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This article was pretty much well-received in class due to the small (but significant) reaction it received and due to the timeliness of the issue. The criticism levelled against it was not really in the content of the column itself, but rather in the way I replied to one of the commenters who took the time to voice his or her opinion on it.
I had replied rather brashly, which may have led to another commenter calling me immature. (Though that also could’ve been because of what was said in the blog.) We were then taught that we must be professional above all else and despite our own personal feelings, because there is a reputation to be protected.
The column follows after the jump.
The article, a newsfeature, was warmly-received by the class. There was only one major criticism leveled against it, in that the tone of the article changed midway from being a possible straight news article to being a newsfeature. I can explain this; the article was originally going to be a straight news article, but the parts that included the quotes from the students made it sound like a newsfeature in the end; also, given that the UPCAT happening annually is not breaking news, the newsfeature label does fit it better.
Other things pointed out are the use of interviewees, the research of more specific figures for the UPCAT itself, and exploration of other angles that weren’t fully fleshed-out in the story.
The story follows after the jump.
It’s already October, and we’re nearing the first anniversary of the most heinous journalist-related killing in the Philippines – the infamous Maguindanao Massacre. The trial is still ongoing, and at this point we can only hope that justice may be served.
It’s been a long time since the incident, however, and it can’t be helped that the memory may have slipped from the consciousness of Philippine society. The victims of the massacre should not be forgotten, and the battle against impunity must continue to be fought.
This is why the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists (FFFJ), through the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) and along with the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Mass Communication (UP-CMC) is holding a multimedia contest entitled “FIGHTING IMPUNITY: The 2010 multimedia competition to mark the first year of Ampatuan Massacre.” The contest was officially launched in a function held at the CMC Auditorium last Sep. 29.