10th Media Monitor of the first class, usual deadline Wednesday (Nov. 14)

10th Media Monitor of the first class, usual deadline Wednesday (Nov. 14)

    This is the 10th Media Monitor — well within the schedule, with time to spare:        In the next three weeks, the class will finish the following codes of ethics / Guidelines of ethics:

   1. Film: Ethical Dilemmas in Documentary Filmmaking

   2.Advertising: ASC Standards

   3.Social Media community standards, the fight against fake news, trolls, spamming, etc.

  4.Research: avoiding plagiarism

     Deadline is the usual Wednesday 5pm (Nov. 14)

    Happy easterlies!

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11 thoughts on “10th Media Monitor of the first class, usual deadline Wednesday (Nov. 14)

  1. 10th Media Monitor
    BONUS: Ben Tulfo

    Philippine Press Institute: 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.”

    Society of Professional Journalists: Code of Ethics
    Seek Truth and Report It
    “Gather, update and correct information throughout the life of a news story”
    “Provide Context.”

    The article published by inquirer only focused on Roque’s statement regarding Ben Tulfo and Wanda Tulfo-Teo in the P60 million paid ads of Department of Tourism. It failed to report Ben Tulfo and Wanda Tulfo-Teo’s side, failing to abide the 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.” It also did not provide further details regarding the matter. It would have been easier for readers to gather if the context was already laid down. Further, it would have been better if the article updated its readers on the issue and what it may weigh. This, in turn, failed to abide the SPJ Code of Ethics under Seek Truth and Report it: “Provide Context.” as well as “Gather, update and correct information throughout the life of a news story”.

    Source: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1015709/news-ben-tulfo-dot-bitag-media-unlimited-department-of-tourism-wanda-teo-harry-roque-rodrigo-duterte-coa

  2. Bonus: Marcos Dictatorship

    Imee, Bongbong Marcos were beneficiaries of illegal Swiss foundations via https://www.rappler.com/nation/216399-imee-bongbong-marcos-beneficiaries-swiss-foundation

    In this article, the journalist displayed how Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos made Swiss bank accounts under seven foundations to transfer assets to their children Imee, Bongbong, and Irene. She also explained how the Swiss Bank documents presented by Zurich prosecutor Peter Cosandey was deemed unreliable as he did not testify. However, these papers were soon authenticated. Thus, she was able to “provide context and take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story” under the SPJ Code of Ethics.

  3. 10th Media Monitor
    BONUS: Senate Seige

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

    This article by Manila Bulletin is a good practice of that provision from the SPJ Code of Ethics because it was also able to show all sides of the story.

    The writers of the article were able to release statements from Duterte who voided the amnesty, as well as from Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra who supported the President’s proclamation. Senate President Sotto’s side was also published in the article in order for him to mention where the Senate stands in this proclamation. A statement by Senator Drilon––Trillanes’ party-mate––was also included. The perspective of Acting Prosecutor General Richard Anthony Fadullon was also released in the story. Moreover, an AFP spokesman’s side was sought out by the writers of the article. Last but not least, Trillanes, the center of the story, was also given the chance to express himself and respond to the revocation of his amnesty and the threat of his arrest.

    LINK TO ARTICLE: https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/09/04/malacanang-revokes-trillanes-amnesty-orders-his-arrest/

  4. 10th Media Monitor
    Bonus Title: Supernatural, Astrology, etc.

    “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)

    During Halloween season, GMA’s Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho is known for her documentaries about horror experiences. One of the stories she told was entitled “Haunted Hospital”, a film by Aaron Papins Mendoza, which is a part of the “Gabi ng Lagim VI” series. It talks about a haunted hospital and shows the team finding spooky shots while filming on location. They also gathered people who experienced seeing something not entirely natural.

    Another thing the featured was an interview with controversial paranormal investigator Ed Caluag in which he talks to Soho about the backlash he receives due to people not believing his conspiracies.

    With that said, GMA is not a part of KBP which is good for them because if they were, they violated Article 13 as stated above. This is because they do not give warnings for the faint-hearted before showing clips of supernatural instances. The program also promotes the supernatural as it even made a series specifically for it and had a paranormal investigator as a guest. They are not clear whether what they are showing is real or made up.

    Sources:

  5. 10th Media Monitor
    BONUS TITLE: Senate Siege

    The article was able to give an understandable overview on what happened on the siege of Senator Trillanes. However, the article provided a lot more paragraphs supporting Trillanes’ perspective on the events than what the Malacañang responded back. The article gave Trillanes a good image because it showed his statements on what happened. But Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s statement was too short than Trillanes’. These statements were both easily understood however, the article seemed like it was siding with Trillanes more.

    Source: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/25/18/trillanes-from-arrest-to-release-just-another-day-in-the-office

  6. 10th Media Monitor
    BONUS: Senate Siege

    The news article is centered on the the case that the amnesties granted by previous presidents remain valid unless questioned before the courts.

