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How metro mayors and the governor deal with media

Most elected public officials affirm the often-avowed policy of staying “open and transparent” to the public through media. But, as new leaders in their respective local governments, they may modify p.r….

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Most elected public officials affirm the often-avowed policy of staying “open and transparent” to the public through media. But, as new leaders in their respective local governments, they may modify p.r. method or style and degree of press access, for the LG official to “transmit effectively” his message.

It helps not just the working press but also news consumers to be familiar with how news sources manage relations with media.


THE new mayors of Lapu-Lapu City and Cebu City — Junard “Ahong” Chan and Edgardo Labella — promise they will  be available to reporters for interviews. Evading inquiries from journalists is not their brand of politics, they say.

Valdemar Chiong, returnee mayor of Naga City,  had a bad experience with a reporter but will still hold press conferences “when necessary.”  Talisay City Mayor Samsam Gullas will grant “regular” press-cons. Mandaue City’s Jonas Cortes, another returnee mayor, may shed off his previous habit of rarely talking with medial he had before his new mandate a three-term stint at City Hall and one term in Congress.

The returnee governor, Gwen Garcia, a p.r. believer, is expected to hold press-cons and interviews as often as she sees need for them. Continue Reading

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Robredo, Sitoy on ‘fake news’: did Tiglao, Rappler fabricate?

◘ Related Media’s Public column: “’Unpatriotic journalists’: Tiglao blasts ‘false writers’ abroad” (Nov. 24, 2017) TWO public officials complained about “fake news” this week: ◘ Vice President Leni Robredo on…

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◘ Related Media’s Public column: “’Unpatriotic journalists’: Tiglao blasts ‘false writers’ abroad” (Nov. 24, 2017)

TWO public officials complained about “fake news” this week:

◘ Vice President Leni Robredo on April 23 called out as “fake news” the item in Rigoberto Tiglao’s column in  “Manila Times” that she talked with European Parliament officials during her recent trip to Germany and persuaded them to pass a resolution condemning extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in the Philippines. False, Robredo said, she “never saw or spoke with any E.U. official” while she was abroad. Continue Reading

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Seares: Not being a journalist is no excuse for peddling fake news

“Ang ginagawa ko, di po ako journalist…” — Mocha Uson, PCOO assistant secretary who also writes a blog, during Senate hearing on bill seeking to criminalize fake news THERE’S no…

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“Ang ginagawa ko, di po ako journalist…”
— Mocha Uson, PCOO assistant secretary who also writes a blog, during Senate hearing on bill seeking to criminalize fake news

THERE’S no universally accepted definition of a journalist. Standards and definitions vary. Each group or sector engaged in communication or with media has its own concept of what a journalist is.  Continue Reading

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Legal limits on election coverage, ads

What candidates, journalists cannot do during elections With less than eight months to go before the 2016 Philippine presidential elections, Filipinos will again look to media to provide them with…

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What candidates, journalists cannot do during elections

With less than eight months to go before the 2016 Philippine presidential elections, Filipinos will again look to media to provide them with credible and critical sources of information concerning the candidates, their electoral campaign and political agenda to enable them to freely and intelligently exercise their right of suffrage.

Election propaganda in any and all mediums of communication is allowed for all political parties and candidates, whether local or national, but under some limitations such as those on authorized election expenditures, observance of truth in advertising and subject to the supervision and regulation by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

The Comelec is tasked to supervise the use and employment of media—print, radio, television and, more recently, Internet technology—relative to the holding of the elections. Continue Reading

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Dreams for Cebu’s press center

By Jovy T. Gerodias and Rebelander S. Basilan Clock ticking on return of press center building to government hands People with common interests must have a venue for learning and…

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By Jovy T. Gerodias and Rebelander S. Basilan

Clock ticking on return of press center building to government hands

People with common interests must have a venue for learning and camaraderie. Coming together in one place from time to time, exchanging ideas and developing their craft together, not only strengthens their bond but also helps them grow as a community.

For members of the Cebu press, reunions and group learning often happen in the Marcelo B. Fernan (MBF) Cebu Press Center. Sitting in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, the center hosts activities organized by media organizations, mostly seminars and forums during the Cebu Press Freedom Week every September.

Members of the Cebu News Workers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Newscoop), which holds office in the building, also conduct their general assembly in the center; as do stakeholders of the Cebu Citizens-Press Council, who meet four times a year. Continue Reading

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Pedro Calomarde: Early environment crusader

Pedro D. Calomarde, editor and columnist of the Morning Times, which was published from 1943 to 1986, was one of the early supporters of the fight to preserve the environment,…

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Pedro D. Calomarde, editor and columnist of the Morning Times, which was published from 1943 to 1986, was one of the early supporters of the fight to preserve the environment, in particular the fight to stop dynamite fishing in Cebu province and the rest of the region.

In more than one issue in his column in the 1960s and ‘70s, he took up the matter of the government’s lack of will to impose sanctions against disastrous fishing, such as the use of explosives and of the bait fishermen call “kuskus,” which is mixed with cyanide to kill the fish. The bait killing the fish is dangerous for humans, too.

“It is very lamentable to state that the government agencies fail both in the sea and on the land. The blast fishers are the kings of the sea.”

He wrote, “Unless the government can take initiative to change the attitude of the people from indifference to purposeful cooperation, the illegal fishing will continue insulting the agencies of the government.”

Calomarde was also said to have numbered his columns, which tackled various issues, until they ran into the thousands. But samples of those have not been found.

(CJJ9 was published in hardcopy in September 2014.)

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Cebu Press at a glance

The only community media gallery in the Philippines is found at the Museo Sugbo on M.J. Cuenco Ave. in Barangay Tejero, Cebu City. Called the Cebu Journalism and Journalists (CJJ)…

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The only community media gallery in the Philippines is found at the Museo Sugbo on M.J. Cuenco Ave. in Barangay Tejero, Cebu City.

Museo Sugbo

Called the Cebu Journalism and Journalists (CJJ) Gallery, the project was initiated by the Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC) in 2009 after CCPC executive director Pachico Seares sought to put up an exhibit dedicated to Cebu media.

After initial talks between broadcaster Bobby Nalzaro and Seares with Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia on locating the gallery in the Cebu Provincial Government-owned Museo Sugbo, Seares obtained approval for the project from the CCPC en banc on June 25, 2009.

On March 11, 2010, the CCPC en banc approved the memorandum of agreement between the Province of Cebu, represented by Garcia, and the CCPC, represented by its president, Dr. Pureza Oñate, to use space in the Museo Sugbo for the exhibit for 25 years, free of charge. The contract is renewable for another 25 years. Continue Reading

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Watching media cover the elections

A year-long effort to enrich election coverage In the highly politicized Philippines, elections are major events. In the May 2010 elections, candidates, promises, foibles and scandals fell under media scrutiny….

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A year-long effort to enrich election coverage

In the highly politicized Philippines, elections are major events.

In the May 2010 elections, candidates, promises, foibles and scandals fell under media scrutiny. But the media were themselves subject to examination.

As part of its mandate to improve the journalism craft, the Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC) held a series of consultations from June 2009 to March 2010 to improve local media’s coverage of the 2010 elections. Continue Reading

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