STUDENTS’ FILE, Vol. 3


  • STUDENT NUMBER 6 | “Yucky Kadiri” language in an FM station
    by STUDENT NUMBER 6 STUDENT NUMBER 6
    UNEDITED BY BLOG ADMINISTRATOR
    4TH BLOG ENTRY

I rode a taxi last Tuesday and the radio was tuned in at WRR 101.9. The DJ was someone named Leila, and was doing her talks between songs that afternoon, around 2:30 pm. I think she violated a provision in the KBP’s Code of Ethics during that airing.It was written in the Code of Ethics that “The use of objectionable words or phrases or word which have acquired undesirable or offensive implications, should be avoided…” However, when DJ Leila was on air, she seemed unaware of this provision.She was telling the listeners that summer was approaching, and we’re already feeling the heat. Then she went on discussing the summer-related diseases. She then narrated her experiences suffering from “bulutong” (chicken pox). She said that maybe she was the oldest person to suffer from the disease at age 21. She mentioned “yucky kadiri talaga di ba?” several times, followed by laughter. Not that it’s bad to discuss stuff like that on air, but the thing is, she was too graphic about it. She was talking about her suffering from “bulutong”, then she was describing that she has many “peklat” (scars) after that. And she was describing that “nung natutuyo na ung bulutong niya, natatanggal na ung mga langib” . Furthermore, she said that the cure to the itchiness due to “bulutong” was bathing with oatmeal. Again, she describe it too graphically. And she was talking about all of it with enthusiasm, unaware of those people listening who maybe disgusted with what she’s telling.I think her comments were of bad taste. She was inconsiderate of the listeners, especially those who might be offended with what she’s saying, for example, those who may have chicken pox during that time. She was too fond of saying “yucky kadiri” without thinking of the implications it might brought to people who listen to every word she says.Mar 14, 12:06 PM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Opinion of Student 9 on a TV Patrol news story (ABS-CBN)

  • Conrad S.C. Lacsina | Conrad S.C. Lacsina
    Journalism 192
    3rd blog posting
    Unedited by blog administrator

