put a disclaimer before the woman started to roam around the house, they should have carefully addressed and made the viewers aware especially when it comes to superstitious beliefs, practices, and such. ABSCBN should practice more with regards supervisions and the occult.

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqffn1NH_eo

  16. 9th Media Monitor
    Regular

    This article generally shows good practice.

    According to the SPJ Code of Ethics, the provisions that were fairly practiced were “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”, and “identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources”.

    The article contained the necessary dates, numbers, and names needed to make the article as comprehensive and informational as possible. Also, it gave a clear background and context on the Marcos case. It also stated where they got their information from and properly cited these sources as reference.

    SOURCE: https://www.rappler.com/nation/216289-imelda-marcos-guilty-of-graft-sandiganbayan-orders-arrest

  17. 9th Media Monitor
    Bonus Title: Disaster Reporting

    I believe that this specific article published on Rappler entitled “Typhoon Ompong makes landfall in Cagayan,” can more or less be considered as a comprehensive and good example of a piece on disaster reporting.

    According to the report of Louise Ferrer in class regarding disaster reporting, it was explicitly stated that clarity when providing terms regarding weather occurrences is essential, in order to avoid confusion and miscommunication. It is important that the data being provided are “scientifically accurate but understandable.”

    In this article, the writer had clarified that the typhoon does not fall as a ‘super typhoon’ based on PAGASA’s classification system. Typhone Ompong was classified as a tropical cyclone but the manner in which the author had phrased the article was to emphasize that despite Ompong no being a super typhoon, it was still a very powerful tropical cyclone. The writer had solidified this point by providing the specific characteristics of the typhoon; including its diameter, maximum measurement of its winds, gustiness and speed in kilometers per hour.

    Another manifestation of how the article was able to clarify terms properly was how it provided simpler, broken down explanations of more technical terms. A paragraph in the article had mentioned that the typhoon was “enhancing the hanging habagat.” To anyone who may not be familiar with what a hanging habagat is or how a typhoon could enhance that, the writer went on to explain in the succeeding sentence that this simply meant that the monsoon could trigger more rainfall in specific areas throughout the country.

    Another provision as stated in the disaster reporting ethics report, which was presented by Sophia Lopez in class, it was stated that “the data gathered should aid the public in preparing for surviving disasters.”

    This practice was also evident as the report provided warnings for the public— based on the data gathered, such as to be on alert for possible flooding and landslides, to avoid going out to sea for fishing trips, and of course a list of areas in which different weather signals were already raised.

    Source: Rappler.com. (2018, September 15). Typhoon Ompong makes landfall in Cagayan. Retrieved from https://www.rappler.com/nation/special-coverage/weather-alert/212032-typhoon-ompong-pagasa-forecast-september-15-2018-2am

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