Online Coverage of 2010 Elections: Citizen journalists at work

Written on May 17, 2010 – 3:35 pm | by mediaandelections |

Reflecting the changing media landscape, the online medium has evolved into a distinct and powerful source of news and information for the 2010 elections. More and more Filipinos are following and even participating in the online coverage of the elections as social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter bring online news sites closer to netizens. These new web tools have brought the online medium several notches above its 2007 presence and contribution.

Unprecedented in the country’s election history, bloggers and citizen journalists covering the 2010 elections were given media accreditation IDs by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Candidates also realized the power of the new media and posted advertisements on sites such as Youtube and Facebook for the first time. The online presence of political ads has even reached the news headlines as it gained influence and impact on shaping public opinions.

Conversely, the online media have also been the source of image spin  and black propaganda against the candidates. Some of the stories the mainstream media reported, such as the fake psychiatric report of presidential candidate Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and the alleged US mansion of Aquino rival Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr., started online and spread like wildfire over Twitter, Facebook, and email. The online medium has not been just a source of information and news but also the root of some controversies and negative publicity on some candidates.

From just a mere complement to the traditional media during the 2007 elections, the online medium has evolved into a distinct and powerful source of news and information for the 2010 automated polls. The online news sites’ micro sites and special sections on the 2010 polls gave a broader and more in-depth look at the elections.

The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) monitored the following online news websites: Inquirer.net, Philstar.com, GMANews.TV, abs-cbnNEWS.com, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, Manila Bulletin, VERA Files, Bulatlat, Pinoy Weekly, NBNi.TV, Mindanews, Newsbreak Online, Philippine Online Chronicles (POC) and 100Araw.com.

All these websites focused on the national elections especially the presidential race. The preparations and controversies surrounding the automation of the 2010 polls were also closely watched as well as the absentee voting by the overseas Filipino workers. The reports on local elections were mostly sensational, personality-based and election related-violence.

PCIJ, Bulatlat, VERA Files, Pinoy Weekly, Newsbreak Online, Philippine Online Chronicles and 100Araw.com provided some in-depth and investigative reports on the elections which were less tackled by the other media. Their coverage provided a deeper look into issues  overlooked by the mainstream media which focused mainly on personality-based and sensational issues. The in-depth and investigative reports provided a holistic approach to understanding the 2010 elections by balancing the sensational reports with critical stories.

PCIJ, for example, highly criticized the dirty politicking in the elections and the extravagant campaign spending of some presidential candidates. It also looked deeper into the online political ads and text campaigns of the presidential candidates.

Bulatlat took on an alternative approach by focusing on critical reports about Sen. Noynoy Aquino and his family’s involvement in the Hacienda Luisita and agrarian reform controversies.

However, Inquirer.net, Philstar.com, GMANews.TV, abs-cbnNEWS.com, NBNi.TV, Mindanews and Manila Bulletin mostly provided mainstream treatment on their coverage by focusing on personalities and sensational issues. Majority of the reports were in the he-said-she-said format although they also provided a few in-depth and investigative reports.

For example, abs-cbnNEWS.com published opinions, analyses, in-depth and investigative reports in their In-Depth and Insight sections from Newsbreak Online like the inside stories on Sen. Manny Villar’s alleged conflict of interests in relation to his business transactions. To provide local news reports in their website, Inquirer.net included reports from Cebu Daily News although most news had mainstream treatments too.

Mindanews, despite being the only local news website monitored by CMFR, still provided reports mostly focused on the presidential elections.

