By Luis V. Teodoro THE WESTERN media, according to one view, are the benchmarks of accuracy, fairness and impartiality. They are the watchdogs of government, the actions and policies of which they monitor in behalf of the citizenry so that the power delegated to the politicians by a sovereign people are neither abused nor used […]
By Luis V. Teodoro IS THE journalist only a technician skilled in reporting the narratives of the powerful? Or are journalistic skills — the capacity to look for and to tell a story, and to momentarily engage viewers, listeners or readers — only part of the resources he or she needs as a participant in […]
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.