Sec. FWX, Media Monitor, 11th

    Section FWX class members may post the 11th media monitor here, either regular or bonus, with deadline extended to Nov. 23, 2018, Friday, 5pm.
Bonuses apply: A class member may post on a bonus topic that he/she has not yet written about.
No bonus topic may be repeated by a student.

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8 thoughts on “Sec. FWX, Media Monitor, 11th

    Bonus Title: DISASTER-REPORTING : Coverage of the habagat and related events: You can either do some advance-reading of the assigned articles on disaster-reporting as stated in the syllabus; or bank the news report and post it after we take up the topic)

    In the past week, I have been very interested in the coverage of “Bagyong Samuel”. It sparked my curiosity because there seem to be so many reported preventive measures with this typhoon occurrence. It even makes everything feel so much weirder because the storm will only be felt in the southern parts of the country, and not in the Luzon area. I highly commend the coverage of this typhoon across multiple sources because many of them highlight the preventive measures taken for the coming of the typhoon.

    The articles I have skimmed through on this typhoon have been very informational in a useful way to many audiences. Instead of focusing on technical concepts such as amount of rainfall or windspeed, the articles I have seen are very friendly to the normal audience.

    Instead of giving the technicalities, this article likened the strength of this storm to a previous on that happened in the same area.
    “Samuel’s rains may be as intense as that of tropical storm Urduja, which left at least 43 dead in the central islands in December 2017, state weather bureau PAGASA earlier warned.”
    This may have been useful in giving the audience a tangible idea of how strong the typhoon may be.

    I also found it commendable how the article focused more on what civilians should do in preparation for the bagyo. Rather than focusing on things most individuals do not understand, this article discussed tips on how to evacuate, what to bring, etc..

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    BONUS: Disaster reporting

    The effect of the strong winds and the sudden rise of water levels in Baguio City were clearly shown in a news report of Mariz Umali in 24 Oras last September 2018. In the report, Umali used various examples to show the intensity of Typhoon Ompong’s gustiness, wind and rain. The report showed uprooted trees and electricity posts, the sudden rise of water in flood prone barangay and scattered landslides over the cities. Her report successfully illustrated the grave effects of the typhoon. Developments on clearing operations and the distribution of relief goods to evacuees were also mentioned at the latter part of report. Umali was seen reporting on the top floor of the Session Road Mall while there was strong wind and heavy rain. Reporters tend to forget that they are unintentionally putting themselves at risk of getting hit by flying debris or strong waves when they’re reporting live while a disaster is happening. This might also misinform the public on the intensity of the typhoon since they may think that it is perfectly safe to go out while the typhoon is hitting their area. But I commend Umali for wearing proper gear while reporting with strong wind and heavy rain. She wore a helmet to protect her head from possible falling debris and wet boots while out on the field.


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    Bonus: Supernatural, astrology.

    Jessica Sojo’s team covers a story regarding a woman who is allegedly pregnant with a fish.
    The cover began with an introduction of the news subject as the latter narrated how her body has changed throughout time. A family member of the subject in question posits that she was afflicted with “gumaliw”. The coverage allowed members of the said community to express their beliefs regarding such concept.

    This media coverage, in a way, satisfies the provision mandated by Article 3 of the KBP Code of Ethics regarding Superstition and the Occult. Even though the program started by exploring the beliefs shared and negotiated by the community, they consulted a gynecologist at the end said that the woman may have a cyst, and not a fish as previously believed.
    Hence, the content of the coverage was balanced.In this sense, people who may be easily swayed into believing such notions are reminded that the claims expressed by the subject and her acquaintances may not be truthful as a whole.


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    BONUS: Drug War

    A news report published on on the 21st of November 2018 tells that the police arrested two alleged drug pushers in Taguig City possessing 100 grams of shabu worth Php 680,000.00. Even if the the two suspects are known to enter prison jails back and forth, the disclosure of their names in the news report might affect the process of investigation, as well as the judgement of the people reading the article. Another concern about the news story is that it lacks details about the narrative and how the buy-bust operation was pushed through. It is important to note other perspectives when writing these kinds of stories especially now that the political climate is intensified manifested by rampant killings of drug users and pushers in the current regime’s Oplan Tokhang.

    News articles like these tend to be one-sided telling only the side of the police but we must bear in mind that as media practitioners, it’s our mandate to cover as many perspective as we can so that we can cross-check facts and tell the most truthful stories as possible.


  5. BONUS: Disaster Reporting

    The worst effect of Typhoon season in the Philippines is the damage these calamities cause on the livelihood of millions of farmers and agri-businesses. Agricultural losses from the onslaught of the recently passed Typhoon Ompong alone reached 14 Billion pesos. A report written on online news site Rappler breaks down these losses, with rice taking the biggest hit at losses amounting to 8.96 Billion pesos. Damages to corn, high value commercial crops, livestock and poultry and agriculture infrastructure follow. The same article notes that 171,932 farmers were affected by the calamity.