ONLINE PUBLICATION

FEATURES

SPECIAL SECTIONS

INTERACTIVITY

Inquirer.net

SWS, Ibon and Pulse Asia presidential, vice-presidential and senatorial surveys but only SWS has a senatorial survey and the link to the Ibon surveys is empty; an internal tally of political personalities about who’s hot or not based on the number times a personality is mentioned on the stories posted on the news website; podcasts from the 2007 elections but none for the 2010 elections; videos of the Inquirer’s Presidential Debate; geopolitical map showing the dynamics of the voting population of a city or municipality from 2004 to 2010; voter’s guide containing printable sample ballot and voting process documents; list of COMELEC commissioners but without their profiles; list of senators and cabinet members with their profiles and; contributed blogs powered by Movable Type

Created Eleksyon2010 Special Coverage under their Inquirer Politics micro site

Visitors can leave comments as guests or login through Facebook, Yahoo!, and Twitter but only for the news articles and blogs

abs-cbnNEWS.com

Link to COMELEC’s list of presidential, vice-presidential, senatorial, congressional, party-list and local electoral candidates; related articles from Newsbreak and AFP; profiles of the presidential candidates; video streaming; classified articles and videos according to their specified subtopics of election; SWS and Pulse Asia presidential surveys; an interactive interface on the voting processes, automated machine functions and sample ballot parts; and links to COMELEC, PPCRV and Smartmatic

Created micro sites Halalan 2010: Boto Mo Ipatrol Mo Ako ang Simula, under the Nation section, and Halalan 101: Poll Automation Helper; it also had other special sections In-Depth and Insight apart from micro sites

Like in blogs, visitors can leave comments but only on news articles; they can comment on videos and about their other concerns through email or text

PCIJ

Videos on election related reports, podcasts on interviews of presidential candidates, list of presidential, vice-presidential, senatorial and party-list candidates, a 2010 election calendar, and a national directory of COMELEC officials by region

Created the special 2010 Election Files under its micro site I-site The Information Site on Philippine Politics and Government

Visitors can only leave comments on the PCIJ blogs but they can download audio files of podcasts in mp3 format

Bulatlat

Video streaming, publishes news releases with disclaimer, live chat

Created special section Bulatlat Special Coverage 2010 Elections

Like in blogs, visitors can leave a comment

Manila Bulletin

Internal presidential poll with results

Created a special section Election 2010

No tool for comments

Pinoy Weekly

Video streaming and compilation of election related articles under the tag 2010 election

Election articles under the special section Eleksiyong 2010

Visitors can leave comments and share the articles in Twitter and Facebook.

VERA Files

Video streaming; includes non-VERA Files election articles; grouping of articles according to specific topics; links to survey results; list of presidential, vice-presidential, senatorial and party-list candidates with their profiles except for the party-lists; copy of the candidates’ certificate of candidacies; voter’s guide and sample ballots for local elections; included the presidential candidates’ platform of government; links to different media organizations and to broadcast, online and newspapers media outfits; and downloadable controversial documents concerning public issues (i.e. the SALN of Rep. Mickey Arroyo)

Created micro site Vote 2010

Visitors can email and share the article through Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites, no tool for comments

NBNi.TV

Video streaming, instructional videos for the election process, TV campaign ads of some presidential and vice-presidential candidates, geopolitical maps and SWS presidential surveys, list and profiles of presidential and vice-presidential candidates

Created the micro site Hatol ng Bayan 2010

No tool for comments

Newsbreak Online

News coverage about local to national candidates, COMELEC updates, elections in general

Election related stories placed under the

Institution Watch section, Election

Online visitors can follow the site through Twitter and Facebook and leave comments on articles through their social media sites like Reddit!, Slashdot, Facebook, Netscape, Newsvine

Philstar.com

Countdown of the May 2010 elections “Bantay Halalan”; list of presidential, vice-presidential, senatorial candidates with their profiles; videos from “The Vote 2010”; photos of election candidates with their daily activities, podcasts (candidates speeches, talks, interviews with philstar.com), Articles about election candidates “A day in the life…”

Created the special section ELECTION 2010

Readers can visit and leave comments on the Philippine Star’s fan page in Facebook

Mindanews

Special Report: The “Presidentiables” and Mindanao

2010 -2016;

Mayor and Governors: “It’s still all in the family in Mindanao’s political landscape” Election Security mostly in Mindanao

Created special section,

ELECTION 2010

Visitors can share the stories through different social media sites

GMANews.TV

Profile of candidates and their daily activities all throughout election period (mostly presidential candidates), Interactive Maps “Who went where and when? The 2010 elections campaign trail map, videos (from news programs of GMA 7), Balitang Pinoy “Local and national elections” news updates, poll automation updates from COMELEC