What is unethical about the Philippine Star publishing news stories about Feliciano Belmonte Jr?The fact that the son of Mayor Sonny Belmonte of Quezon City is the president and chief executive officer of the newspaper makes whatever news in the paper about Sonny Belmonte and his interests suspect to conflict of interest.In a span of nine days from February 25- 28 and from March 4- March 8, seven news stories were published in the Metro section about Belmonte and Quezon City. Each of the stories mentioned Mayor Sonny Belmonte; four stories had his name in the first line thereby giving prominence to it. Each of the stories directly extolled Belmonte and Quezon City. The one news story, that did not directly praised Belmonte— Quezon City government wins award for anti-poverty efforts— had the effect of indirectly crediting him for Quezon City winning the award.All of the stories were published in the Metro Section of the Star. Four of the seven news stories were written by Perseus Echeminada.In the Lords of the Press by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, the various business and political interests of newspaper owners in the Philippines that conflicted with the ideals of an independent and truthful newspaper were exposed. At times, newspapers are mouthpieces of their owners. Such may be the case of the Philippine Star and its owner.It is not that Belmonte and his activities are not valid news stories. But the news stories about him were not really newsworthy. It is quite an ordinary thing for politicians to receive awards and to make promises especially during election season. These news stories attest that somehow, the Star is Belmonte’s publicist. “Quezon City unveils new mobile clinic
Sunday, February 25, 2007
By Perseus Echiminada
“A local foundation in cooperation with the Quezon City government donated mobile city residents of the city’s District 1 to provide basic health services to the residents.‘Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. led city officials at the launching of the Bagong Henerasyon (BH) Mobile Clinic in simple ceremonies at the Quezon City Hall.“The mobile clinic will provide professional healthcare to the city’s urban poor residents that often seek treatment from local quack doctors.“BH Mobile Clinic has modern equipment such as X-ray, ECG, and other medical laboratory examination devices.“The project was initiated by the Bagong Henerasyon Foundation of District 1 Councilor Bernadette (BH) Herrerea-Dy. Her first mobile project is the much-acclaimed BH Computer Schol on wheels.“Dy said the mobile clinic will be able to reach more poor residents. “She said getting free medical assistance is the right of every individual. Dy expects the senior citizens , children and teenagers to benefit form the project.“Vice Mayor Herbert bautista and several members of the city council were also present at the launching rites. “City hall employees were the first beneficiaries to be treated after the launching ceremonies. “Dy and her foundation have been providing free health services to poor residents of District 1. The free health services include supplemental feedings, medical missions, optical missions, circumcision, ECG and X-ray.“They have also been conducting blood analysis, blood sugar and pap smear tests, breast examinations and anti-hepatitis B and anti-rabies vaccinations, hydrocephalus and cleft palate treatment, and campaigns against dengue and SARS.”Quezon City government wins award for anti-poverty effortsPublication Date: [Tuesday, February 27, 2007]The Quezon City government has been vested with the COOP-LGU partnership award for excellence for initiating anti-poverty programs and empowering city residents to become entrepreneurs in their respective barangays. The award, which also carries a P250,000 cash reward, was jointly given by the Senate, University of the Philippines, Union of Local Authorities, Globe Telecom and other government and nongovernment agencies advocating cooperative promotions in the local government units. Vice Mayor Herbert Bautista, Councilor Philip Juico and La Rainne Abad Sarmiento, presented the glass trophy to Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. during yesterday’s flag ceremony. The partnership of the city government with cooperatives is highlighted in the implementation of the Puhunang Pangkabuhayan Sikap Buhay, a collateral-free loan program for small entrepreneurs, mostly housewives seeking to augment the meager family income. From a shaky start with only 248 borrowers in 2002 and an initial P1.4-million in lending capital, Sikap Buhay has grown by leaps and bounds and has provided the capital needs of some 16,800 micro entrepreneurs totaling P212 million. Aside from providing collateral free loans, loan program also provides livelihood training to member beneficiaries. Most of the loans were sourced from the Cooperative Rural Bank of Bulacan (CRBB), the Novaliches Cooperative Inc. Euro Credie and ASA foundation. – Perseus EcheminadaBelmonte to spearhead re-election bids of 6 Metro mayors
By Cecille Suerte-Felipe
Publication Date: [Wednesday, February 28, 2007]
Quezon City Mayor Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte will spearhead the re-election bid of six incumbent Lakas-CMD mayors in Metro Manila. Along with Belmonte, those seeking re-election are Mayors Enrico Echiverri of Caloocan City, Lourdes Fernando of Marikina City, Florencio Bernabe of Parañaque City, Sigfrido Tinga of Taguig City and Rosendo Capco of Pateros. Pro-administration coalition parties, composed of Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD), Kabalikat ng Mamamayang Pilipino, Nationalist People’s Coalition, the Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino, and Partido Demokratiko Sosyalista ng Pilipinas are also backing up the candidacy of Manila City Mayor Lito Atienza’s son Ali Atienza of the Liberal Party as their common mayoralty bet for the capital city. The dominant Lakas-CMD is fielding a powerhouse team of local executives in the May 14 elections in a major campaign to extend Lakas’ dominance and push the government’s reform program and anti-poverty projects deeper into the countryside to reach millions more of Filipinos, Speaker Jose de Venecia said Tuesday. De Venecia said those heading the Lakas cast are Bohol Gov. Erico Aumentado, president of both the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) and the League of Provinces; Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, president