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How newsrooms cope with the new media

Two decades ago, Mark Zuckerberg was just eight years old. Journalism as we knew it meant news delivered through milled paper, a crackling radio or a trusty TV set. Today,…

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Two decades ago, Mark Zuckerberg was just eight years old. Journalism as we knew it meant news delivered through milled paper, a crackling radio or a trusty TV set.

Today, Zuckerberg, 28, is a billionaire, and Facebook, the social network he created just eight years ago, has 900 million users. An audience this size, most media outlets only dream about.

But Facebook didn’t do it all on its own. It had an enabler: the Internet. Continue Reading

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Why newspapers survive

Newsprint is just the body; content, the soul, endures “We will stop printing the New York Times in the future, the date TBD (to be determined).” —Arthur Sulzberger Jr. in…

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Newsprint is just the body; content, the soul, endures

“We will stop printing the New York Times in the future, the date TBD (to be determined).”
—Arthur Sulzberger Jr. in 2010 London International Newsroom Summit

Despite dark predictions about the future of print media, must response be to kill the newspaper and go online or, worse, just disappear? Continue Reading

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From dream to stream

Live streaming brings drama to audiences in real time Cebuanos in and outside the Philippines erupted in cheers when they first saw the Sinulog, Cebu’s grandest festival, being aired live…

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Live streaming brings drama to audiences in real time

Cebuanos in and outside the Philippines erupted in cheers when they first saw the Sinulog, Cebu’s grandest festival, being aired live over the Internet in 2008.

Sun.Star, the media company to pioneer live streaming among community newspapers nationwide, has received overwhelming support and requests for more real-time coverage since. And this experience highlighted how effective and important live reporting is in getting the message across borders.

The Sun.Star live streaming is aired over its website at www.sunstar.com.ph. Each streaming, or reporting live over the Internet, is accompanied by live blogging that allows viewers to interact with reporters and fellow viewers in real time by typing their comments on a blog or message board. Continue Reading

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NEWSROOM TALES

Beauty under fire Years before Ryan Borinaga became entertainment editor of Banat News, he was a hard-news reporter covering police and military. Gay and proud, Ryan wants to look his…

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Beauty under fire

Years before Ryan Borinaga became entertainment editor of Banat News, he was a hard-news reporter covering police and military.

Gay and proud, Ryan wants to look his loveliest when he steps out. Before going to bed, he is fastidious in his beauty routine.

One night, he was about to doze off when his newsroom alerted him about a fire that struck the old high school building of University of Cebu along Sanciangko St., Cebu City.

He jumped out of bed and, with a bag that contained notebook, pen and recorder, he rushed to join other reporters at the fire scene.

And they stared and stared at him as he went about his work.

Back in the boarding house, he knew why he grabbed their attention: his face was still covered with the white bleaching cream he had put on before going to bed. Continue Reading

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Cebu Daily News—Siloy goes beyond gray print columns

By Marian Z. Codilla and Eileen G. Mangubat One of Cebu Daily News’ most compelling stories was triggered by a Facebook photo of an unnamed teenage girl trying to stand…

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By Marian Z. Codilla and Eileen G. Mangubat

One of Cebu Daily News’ most compelling stories was triggered by a Facebook photo of an unnamed teenage girl trying to stand on the back of a whale shark in the shallows of a coastal town.

The image sparked online outrage, but it took a CDN reporter to track down the joyrider to Boljoon town, south Cebu, where she tearfully apologized for what she thought was a fun, harmless antic.

It was “NO FUN FOR TUKI,” said the CDN headline.

Town officials were prompted to take more vigilant action to protect the gentle whale sharks who swim close to the shore in south Cebu’s newest tourist attraction. Continue Reading

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Blog Almighty

There has never been a better time to be a journalist than today, when tools, most of them free, allow anyone to be a publisher and make money from content….

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There has never been a better time to be a journalist than today, when tools, most of them free, allow anyone to be a publisher and make money from content. Today, anyone can put up a news website using the very same tools running the websites of top publications like the Philippine Daily Inquirer and ABS-CBN News.

To be an effective journalist today, however, one needs to know more than just writing and reporting; one needs to have technical skills.

Journalists today have, at the minimum, to know how to blog. The tools used to run blogs, called content management systems, have become so powerful they are now used to run news websites. They have to be able to work with web services and social networks to enhance their reporting. Continue Reading

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Advance of digital media

It’s hard to place a number on the digital media consumption in Cebu or even in the Philippines. There is scant publicly available data on how people consume the news…

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It’s hard to place a number on the digital media consumption in Cebu or even in the Philippines. There is scant publicly available data on how people consume the news on digital platforms. Various organizations based in the United States, however, have done extensive studies on the topic. These studies may provide a peek into future trends in the Philippines although in several areas like those in mobile, the country is at times ahead.

One such organization is the Pew Research Center for its Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ). PEJ releases a yearly The State of the News Media report that serves as zeitgeist for the news industry. Here are statistics gleaned from various reports: Continue Reading

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Shaping the voice

It’s one voice from the press and the citizens although as to the non-media component, members don’t represent the total community. When an issue is raised before the Cebu Citizens-Press…

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It’s one voice from the press and the citizens although as to the non-media component, members don’t represent the total community.

When an issue is raised before the Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC), it is first studied by a small panel (usually with Cebu Media Legal Aid lawyers when a legal question is involved) before a draft is written and circulated among members and advisers.

Feedback is considered in the rewriting of the draft or drafts to come up with a version that reflects a consensus.

Then, CCPC takes it up at an en banc session where resource persons are heard before further changes are made and the vote is taken.

News stories report the gist of the resolution while the full text is published in newspapers and posted on the CCPC website (www.cebucitizenspresscouncil.org). Copies are mailed to national media organizations and government or private offices affected by the CCPC action.

Do they listen to CCPC? Sometimes they do, with results shown on changes of law or policy. More important is that media and citizenry speak out as one and can’t be deemed in default on vital issues that concern the press and its public. Pachico A. Seares Continue Reading

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