Created special section,

ELECTION 2010

Visitors can share articles through different social media sites and YouScoop where everyone can upload their election related videos

Philippine Online Chronicles

Live video streaming on GNN TV; videos reports; podcasts of presidential candidates; related links to COMELEC resolutions and other election laws; links to other foreign and local news organizations; downloadable documents on automated elections guidelines, election rules and presidential candidates’ platform; slideshow of election photos from Flickr; handbook on automated elections,

canvassing and general election monitoring; archive of election news; a micro site functioning like Twitter where visitors can leave comments or “tweets”; partnered with UP Law, PPCRV and Yahoo

Created a special section on the poll automation called AES 2010 and another separate section devoted to election news called Election 2010; has a Twitter-like micro site where visitor can leave comments called tweetmeme

Visitors can leave comments like in blogs; visitors can connect to Philippine Online Chronicles through Facebook, Twitter, Plurk, Youtube and through subscription

100Araw

Countdown to May 2010 elections, interviews with the senatorial candidates, Overseas Absentee Voting Updates, video: “paano bumoto sa mayo 10”, collaborated with Yahoo Philippines for publishing election related reports & photos

Partylist Section – articles all about party list candidates

Visitors can leave comments after every article

#juanvote – netizens use this hash tag when they tweet in twitter for free and honest elections,

Special Sites

All of the monitored websites created a special section or micro site for the coverage of the 2010 automated elections. The micro sites and special sections served as a compiler of all election-related reports and as a guideline for the netizens to see and understand the latest and most important election issues.

Video streaming, graphic representation of surveys, geopolitical maps, automated election guides, downloadable election-related documents, podcasts, list of national candidates and their profiles, and external links to media and other institutions with relevance to the elections were the common features of the micro sites and election sections.

The website counterpart of the mainstream media organizations GMA 7’s GMANews.TV, ABS-CBN 2’s abs-cbnNEWS.com, Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Inquirer.net and The Philippine Star’s Philstar.com functioned not just as archives for their parent organizations’ reports but as supplements to its limitations.

GMANews.TV’s “Eleksyon 2010” created Interactive Maps dubbed “Who went where and when? The 2010 elections campaign trail map” which followed the daily activities of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates throughout the election campaign period. Abs-cbnNEWS.com’s “Halalan 2010: Boto Mo Ipatrol Mo Ako ang Simula (Elections 2010: Your Vote, Your Watch I am the Start)” micro site and its special sections In-Depth and Insight published some in-depth reports and an archive of written election reports. Moreover, it also dedicated a micro site for the poll automation guidelines which offered visual and interactive step by step procedure on the automated process of voting and counting as well as a detailed description of the PCOS machines parts and its corresponding functions.

For the Inquirer.net’s “Eleksyon2010 Special Coverage” and Philstar.com’s “Election 2010”, both had video streaming and podcasts election reports although Inquirer.net only had podcasts reports on the 2007 elections. Inquirer.net also provided netizens with the video report of the Inquirer’s Presidential Debate, geopolitical maps showing the voting population dynamics of every municipality and city in the country from 2004 to 2010, guidelines and downloadable documents for the 2010 automated polls, and an interactive match-up of political figures it provided where the visitors can compare one politician to another about who’s hot or not based on the number times a political figure is mentioned on the stories posted on the news website.

The government-owned NBN-4 also had NBNi.TV with the micro site “Hatol ng Bayan (Nation’s Judgment)” 2010 which has a geopolitical map showing the regional voting population, surveys and instructional videos on the automated voting process.

Video streaming and reports was also featured in PCIJ, POC, Bulatlat, Pinoy Weekly and VERA Files. PCIJ’s I-Site The Information Site on Philippine Politics and Government: 2010 Election Files had a special section featuring the statements of the presidential candidates on “Pera at Pulitika” (Money and Politics). It is also the only website that provided a Commission on Elections (Comelec) Directory of Election Officials for Luzon, National Capital Region, Visayas and Mindanao. VERA Files’ “VOTE2010” provided readers with downloadable copies of the national candidates’ Certificate of Candidacy, voter’s education specials which featured downloadable comics and slideshows for the essential information for the automated voting process and a video tutorial on the automated voting process produced by the Foundation for Communication Initiatives. POC’s “Election 2010” had a live video streaming of GNN TV and its “AES 2010” had downloadable automated election guidelines and presidential candidates’ platforms documents.