of the League of Cities (LCP): and Binalonan, Pangasinan Mayor Ramon Guico, president of the League of Municipalities (LMP). Thirty-two other Lakas provincial governors who are heavily favored in their localities will spearhead the campaign of Team Unity and the administration coalition under President Arroyo’s leadership, said De Venecia, Lakas- CMD president. The leading governors are Teresita Lazaro of vote-rich Laguna in Luzon, Carlos Jericho Petilla of Leyte in the Visayas and Jose Ma. Zubiri of Bukidnon in Mindanao. Lakas-CMD national executive director Raymundo Roquero said the ruling party would field some 10,000 official candidates in the more than 17,000 local positions up for grabs in the midterm polls, representing at least 60 percent of all the positions to be contested. “We inherit an economy that is our best in the last six years. We have a big edge against the opposition whose dissonant overtures are being jeered by the electorate,” said Roquero.QC mayor Assures squatters of housingPublication Date: [Sunday, March 04, 2007]
Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. vowed to continue the city government’s efforts to solve the housing problem of local squatters.
Belmonte assured the informal settlers that resettlement sites will have complete amenities. During the regular executive staff meeting at the QC Hall Bulwagang Amoranto last Wednesday, the mayor admitted that the long-term problem of the city is the resettlement of squatters. “We need a huge amount in building subdivisions with amenities for them (squatters),” he said. “Otherwise, the effort is doomed to fail.” Belmonte cited as example the more than 100 families affected by the Payatas garbage slide which were resettled by the city government in Barangay San Jose, in Rodriguez, Rizal. The residents are slowly returning to Payatas because they have no sources of livelihood in Rodriguez. – Perseus Echeminada
QC enlisting youth for garbage reduction program
Publication Date: [Monday, March 05, 2007]
Quezon City’s campaign for garbage reduction at the household level is harnessing students’ creativity in an effort to make the citywide drive more effective in generating youth participation and public support.
Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. formally launched the “Bawas Basura” last Feb. 12 by declaring open to all Grades IV, V and VI students in public schools the “Name the Bawas Basura Mascots” contest. Teams headed by QC Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) chief Frederika Rentoy have been conducting a campus tour in the city’s public elementary schools to promote the campaign and inform school principals and students about the contest. City council majority floor leader Ariel Inton Jr. and city schools division chief Dr. Victoria Fuentes are also at the forefront of the campaign. Bawas Basura is intended to turn the youth of the city into advocates of proper solid waste management. The slogan of the campaign is: “Bawas Basura sa bahay-bahay, Bawas Basura habambuhay.” To popularize the drive, the EPWMD introduced to the public three Bawas Basura mascots, namely Reuse, Recycle and Compost, which are represented by a rat, a cat and a pig. Rentoy said these animals were chosen as mascots because they are usually perceived to be dependent on decaying foodstuff and waste. “Our intention here is to show that we have to get rid of them, if we are truly determined to transform Quezon City into a garbage-free city when it implemented proper solid waste management.” A total of P300,000 in prizes will be given to the three student winners, the homeroom teacher of each winner and the schools with the winning entries. Each student winner will receive a cash prize of P50,000 and their teachers will be rewarded with a P100,000 prize. The schools with the winning entries will receive a P40,000 reward. The winners will receive their cash prizes on March 12 during the flag ceremony at the city hall.
Belmonte cites QC’s garbage-free strategy
By Perseus Echeminada
Publication Date: [Wednesday, March 07, 2007]
Quezon City Mayor Feliciano ‘Sonny’ Belmonte Jr. shared the formula adopted by his administration in transforming Quezon City from being among the dirtiest cities in Metro Manila to become the second cleanest and greenest city in the country today.
In a breakfast forum with the members of the Tuesday Club at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City, the mayor said garbage segregation and efficient collection is the key in keeping the city clean and green. “The formula is simple – recycle, reduce, reuse and compost,” Belmonte told Tuesday Club members. Also present during the informal gathering of top media personalities were. MMDA chairman Bayani Fernando, Samar Gov. Ben Evardone and Quezon City Vice Mayor Herbert Bautista. Belmonte said when he assumed his post in 2001, Quezon City had the dubious reputation as among the dirtiest cities in Metro Manila despite the fact that it was then spending as much as P 70 million a month on garbage collection alone. Today he said the city government only spends an average of P47 million a month just to collect the 1,500 tons of garbage that the 2.4 million people dump everyday. In 2004 Quezon City has been named as the second cleanest and greenest city by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The city has also gained national acclaim as the first urban center to implement the Solid Management Act by pioneering the conversion of the Payatas Open Dump into a controlled waste facility. The Payatas model methane gas extraction project has a high possibility of earning for the city “Carbon Emission Reduction (CER) and once approved the city government will be able to sell these carbon credits to industrialized countries that need to reduce their green house emissions. During the same breakfast forum the mayor also announced that the SB team would again seek re-election in the coming May polls. However, three weeks before the deadline of the filing of candidacy for local candidates no rival against the SB team has surfaced. In the 2004 election former Mayor Ismael “Mel” Mathay Jr. ran under the Opposition banner against Belmonte and political team. For the first time in the political history of Quezon City Belmonte won an overwhelming 466,000-landslide victory against Mathay.Mar 13, 2:44 PM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Jessica Hermosa (Student 5) writes that GMA-7 copied-and-pasted a government press release

