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Journalism-PR alliance seen to combat disinformation

Journalism-PR alliance seen to combat disinformation

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by MATTHEW DAVE JUCOM AN ALLIANCE between journalists and public relations (PR) practitioners could combat disinformation in social media, a veteran journalist and educator said. UST journalism professor and former ABS-CBN News Channel anchor Christian Esguerra said a collaboration between “honest-to-goodness” practitioners would help address the issue. “I am allergic to political PR because I know how they operate and a big part of their job is to manipulate perceptions,” Esguerra said during a forum organized by the International Public Relations Association Philippines (IPRA) on Friday, August 26. “But in this case, I am talking about a possible alliance between honest-to-goodness journalists and honest-to-goodness PR practitioners because I suppose no PR practitioner ...
Rappler shutdown a form of oppression, media profs say

Rappler shutdown a form of oppression, media profs say

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THE STATE corporate regulator’s decision to reaffirm the closure order against digital news organization Rappler is a direct form of “media repression,” journalism and communication professors said. Two days before former President Rodrigo Duterte left office, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order affirming the revocation of the certificates of incorporation of Rappler, Inc. and Rappler Holdings Corp. (RHC) for their alleged violation of constitutional and statutory restrictions on foreign ownership in mass media. The SEC stood by its 2018 decision which found Rappler liable for allegedly violating the constitutional and statutory foreign equity restrictions in mass media. According to the corporate regulator, Rappler issued Philippine Depositary Receipts (...
Trolling for the truth? Two online trolls claim they are not just after the money

Trolling for the truth? Two online trolls claim they are not just after the money

Features
by RY PHILIP JACO T. GALVAN WEEKS BEFORE the official start of this year’s local campaigns, Raphy and Harry (not their real names) have already posted propaganda on social media. They would call out and highlight the opposition’s wrongdoing, which could benefit the local politician they are serving.  As the tight race for city mayor heated up, trolls from both sides hurled insults and allegations against each other. Raphy and Harry had been doing everything to promote their candidate and to discredit their rivals, even at the expense of truth. “Corrupt!” they wrote as if unleashing hell towards their target social media users.   While they do not have substantial evidence to back their claim, the two insisted that what they wrote was the truth. “I do not lie when ...
[Plot Twist] The Blue Normal – Finding serenity from within

[Plot Twist] The Blue Normal – Finding serenity from within

Features, The Blue Normal
"With only a month left in this year, what is something you are hoping for to happen?" To spend the last month of the year with my family—just the joy of enjoying each other’s company and being thankful for all God’s blessings. As simple as that. Nothing [grander] because I believe that 2021 has spared enough room for me to prosper and grow. For that, I’m thankful already.  "What do you consider your biggest plot twist this year?" [It] would be finally choosing myself [...] For so long, I was in a dark corner… This year, I learned to finally encourage myself to grow regardless of the past. I [also] learned [to muster] the courage to cut ties [with some people]  and build walls around my peace, [which is] something that won’t be broken easily.                 - Vhey Tapia, j...
It Comes and It Ghosts: Why People Just Disappear From Relationships

It Comes and It Ghosts: Why People Just Disappear From Relationships

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by RY PHILIP JACO T. GALVAN   BAM’S* RELATIONSHIP with Belle* was going well. They would share life stories and experiences, bonding to the extent the virtual world could allow them. They were not officially dating, but according to the journalism junior, he thought it was "something."  “Hi,” Bam sends enthusiastically.  An hour later, his phone rings with a “hello” floating on his lock screen. He quickly replies, asking Belle how she’s been.  Belle leaves the message on-read.  He sends a myriad of messages later on, of which half of them were left “seen” and the latter half—“delivered.” Bam was optimistic that the exchange would develop into something long-term.  All of this was for naught as Bam felt that Belle was slowly drifting away—until it finally happe...
Professorial Chair holder: Never forget Martial Law