    This problem remains what can be called a gamble versus nature; nature cannot be stopped and there seems to be no feasible way to save all things that cross its path. In 2016, the Philippine Rice Research Institute recommended strategies on crop management after typhoons. If crops were harvested prematurely in order to salvage whatever can be used, farmers were advised to make use of a mechanical dryer. A contraption called a combine harvester is on the other hand, used to harvest crops that have been submerged in flood or mud.

    While there is no way to avoid the occurrence of such disasters, there are little things the nation can do to somewhat curb the trend of magnanimous losses incurred by the wrath of natural disasters. Perhaps in this age of the advent of numerous kinds of technology, we will one day soon see storms do less damage on livelihood.


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    Bonus: #NeverAgain

    “Duterte memo no. 32 a prelude to nationwide martial law – Makabayan bloc”

    According to the article, “The order of President Rodrigo Duterte to send more troops to the Visayas and Southern Luzon was another step toward the declaration of martial law nationwide, three lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc warned on Friday.” “The order claimed, “there is a need to reinforce the directive of the President in order to prevent loss of innocent lives and destruction of property and bring the whole country back to a state of complete normalcy as quick as possible.””

    It is evident that the order of President DU30 deems to be a premonition of Martial Law. Up to this moment, we are all not certain of what his plans are- also given the fact that he is as if almost selling us to China.

    SPJ Code of Ethics: Minimize Harm
    “Balance the public’s need for information against potential harm or discomfort. Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance or undue intrusiveness.” This is a good practice of the cited SPJ Code of Ethics. The headline of the article will certainly attract readers to read it. It is certainly informative and alarming. It is in these dark times that we should all stand up for our rights and fight the fascist administration. We will never forget the victims of Martial Law. #NeverAgain #NeverForget


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    Regular: “Outrage”

    Last November 14, 2018 a violent brawl between two prominent fraternities in UP Diliman – Upsilon Sigma Phi (“Upsilon”) and Alpha Phi Beta (“APB”) – took place near their “tambayan” spaces in Palma Hall, which involved homophobic slurs, graphic threats, and, allegedly, gunfire. The day after, UPD Chancellor Michael L. Tan released a statement on Facebook, “condemning” the violence that had occurred yet at the same time juxtaposing it with the abovementioned fraternities’ “support” for the UP Diliman Men’s Basketball Team, which had coincidentally won a place in the UAAP Semi-Finals on the same day as the incident.

    This sparked outrage among concerned members of the UP Community, often remarking that the statement was “soft” and “toothless”.

    The same day that the statement was released, Chancellor Tan was reportedly seen in the centennial party or inauguration of Upsilon in the promenade facing the Main Library. This caused even more anger and doubt for his integrity as an authority among the public. (UP President Danilo Concepcion was also said to be in the ceremony – which was less of a surprise because he is a known senior member of the fraternity.)

    More than a week later, Chancellor Tan, also a regular columnist at the Philippine Daily Inquirer, wrote a column addressing the recent acts of frat-related violence within the campus, though only recounting and summarizing the events with no clear personal opinion. He reflects about complicity in the column but who really is complicit in this particular situation?

    Clearly, the conflict of interest is palpable. Aside from being a figure of authority in the university, Chancellor Tan must also uphold his role as an educator and columnist and be careful about his personal involvement in these activities, affiliations, and – more so – acceptance of certain favors, as stated in the PPI Code of Ethics. His foremost duty, after all, is to serve the entire UP community – not please his higher-ups and their beloved brotherhood.


    Tan, Michael. (15 November 2018). : “Statement on the Fraternity Violence in UP Diliman”. Retrieved from:

    Tan, Michael. (23 November 2018). : “Outrage”. Retrieved from:

    Philippine Press Institute. (1988). The Philippine Journalist’s Code of Ethics.


    BONUS: ADVOCACY. “Strive to serve the public interest by acting responsibly for the sectors they represent. Provide a voice in the marketplace of ideas, facts, and viewpoints to aid informed public debate.”

    Back in 10 October 2018, Dakila and Active Vista held a screening for CALL HER GANDA (Dir. PJ Raval), a film surrounding the issues regarding the death of transgender Filipina woman, Jennifer Laude. The event was held in the UP Film Center – Cine Adarna.

    The program started with a candlelighting in four-year remembrance of the death of Laude. The documentary focused on the case of Scott Pemberton killing Laude, and made me realize how there are interrelated issues more than transgender rights. The existing PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement had been a crucial factor in delaying justice for Laude. Certain political personalities also come within the issue (i.e., Harry Roque).

    After the screening, there was a question-and-answer session that opened up discussion for audience coming from different women and LGBT advocacy groups. This Q&A fostered open discussion and critique of handling the documentary with the people involved in the process.

    PJ Raval, P.J., Magsanoc-Alikpala, K., Syjuco, M., Valencia-Svensson, L. (Producers), & Raval, P.J. (Director). (2018). Call Her Ganda [Motion Picture]. Philippines.

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