  • student 12 | OF PROMISES AND PRESS RELEASES
    By Kristine Servando
    Student 12 Student 12

4th blog 4th blog 4th blog
(unedited by administrator)
An Philippine Daily Inquirer reporter today ran a story that looked suspiciously like a PR article for a local politician running for mayor.The article, titled “Early bird Bernabe vows continuity in programs” by Julie A u r e l i o was published on the Metro Page of the broadsheet on Page A-17, and detailed the plans and promises of Paranaque Mayor Florencio B e r n a b e, who was “the only one among the incumbent mayors in the Southern part of Metro manila” to file his candidacy. The story included bits about his campaign strategy, as well, like mentioning the use of a mascot.The rest of the article told of all his triumphs in cleaning up Paranaque and devoted several paragraphs to the mayor’s professed plans should he win oithe mayoral race, which, he says inthe article, will consist of “do[ing] more of the same.” Why is she expounding on them when he will be doing the same thing anyway? The article is rife with flattering comments, dwelling on the mayor’s feats. For example: “From a dirty, traffic-congested city, the son of former Mayor F l o r e n c i o Sr. (note how the writer did not include the Mayor’s last name which is B e r n a b e) managed t o make it cleaner for both residents and motorists.” The ending of the article reinforces this theme: “But while his mascot is out there entertaining the crowds, B e r n a b e is sure to be somewhere else, fixing what remains of Paranaque’s ‘broken windows’” (or eyesores)The writer used only a single source, which violates the first rule of the code of ethics which prohibits improper emphasis and the PPI Expanded Code of ethics which specifically prohibits single-sourcing. The writer also did not fulfill her duty to air the other side, since the article made no mention of other potential candidates in the mayoral race of Paranaque or asked for comments from the Paranaque residents about B e r n a b e’s enumerated projects to validate these facts. As a postscript, this may not be an isolated case of single-sourcing by the writer Aurelio. a quick check on the internet reveals two more articles where she quoted Mayor B e r n a b e at length and emphasized the good things he has done for the city. [links: ‘Still in Control’ and No more drag racing on macapagal Avenue’ It may be true that the mayor is indeed almost single-handedly improving the city, but for the purposes of balance and fairness, a journalist should not make a habit of relying heavily on one source, especially an individual involved in politics and is about to run in the upcoming election.Mar 13, 2:10 PM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Jessica Hermosa (Student 5) writes that GMA-7 copied-and-pasted a government press release

  • Kaye Mendoza | Willie does it again
    by: Student 9 Kaye Mendoza
    2nd entry 2nd entry 2nd entry