    The article was able to gather multiple sides of the story by providing quotes from Harry Roque about how Trillanes’ amnesty was defective, while also supplying quotes from Aquino’s spokespersons which said that Gazmin’s (former defense secretary during that time) signature was valid in terms of signing the amnesty certificate, against the other side’s claims that it should’ve been President Benigno Aquino III’s signature affixed on it.

    With this, I would say that the article is fairly balanced, as it provided pieces from different sides.

    It also abided by one of the provisions in the SPJ Code of Ethics which states: “Provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing, or summarising a story.” That, in how it provided a brief background on Trillanes’ situation which led to the case being charged against him now.

    Source: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/13/18/sorry-na-lang-si-trillanes-palace-says-other-amnesties-valid-unless-questioned

  7. 10th Media Monitor
    Bonus: Recent Surge in the Prices of Food Items

    This November, CNN Philippines released an article entitled, “Inflation stays at 6.7% in October, higher than officials’ expectations.” According to this article, the rate of inflation in the country was supposed to go down last October. However, it remained the same as September, going against earlier estimates of economic managers.

    The article included information and statistics from people of authority (including Department of Finance Chief Economist Usec. Gil Beltran and BSP Governor Nestor Espenilla) which make the article more credible. With this being said, the writers and journalists were able to follow the PPI Code of Ethics that states that “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.” Furthermore, at the end of the article, a statement saying “This story has been updated to include the statements of BSP Governor Nestor Espenilla” was included. This means that the article also followed the SPJ Code of Ethics to “gather, update, and correct information throughout the life of a news story.”

    Sources: http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2018/11/06/Inflation-October-2018-PSA.html

  8. 10th Media Monitor
    BONUS: Senate Siege

    SPJ Code of Ethics
    – “Gather, update, and correct information throughout the life of a news story”
    – “Support the open and civil exchange of views, even views they find repugnant”

    The article was able to abide by the SPJ Code of Ethics “Gather, update, and correct information throughout the life of a news story”. The article gathered information about Senator Antonio Trillanes’ amnesty application and updates as to what happened next. The article was able to give timelines as well. However, the article was not able to get the side of Senator Trillanes. In order to have a well practiced article, views and opinions matter. The article should have got both perspectives and boldy tell everyone’s story.

    Source: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/02/18/palace-maintains-trillanes-failed-to-apply-for-amnesty

  9. 10th Media Monitor
    BONUS: Supernatural/ Astrology/ Etc.
    Video: Rated K: Blockbuster Healer
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtU25h6eCFI)

    The clip is from the ABS-CBN show, Rated K, which features a faith healer from Batangas, Bro. Eric Atienza. It shows his way of curing, and some testimonies of his healed patients.

    The way the subject, faith healing, was shown was very one-sided. They only conducted interviews to Bro. Eric and his healed patients. Although the faith healer says he believes that doctors play an important role in healing, the show could have still gotten the insight of a doctor or a psychologist to explain the phenomena. Presenting the other side could’ve balanced the story. Also, featuring the subject with bias violates a provision in the KBP Code of Ethics which states, “ Care shall be taken [in featuring superstitious and pseudo-scientific beliefs and practices] to prevent the exploitation of people who may be easily swayed by such beliefs and practices.”

  10. 10th Media Monitor
    Bonus: Disaster Reporting

    This ABS-CBN News Report was a report of Jeff Canoy on the Marawi Siege which showed the situation in the place and what had been happening back then.

    According to the Charter for the Safety of Journalists Working in War Zones or Dangerous Area on disaster reporting, principle 5 indicates that:

    “Editors should provide special correspondents working in dangerous areas with reliable safety equipment (bullet-proof jackets, helmets and, if possible, armoured vehicles), communication equipment (locator beacons) and survival and first-aid kits.”

    In this news report, Jeff Canoy has fully followed the protocols on safety equipment to wear. His helmet has a media indicated and even in his bullet=proof jacket. He is also in the side of the military which is a safer choice to be with during reporting. They have obeyed the provision given above.

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r9UYu03dyM

  11. 10th Media Monitor
    Bonus: Marcos Dictatorship

    The article entitled “Martial Law 46th anniversary met with protest rallies,” which was published on the Philippine Star, enumerated the different events that occurred last September 21 in commemoration of the declaration of martial law.

    It was able to fulfill the SPJ Code of Ethics provision to “provide context; take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story,” as in the introduction of the article, the author had provided an brief overview of the background behind martial law. More specifically, the author had explained why the day was significant— it being the day in which the document regarding the official implementation of martial law in the Philippines was signed by Ferdinand Marcos.

    Furthermore, it also fulfilled the provision that states, “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.” Following the introduction, the article went on the enumerate the itemize the various commemorations and events that were held in the country on September 21st. It was able to fulfill this provision as the article was able to inform the public about the actions being done by members of the government and by the citizens during this day.

    Source: Patag, K. (2018, September 21). Martial Law 46th anniversary met with protest rallies. Retrieved from https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/09/21/1853459/martial-law-46th-anniversary-met-protest-rallies

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