By Luis V. Teodoro THE REFORM of the government media system mostly consisting of radio and television networks has been tried at least once. But an announcement of the government intention to do so also came much later, after three administrations– the Ramos, Estrada and Arroyo regimes– had come and gone. After the EDSA […]
By Luis V. Teodoro IN HIS book Public Opinion (1921), the US journalist and public intellectual Walter Lippmann argued that for democracy to work, the consent of the governed must be “manufactured” by those who have the interest and the knowledge to look into the complexities of public issues and policy. The collective interests of […]
PRESUMABLY SPEAKING for President Benigno Aquino III, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma described martial rule — which Ferdinand Marcos imposed throughout the country 43 years ago through Presidential Proclamation 1081 — as “one of the darkest chapters in the country’s history.”
“BIZARRE” WAS how an American journalist, who’s in the Philippines to write an article on the killing of journalists, described what he’s finding out
LAST WEEK’S flurry of media attention on Tacloban City and some other areas in the Visayas supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) smashed into on November 8, 2013 has once more underlined the persistence in the media of the habit of erratic reporting in the aftermath of even the most significant events only to refocus attention on them once they’re commemorated.
EVERY REPORTER is—or should be—familiar with the who, what, where, when, why and how of news writing. What happened, to whom, where it happened, how, why and when are the details in the news that immediately provide media readers, viewers and listeners the information they seek about the events around them. The facts are important and are the fundamentals that immediately provide media audiences answers to their questions on what happened.
ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE suggests mass disaffection with Philippine politics in the wake of the scandals that regularly appear in the Philippine media.
TO THEIR credit, some radio and TV stations as well as broadsheets have been commemorating the declaration of martial rule in 1972 by airing and presenting special reports every September.
NO ONE — certainly not the journalism community and the public it serves — benefits from the attempts to make it seem as if the killing of journalists in the Philippines is not as big a problem as both national and international journalists, press freedom and media advocacy groups say it is.
IN ONE more demonstration of the Philippine military’s incapacity for anything resembling objective judgment, which results in its chronic inability to distinguish between victims and victimizers, the retired generals of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, through the Association of General and Flag Officers (AGFO), their 800-strong organization, decried what they said was the “trial by publicity” that their cohort Jovito Palparan Jr., has been getting.