On February 24, 2007, in his show Wowowee, controversial television host Willie Revillame did it again. While looking for possible contestants to the show’s Bigatin segment, Revillame spotted a woman with a flowery head accessory and remarked, “Nadidiligan ba yang flower mo?” The television host has been suspended more than once for obscene remarks and innuendos, this was only one those he thought was pure fun. There were other instances when the tv show host embarrassed audiences by asking questions that caught them off-guard. It is unethical because of the sexual implication of the remark. This ABS-CBN 2’s game show is aired at noontime when most children are having breaks from school and the possibility of the show getting watched is high.Mar 12, 7:25 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — “A Press Release?”, commentary by Weisa Orejola

  • Student 5 | GMA7 Copy-Pasted PIA Press Release
    By Jessica Hermosa STUDENT 5 STUDENT 5 STUDENT 5
    4th blog entry
    Not edited by blog administrator

Last March 5, 2007, the GMA7 news website published verbatim a government press release on the anti-terror bill. GMA7 passed it off as news by putting GMANews.TV as its tagline and posting it under the section “Metro News”.The article was in fact a press release from the government-run Philippine Information Agency (PIA). Below are the links to the two separate websites. One will find that the GMA7 article is identical with the PIA article except for the byline and the 3 paragraphs GMA7 added.http://www.gmanews.tv/story/33045/Palace-sets-enactment-of-anti-terror-bill-Tuesdayhttp://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p070305.htm&no=27GMA7 not only commits the shameful act of plagiarism, but also violates the readers’ trust—something very vital to news media. By claiming that the article was written by their journalists, GMANews.TV deceived its readers into thinking that the article went through the rigors of journalism that supposedly guard against government propaganda and bias.This is a violation of the Philippine Press Institute’s Code of Ethics which states that journalists should not “commit any act of plagiarism”. The expanded code also states that “anonymous sources shall be discouraged, especially if hey are coming from the public sector or publicly accountable agencies”. Although technically, the PIA source was not an anonymous source, the PPI provision just goes to show how important it is to attribute sources.To be fair, it must be mentioned that GMA7 made an effort of keeping the article balanced by adding 3 paragraphs to the PIA news release. These paragraphs cited the opposition of cause-oriented groups towards the anti-terror bill.However, this does not absolve GMA7 from their violation. No self-respecting news organization should copy-paste an article without correct attribution. Furthermore, just because GMA7 published the article on the internet does not mean that journalistic standards are relaxed. The internet can actually turn against them—this writer simply Googled the lead of the PIA article and was promptly led to the plagiarized version on GMA7.Mar 8, 1:59 PM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — vodpodcast

  • Epifanio | no it is not a mater of life and death alone. we are already taking about deeper issue here concerning not only youself but with GOD above. we must humble ourselves to resist the persisting temptations that would likely to devour us amidst the noise all around. we must act now to prevent such cause and to further replenish our wounded souls. if not then we will be slaves not in heaven but in the fire depths of hell. whatever we do we must put GOD as the center of our life and base our desicions on the 8 basis. you should think, consult and search. the act should not violate the moral law and the revealed law. the act should not be worldly and not loving. your conscience should therefore tell you whether or not this ac is correct depending on your ananlysis with the 8 basis. so continnue to preeech the good news of GOD and live as shepherds of men. in JESUS name… AMEN

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  • Student 9 |

Repeated Footage
by: Student 9
1st blog 1st blog 1st blog
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Four Sundays ago, TV Patrol World Linggo featured a video recorded on camera-phone of the alleged failed kidnapping of Philippine Tourism Authority general manager Robert Dean Barbers. The video footage was taken by a media person, whom Barbers said saved him and his family from being kidnapped. A violation was committed by TV Patrol World Linggo when the footage, after it was broadcasted on the same episode of the news program, was repeatedly shown simultaneous with an interview with Barbers. The video was repeatedly shown while anchors Bernadette Sembrano and Alex Santos were interviewing Barbers. The footage was shaky since the person who was taking it was moving and was trying to help Barbers. It showed a man with his shirt off and his companions pointing a gun at Barbers. I think, it was unethical because as they were showing video for many times, the anchors were interviewing Barbers. For audiences, the footage would invoke a feeling of sympathy for him and they would hastily conclude that he was the victim. The repeated airing of the footage, in my opinion, lessened the viewers’ critical thinking because since the video showed Barbers as the victim, people would assume it as fact.Mar 6, 2:51 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — paraphrasing Tina Turner’s what’s love got to do with it.