Mindanews.com’s “Election 2010” featured special reports like the “Presidentiables” and Mindanao 2010-2016, wherein the presidential candidates were asked questions on how  they viewed Mindanao and what  they will do for Mindanao when elected  president.

Guiding Voters

Aside from keeping up with the vast demand for information, the online media also served as guides in the first automated polls in the country through their guidelines on the voting process.

“Halalan 101”, “VOTE2010” and “AES 2010” had external links to Comelec lists of national and local candidates, to other media organizations and to Comelec rules and other laws on election, respectively. Most of the sites monitored also carried profiles of candidates running.

Some micro sites, namely VERA Files, GMANews.TV and Philstar.com, also followed the campaign trail of the presidential candidates showing the visitors the scope of a candidate’s campaign on a national scale. On the other hand, Inquirer.net and Manila Bulletin also had an internal poll on the presidential candidates. A printable sample ballot was also available in the election guide section of Inquirer.net.

New Web Tools

The newest web tool used by most of the websites monitored were the the social networking sites (SNS) as  means of soliciting netizen participation. Netizens nowadays are not just limited to leaving comments but can upload  videos, photos and other reports and interact with  website administrators through the social networking sites. The online coverage of the 2010 elections gained more participation and awareness from the citizens  compared to the 2007 elections online coverage.

GMANews.TV’s “YouScoop” and abs-cbnNEWS.com’s “Halalan 2010” solicited video and photo uploads from citizen journalists who wish to report election related concerns.

Facebook and Twitter are among the most popular SNS used by majority of the websites to gain more awareness among and participation by netizens. Twitter and Facebook  had a pronounced presence in  the campaign for the national and local elections. Many candidates created  Twitter accounts and Facebook fan pages to update their supporters on their daily activities even before the campaign started. This new web tools were an advantage for some candidates who have obscure backgrounds.  They could also transmit news faster than  websites.

Although  micro blogging sites were a big help, they also introduced  unfiltered information and black propaganda most especially in the Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates. An example  is the report on a   mansion supposedly owned by  Presidential Candidate Manny Villar in Salt Lake City, Utah in the United States. It started in Twitter and pictures were passed on through email like wildfire. A photo of vice presidential candidate Jejomar Binay and his alleged mistress was leaked to the Internet at a time when Binay’s survey ratings surged, leading  Binay to admit that he had had an extra-marital affair but that it happened and  ended a long time ago.

Video streaming and podcasts are now utilized by almost all of the websites. In addition, there are now more downloadable documents, even podcasts, to guide  netizens on the automated elections.

Plotting the Elections

The interactive maps of some news websites mainly served as  tools for netizens to get a view of the dynamics of voter population throughout the different provinces in the country and  the nationwide campaign trails of the presidential candidates.  There were more geopolitical maps from different websites compared to the 2007 elections.

GMANews.TV provided an interactive map showing the Comelec’S official list of candidates from local to national elections. The site also provided  regular updates on the campaign trail map of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates in the regions, provinces, and urban. Compared to the 2007 interactive maps, the 2010 maps were  inferior in terms of the information they offered. They failed to maintain the depth and information-rich features of the 2007 maps.

VERA Files also had a geopolitical map which showed the campaign sorties of the presidential candidates by putting flags on the places the candidate had gone to.

On the other hand, both NBNi.TV and Inquirer.net featured a geopolitical map showing the number of registered voters for every region throughout the country. NBNi.TV showed the number of cities, municipalities, barangays, precincts and registered voters in every province as of March 17, 2009 while Inquirer.net showed the dynamics of the voting population of every city or municipality from 2004 to 2010, thus allowing  netizens to compare the figures from 2004 to 2010.