Professorial Chair holder: Never forget Martial Law

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FILIPINOS MUST remember what happened during Martial Law as forgetting or denying the abuses during the period is a form of silencing its victims, a multi-awarded scholar said. Prof. Joyce Arriola, holder of the Teodoro F. Valencia Professorial Chair in Journalism, noted that an avalanche of information and the plurality of opinions are competing with the truth behind the Martial Law narrative. “Some of this information may be true, but some are also false. [Forgetting as an] annulment is done by flooding the market with information, which led to confusion and the muting of the essential story,” Arriola said during her professorial lecture last Nov. 13. Arriola, also the director of the Research Center for Culture, Arts, and the Humanities, said values such as truth, justice, ...
Journalism program head wins Catholic mass media award

Journalism program head wins Catholic mass media award

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The head of the university’s journalism program has been recognized by the Diocese of Pasig for his contributions and efforts to uphold Christian and positive values. Journalism program coordinator Felipe Salvosa II has been awarded with the 2021 Servus Dei award, which is given to outstanding media practitioners in Pasig, Pateros, and Taguig, areas that are under the diocese’s jurisdiction. “Communicators have a most important part to play in forming public opinion, and the development of public opinion in the Church is in fact deemed essential,” Salvosa said during the 8th annual Pasig Catholic Mass Media Awards (PCMMA) held last Nov. 6. “At the same time, it admonishes us that not every opinion that is given publicity, including propaganda, should be taken as a true express...
(UPDATED) Communication Arts, Journalism to be prioritized in face-to-face classes, says Artlets Dean

(UPDATED) Communication Arts, Journalism to be prioritized in face-to-face classes, says Artlets Dean

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by MATTHEW DAVE A. JUCOM and NILLICENT B. BAUTISTA (UPDATED AS OF 9:00 P.M.) COMMUNICATION AND Journalism programs would be prioritized once the government allows the resumption of face-to-face classes in the University, Faculty of Arts and Letters Dean Marilu Madrunio said. "If the government approves the resumption of face-to-face classes, our priority would be the Communication and Journalism programs since there are courses in higher years in those programs that require face-to-face interactions," Madrunio told The Flame. "Please note that our priority would be the higher years for Communication and Journalism only," she added. The Commission on Higher Education has allowed the resumption of limited in-person classes in areas under Alert Level 2, including Metro Manila, ...
Pulitzer Prize winner joins UST journalism faculty

Pulitzer Prize winner joins UST journalism faculty

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by KRISTINE ERIKA L. AGUSTIN PULITZER PRIZE-winning journalist Manuel “Manny” Mogato, who was recognized for his coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on illegal drugs, is now a part of the university’s journalism program. Mogato was appointed as an adjunct professor – a new category for faculty members – last Aug. 27. The veteran journalist said he aims to inspire students to have passion for and commitment to their craft by sharing his experiences from his nearly 40-year career. “It’s a public service whether we like it or not. Malaki sa democracy ang ginagawang role ng journalist so nalulungkot lang ako na parang nawawala yung passion, dedication, [and] commitment sa ating profession (Journalists play a big role in democracy so I’m sad that we seem to be los...
Youth urged to educate cynical voters, fact-check politicians

Youth urged to educate cynical voters, fact-check politicians

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JOURNALISM PROFESSORS and media professionals have urged the youth to educate voters who have lost faith in the electoral process and to scrutinize the statements of candidates running for office. ABS-CBN News Channel anchor and UST journalism professor Christian Esguerra said the youth’s role in the upcoming elections is significant because they can help other voters come up with informed decisions. “Malaki ang role niyong kabataan [sa eleksyon] kasi kayo ang magtuturo doon sa mga botanteng naging cynical na. You can help guide them, even your parents [and] the elders (The youth has a big role in the elections because you will teach voters that have become cynical. You can guide them, even your parents and the elders),” Esguerra said during the Boboto AKO sa 2022 webinar last We...