The Philippine news media today is at a state where they seem to be more and more fearless on their commentary and more vigilant in their society. Significant events, like the infamous Maguindanao massacre, where 57 people, including 34 journalists have been slain, and the recently concluded 2010 Philippine elections, where our nation opened another chapter as we inaugurated our 15th President in Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, the Filipino people has grown immense awareness in the status of our country. They have also developed a new and cunning sense of nationalism as we all look to what the new administration has in store for us.
Broadcast media has also empowered the people to share news and their own views on what is happening in the society. ABS-CBN's “Bayan Mo, I-Patrol Mo” and GMA's “YouScoop” has vastly gained popularity persuading the people to help gather news and be a responsible citizen. This just shows how powerful the mass media, specifically the Web, has played in the nation building of this institution. In this sense, journalists, together with the Filipino people, has stepped into new heights, as they escaped the traditionalist norms like “envelopmental journalism” and “sensationalism” to form a new breed of valiant, objective and fair writers. Whether it may be print or broadcast journalism, these columnists are unparalleled in their duties to spread the news to the society in their social and moral obligation to spread the truth, and to inform the public on what is happening in their country.
Regardless of the studies made by the Committee to Protect Journalists which states that the Philippines is the second most dangerous place for correspondents, next only to Iraq, it is quite shocking that the number of “citizen journalists” are gradually increasing. Because of this, they feel that helping the networks gather news somehow involves them in the process of news gathering, and thus, gives them a sense of contribution of information to the public itself.
What I am against in the Philippine news media today is the way it commercializes the news. Notable networks do have some kind of biases based on the company they work on for. For an instance, ABS-CBN 2 is owned by the Lopez family, making them bias to how they deliver news in relation to their sister companies Meralco and Bayan Telecommunications; and also, TV5 is somehow bias to the companies owned and chaired by its owner Manuel V. Pangilinan, namely the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company and Smart Communications. The existence of sister companies affect the body of the news the network delivers in a way that it does not necessarily show the nuisance given to the public by the company, like increases in fee of electricity and cellular charges, thus protecting the credibility of...