  • student12 |

“All the needless drama:
Sensationalism in Bandila’s coverage of Kris-James Affair”
by Kristine Servando (student 12)
3rd blog 3rd blog 3rd blog
unedited by administrator
Last February 26, ABS-CBN’s half-hour news show Bandila ran an interview with Kris A q u i n o and James Y a p by news anchor Korina S a n c h e z. It ran about 4 minutes more than its other segments. After that, the show ran a 15-second video montage of the couple prior to their public feud while a melodramatic song with the lyrics “Stay Together” were distinctly heard in the background, complete with wailing violins.Bandila, as a news program, gave IMPROPER EMPHASIS to an issue that, in the first place, has little or no public interest.Running the dramatic montage and insinuating with the song that the couple must stay together is blatant SENSATIONALISM, not essential to the factual report, which is a violation of KBP’s TV Code on News Program standards. There is also a question of conflict of interest since their news subject, Kris A q u i n o is one of their contract stars. By running the montage, the show was editorializing. It was the station’s (or program’s, or news writer’s) own OPINION or COMMENT that the couple should stay together, but the segment was not properly identified as such.Mar 4, 2:45 PM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — paraphrasing Tina Turner’s what’s love got to do with it.

  • annelle tayao |

Single-sourcing in the Inquirer
by: Annelle S. Tayao
Student 17 Student 17 Student 17 Student 17
Unedited by blog administrator
It is imperative for a journalist to get all sides of a story. He/she must never stick to a single source, as this gives a biased account of the situation. This is the very first item stated in the PPI’s Code of Ethics for Journalists:“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.” (source: Philippine Press InstituteInquirer.net has committed an ethical violation against this provision, through the story “‘Militarization of slums is nationwide and must stop’”. The article is basically about the deployment of soldiers to slum areas and the reaction of the Partido ng Manggagawa. The article contained statements only from the Representative of Partido ng Manggagawa and a chairman of their Cebu chapter. The article even mentioned that the chairman even gave a name of a sergeant from the Philippine Army who is supposedly leading the military men in that area. However, the article did not include any statements from that sergeant or even from the Philippine Army.It has been previously discussed in class (J192) that sometimes, reporters fail to interview other sources because of time constraints, or because of the sources’ unavailability. If that were the case in this story, then Inquirer.net should have said so, or at least, they should have provided an explanation as to why they were not able to provide the side of the military. That could have prevented this ethical violation.Mar 4, 4:16 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Conrad S.C. Lacsina points to a news story as election campaign material in Phil. Journal

  • annelle tayao | Single-sourcing in the Inquirer
    by: Annelle S. Tayao
    Student 17 Student 17 Student 17 Student 17
    Unedited by blog administrator

It is imperative for a journalist to get all sides of a story. He/she must never stick to a single source, as this gives a biased account of the situation. This is the very first item stated in the PPI’s Code of Ethics for Journalists:“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.” (source: Philippine Press InstituteInquirer.net has committed an ethical violation against this provision, through the story “‘Militarization of slums is nationwide and must stop’”. The article is basically about the deployment of soldiers to slum areas and the reaction of the Partido ng Manggagawa. The article contained statements only from the Representative of Partido ng Manggagawa and a chairman of their Cebu chapter. The article even mentioned that the chairman even gave a name of a sergeant from the Philippine Army who is supposedly leading the military men in that area. However, the article did not include any statements from that sergeant or even from the Philippine Army.It has been previously discussed in class (J192) that sometimes, reporters fail to interview other sources because of time constraints, or because of the sources’ unavailability. If that were the case in this story, then Inquirer.net should have said so, or at least, they should have provided an explanation as to why they were not able to provide the side of the military. That could have prevented this ethical violation.Mar 4, 4:14 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — There’s hope in the elections: Student 6 comments on Kris-James-Hope coverage by People’s Journal