Other Angles

In all of the news websites, the notable common issues closely watched were the monitoring of the automation of the 2010 polls and the election spending and integrity of the national candidates, especially of the presidential candidates.

Bulatlat, for example, did a series of articles and video documentaries on the Hacienda Luisita controversies on the accountability of the Aquino family and especially of Sen. Noynoy Aquino to the workers of the hacienda. It gave in-depth reports and analyses on the agrarian reform issues surrounding the distribution of  Hacienda Luisita to its workers. Bulatlat also did the closest monitoring of the party –list groups as most of the website’s reports focused on the party-lists. Similarly, 100Araw also did a close monitoring of party-list groups as its special section was dedicated to party-list related articles.

PCIJ  did a series of analyses and in-depth stories on the presidential candidates’ campaign spending, on the penetration of the political ads in the online world and on the political ads war of the presidential candidates. It did a critique on the excessive political ads of presidential candidates Senators Manny Villar and Ninoy Aquino III and on the seemingly intrusive online ads of Villar over the different social networking sites and blog sites. In addition, it did an analysis of the text-blast campaigning of the national candidates.

Pinoy Weekly closely monitored the different social, economic, political and cultural issues mostly left out in other media outfits and the possibility of failure elections.

As for Manila Bulletin, the website did a series of monitors on the issue of flying voters. Newsbreak monitored the activities of the election aspirants that were ignored by other sites.

Online publication

Focus of Coverage

Treatment of stories

Inquirer.net

Most reports were on the national elections, especially the presidential and vice-presidential race; local election news but mostly from Cebu Daily News hence focusing mainly in Cebu and other key cities in the south; surveys; COMELEC rules on elections; poll automation; voters’ education; some reports on senatorial and party-list race; some reports on social, economic and political issues in the country to be passed on to the next government officials; key sectors’ reactions and statements on public issues mostly in relation to presidential race and to electoral processes and automation concerns; election violence; OFW voting

Mainstream; most stories, both on local and national elections, were in the he-said-she-said format; most of the election reports were personality based

abs-cbnNEWS.com

Most reports were on presidential race; surveys; poll automation; voters’ education; OFW voting

Mainstream; personality based reports; leaned towards the popular issue involved

PCIJ

Most reports were on the monitoring of election spending by national candidates, especially presidential candidates; monitoring of the online and text-blasting campaigns of presidential candidates; dynamics of surveys and its implications; COMELEC rules on election and; party-list candidates

In-depth reporting on ignored and less tackled issues on other media outfits; highly critical of dirty election practices by candidates, especially presidential and vice-presidential candidates

Manila Bulletin

Most reports on national elections on presidential, vice-presidential, senatorial and party-list; some local election reports mostly about mayoral races; poll automation; surveys; COMELEC’s issue on flying voters; the GMA factor on presidential candidates; and Church-related issues

Mainstream; mostly personality based; some reports in he-said-she-said format

VERA Files

Most reports were on presidential race and local election news, voters’ education, election automation monitoring and election rules and election-related violence

More in-depth report on less tackled election issues and provided information lacking in other medium

Bulatlat

Most reports are about the national election but mostly about party-list candidates followed by the top presidential candidates and the senatorial race, respectively; some local election news, but mostly from Mindanao; fear of failure of poll automation and of the elections; election rules; election-related violence; overseas voting; movements for a successful poll automation

Alternative; highly critical of Sen. Noynoy Aquino in relation to the controversies of land reform and of the Hacienda Luisista which they backed with complementary video documentaries; in-depth report on key election issues; leaned towards the sensational; publishes press releases but are labeled accordingly

NBNi.TV

Most reports were on issues related to the processes of the automated 2010 polls; some news on the presidential and party-list race; absentee voting; security during the 2010 polls

Mainstream; leaned towards the government’s side and to the top candidates

Pinoy Weekly

Most reports were on the national elections, especially on the presidential candidates’ platforms and stands on key social, economic, political and cultural issues; monitoring of a possible failure of election due to the automation of 2010 polls

Alternative; in-depth look on less tackled and ignored issues in other media; highly critical of the government and of the predominant culture in Philippine politics

Newsbreak Online

Most of the reports are issues about presidential candidates and their political groups, also about elections in general, political ads, COMELEC updates about the poll automation

They provide accurate information and focused more on election issues rather than the sensational election news stories.

