By MA. LEANDRA A. TAMARES FAKE NEWS is a historical concept and human nature is one of the reasons why it “has been around forever,” American journalism scholar Stephanie Edgerly told Artlets on Wednesday. “There is a big tendency for us to believe something, or agree with something, or think it’s more credible and trustworthy when it supports our identities, when it supports our viewpoints,” she said during the 3rd John Jefferson Siler Forum. Edgerly is an associate professor from the Medill School of Journalism of Northwestern University. Marishelle Medina, a lecturer from the journalism program, agreed with Edgerly and said fake news exists because readers want to believe such stories. “We need to question our belief. As a journalist, what is our task? Our task is to dis
By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN THE UST Journalism Society (JournSoc) denounced the killing of Davao journalist Dennis Denora, the sixth journalist killed since Pres. Rodrigo Duterte assumed office. In their statement released Saturday, JournSoc questioned the effectiveness of Duterte's Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS). https://www.facebook.com/ustjrnsoc/posts/1887139671338400 “While Duterte has formed the [PTFoMS], journalists still fall prey to violence, creating the impression that the president’s move did little if nothing to deter criminals like Denora’s killers from committing their nefarious acts,” the statement read. Denora was shot on June 7 in Panabo City by two men on a motorcycle. He was a publisher of the community paper Trends and Times. JournSo
By CRIS EUGENE T. GIANAN STUDENT BODIES of the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) denounced the Sunday decision of the University of Santo Tomas Alumni Association, Inc. (UST-AAI) to honor Presidential Communications Office Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson with a government service award. In a statement, the AB Student Council "strongly urged" the UST-AAI to revoke Uson's award despite the alumni association's insistence that the honor inspires recipients to live the Thomasian core values. “The ABSC still highly believes that she does not deserve to receive any form of award, which entails a reward for her merits; let alone be recognized by the University as a notable alumn[a],” the statement read. The UST Journalism Society branded the award as “a serious insult” to other Thom
JOURNALISTS should remain ethical in their profession despite the challenges posed by the current administration and the development of technology, seasoned media practitioners stressed in a forum held May 20. Joseph Alwyn Alburo, GMA network program manager and UST Journalism lecturer, said journalists should continue to be truthful and loyal to the public in every report they make. “Let's level up our game, level up our journalism. Weaponize truth-telling, be ethical, and don’t forget to look out for each other. Talk to each other, debate if you must. We need to listen more [and] help process each other,” Alburo said. “[W]e should not forget our basic journalism principle. [...] Ethics gets to [be] mentioned when something bad happens but ethics is a living, breathing entity
ARTLETS WERE encouraged to pray for the pursuit of justice for the victims of Maguindanao massacre in a commemoration mass held Monday. "We pray [for the] justice in our society and at the same time, we pray for a love that would heal all the hurts [and] all the inequities that all of us would [continuously] suffer in this world," said Regent Fr. Rodel Aligan, O.P. In his homily, Aligan said the commemoration highlighted the injustices that should be addressed by the government. "Trabaho ng gobyerno na magbigay ng hustisya. Trabaho ng simbahan na hindi lang hustisya ang ipalaganap, kundi pagmamahal," he said. Aligan, citing the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas, said, "Justice without charity is cruelty but charity also without justice is no justice at all." Yesterday mark...