  • Weisa A. Orejola |

“A press release?”
by Weisa Orejola
Student ten student ten student ten student ten
4th blog entry
On February 14, 2007, the Philippine Daily Inquirer published a story entitled “RP told Oriental treatment is better” under the paper’s “Across the Nation” section. Delmar Carino from Inquirer Northern Luzon wrote this article which says that Asian medical practices, like acupuncture, are better alternative to western drugs and medicine. However, Carino’s source for this article was only Dr. Charles Cheng, director of Baguio Filipino Chinese Hospital. And for that, she committed an ethical violation.According to the PPI’s code of ethics, single source stories must be avoided. Relying on a single person for all the information raises the question of accuracy, validity and fairness of an article. As in the case of Carino’s write up, a reader would wonder if Dr. Cheng is in the right position to be believed that oriental treatment is better. The doctor may have been just expressing mere opinions and not facts. Carino should have sought the opinion of other people who have relevance to the topic such authorities from DOH and WHO to improve the write-up’s credibility. Because she failed to do so, her article seems like a press release for Dr. Cheng and his oriental medical practices.Mar 3, 9:34 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Conrad S.C. Lacsina points to a news story as election campaign material in Phil. Journal

  • Reylee G. Melendres | “Multiple Violations”
    By: Reylee G. Melendres
    Student# 16
    4th Blog Entry
    Unedited by Blog Administrtor

Since the issue about Kris Aquino, James Yap and the Belo receptionist, Hope Centeno came out; media couldn’t escape this controversy being the talk of the town. Various forms of media keep on covering the series of events in this issue and even the Inquirer couldn’t detach itself from what we know as sensationalism.
For consecutive days, this love-triangle topic could be seen in the front page of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI). The PDI Feb. 27, Tuesday publication had again this story in the front page but it was labeled as an entertainment.
The fact that the article was labeled as an entertainment, it is more justifiable to place it in the entertainment page. It is important to consider the news elements and some criteria that should be found in various articles to be appropriate in the front page. The element of news worthy is the first thing that must stand out in a front page article. What would be the benefit of the public in this love-triangle story aside from entertainment?
Kris Aquino is a “big” person in the showbiz industry aside from her family background which gave her prominence. But prominence of a person is not sufficient because it is always attached to the event. In the world of showbiz, the third- party thing is basically not new at all. It is an ordinary thing nowadays.
This issue became news because of the public interest which is tolerated by media for the sake of rating. This only shows how media organizations prioritize this story for their interest. Sensationalism is a form of violation because it is a form of magnifying issues for the sake of ratings/profits, without considering the news values.
If the subject itself commit a violation, this article entitled, Hope: I’ve said everything I wanted to say violates the first provision of the Journalist’s Code of Ethics. The title doesn’t suit the content of the article because it deals more on how the coverage of this story affects the two giant stations, ABS-CBN and GMA. Instead of discussing Hope’s statement in connection with the title, the article overemphasized the outcome of this issue to ABS CBN and GMA.
PDI’s approach on this matter aims to expose the competition that’s going on between the two stations. It can be seen in the sub-stories of this article. Another thing to notice is the inclusion of unreliable statistics to justify their claim that “The Buzz” was the winner in the ratings for the Sunday afternoon talk shows that covered this story. They didn’t show any demographics to strengthen their statement because the basis of their assertion came from SMS ( Text-Messaging etc.). This again, goes against the provision of the expanded code of ethics regarding the use of statistics.
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