Philstar.com

Equal reports of national and local elections through their micro site ELECTION 2010, daily activities of candidates, most reports were on presidential, vice presidential and senatorial issues, poll automation

More on sensational issues

GMANews.TV

Most reports were on the national elections, especially on the presidential, vice-presidential candidates; elections in general

He/she said format of reports, sensational/popular news stories

Mindanews

Most reports about Presidential candidates, Mindanao (local) elections, election –related violence

He said/she said format, sensational issues

Philippine Online Chronicles

Mostly national elections especially on the presidential and senatorial race; party-list reports; some local elections but mostly in Mindanao; election-related violence; survey results mostly on presidential polls; COMELEC preparations and controversies of the poll automation;

Some in-depth reports on less tackled issues; he-said-she-said format on popular issues and controversies; some reports were personality based

100Araw

Most reports were on the national elections, poll automation, party lists and OFW voting, COMELEC updates

Focused on some issues that were less tackled in mainstream sites

– Kristina Noelle Andaya  and Marie Alexis Bahillo

Download the report here (Word or PDF). Download the tables here (Word or PDF).

ONLINE PUBLICATION

FEATURES

SPECIAL SECTIONS

INTERACTIVITY

Inquirer.net

SWS, Ibon and Pulse Asia presidential, vice-presidential and senatorial surveys but only SWS has a senatorial survey and the link to the Ibon surveys is empty; an internal tally of political personalities about who’s hot or not based on the number times a personality is mentioned on the stories posted on the news website; podcasts from the 2007 elections but none for the 2010 elections; videos of the Inquirer’s Presidential Debate; geopolitical map showing the dynamics of the voting population of a city or municipality from 2004 to 2010; voter’s guide containing printable sample ballot and voting process documents; list of COMELEC commissioners but without their profiles; list of senators and cabinet members with their profiles and; contributed blogs powered by Movable Type

Created Eleksyon2010 Special Coverage under their Inquirer Politics micro site

Visitors can leave comments as guests or login through Facebook, Yahoo!, and Twitter but only for the news articles and blogs

abs-cbnNEWS.com

Link to COMELEC’s list of presidential, vice-presidential, senatorial, congressional, party-list and local electoral candidates; related articles from Newsbreak and AFP; profiles of the presidential candidates; video streaming; classified articles and videos according to their specified subtopics of election; SWS and Pulse Asia presidential surveys; an interactive interface on the voting processes, automated machine functions and sample ballot parts; and links to COMELEC, PPCRV and Smartmatic

Created micro sites Halalan 2010: Boto Mo Ipatrol Mo Ako ang Simula, under the Nation section, and Halalan 101: Poll Automation Helper; it also had other special sections In-Depth and Insight apart from micro sites

Like in blogs, visitors can leave comments but only on news articles; they can comment on videos and about their other concerns through email or text

PCIJ

Videos on election related reports, podcasts on interviews of presidential candidates, list of presidential, vice-presidential, senatorial and party-list candidates, a 2010 election calendar, and a national directory of COMELEC officials by region

Created the special 2010 Election Files under its micro site I-site The Information Site on Philippine Politics and Government

Visitors can only leave comments on the PCIJ blogs but they can download audio files of podcasts in mp3 format

Bulatlat

Video streaming, publishes news releases with disclaimer, live chat

Created special section Bulatlat Special Coverage 2010 Elections

Like in blogs, visitors can leave a comment

Manila Bulletin

Internal presidential poll with results

Created a special section Election 2010

No tool for comments

Pinoy Weekly

Video streaming and compilation of election related articles under the tag 2010 election

Election articles under the special section Eleksiyong 2010

Visitors can leave comments and share the articles in Twitter and Facebook.

VERA Files

Video streaming; includes non-VERA Files election articles; grouping of articles according to specific topics; links to survey results; list of presidential, vice-presidential, senatorial and party-list candidates with their profiles except for the party-lists; copy of the candidates’ certificate of candidacies; voter’s guide and sample ballots for local elections; included the presidential candidates’ platform of government; links to different media organizations and to broadcast, online and newspapers media outfits; and downloadable controversial documents concerning public issues (i.e. the SALN of Rep. Mickey Arroyo)

Created micro site Vote 2010

Visitors can email and share the article through Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites, no tool for comments

NBNi.TV

Video streaming, instructional videos for the election process, TV campaign ads of some presidential and vice-presidential candidates, geopolitical maps and SWS presidential surveys, list and profiles of presidential and vice-presidential candidates

Created the micro site Hatol ng Bayan 2010

No tool for comments

Newsbreak Online

News coverage about local to national candidates, COMELEC updates, elections in general

Election related stories placed under the

Institution Watch section, Election

Online visitors can follow the site through Twitter and Facebook and leave comments on articles through their social media sites like Reddit!, Slashdot, Facebook, Netscape, Newsvine

Philstar.com

Countdown of the May 2010 elections “Bantay Halalan”; list of presidential, vice-presidential, senatorial candidates with their profiles; videos from “The Vote 2010”; photos of election candidates with their daily activities, podcasts (candidates speeches, talks, interviews with philstar.com), Articles about election candidates “A day in the life…”

Created the special section ELECTION 2010

Readers can visit and leave comments on the Philippine Star’s fan page in Facebook

Mindanews

Special Report: The “Presidentiables” and Mindanao

2010 -2016;

Mayor and Governors: “It’s still all in the family in Mindanao’s political landscape” Election Security mostly in Mindanao

Created special section,

ELECTION 2010

Visitors can share the stories through different social media sites

GMANews.TV

Profile of candidates and their daily activities all throughout election period (mostly presidential candidates), Interactive Maps “Who went where and when? The 2010 elections campaign trail map, videos (from news programs of GMA 7), Balitang Pinoy “Local and national elections” news updates, poll automation updates from COMELEC

Created special section,

ELECTION 2010

Visitors can share articles through different social media sites and YouScoop where everyone can upload their election related videos

Philippine Online Chronicles

Live video streaming on GNN TV; videos reports; podcasts of presidential candidates; related links to COMELEC resolutions and other election laws; links to other foreign and local news organizations; downloadable documents on automated elections guidelines, election rules and presidential candidates’ platform; slideshow of election photos from Flickr; handbook on automated elections,

canvassing and general election monitoring; archive of election news; a micro site functioning like Twitter where visitors can leave comments or “tweets”; partnered with UP Law, PPCRV and Yahoo

Created a special section on the poll automation called AES 2010 and another separate section devoted to election news called Election 2010; has a Twitter-like micro site where visitor can leave comments called tweetmeme

Visitors can leave comments like in blogs; visitors can connect to Philippine Online Chronicles through Facebook, Twitter, Plurk, Youtube and through subscription

100Araw

Countdown to May 2010 elections, interviews with the senatorial candidates, Overseas Absentee Voting Updates, video: “paano bumoto sa mayo 10”, collaborated with Yahoo Philippines for publishing election related reports & photos

Partylist Section – articles all about party list candidates

Visitors can leave comments after every article

#juanvote – netizens use this hash tag when they tweet in twitter for free and honest elections,

CMFR Monitor of the News Media Coverage of 2013 Elections

Given the special nature of the 2013 campaign and elections, the media’s role as credible and critical sources of information and analysis during the election season bears watching. The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) is monitoring the news media coverage of the 2013 campaign and elections in the context of both the special circumstances in which they were taking place, and the opportunity for improved and meaningful reporting and analysis the exercise offered to the Philippine media. 

CMFR has been monitoring media coverage of Philippine elections since 1992, and in every instance has made recommendations towards the improvement of media coverage. These efforts have not been unrewarded. Changes in media coverage incorporating some of the recommendations of the CMFR monitor in 2004 were evident, for example, in the media coverage of the 2007 elections.


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