community in mid-2006. According to the community, the column entitled “Don We Now Our Gay Apparel” was bigoted and discriminatory of gender orientations, especially gays. Cruzdefended himself and cited free speech to articulate his hatred toward these homosexuals.
It must serve as an independent monitor of power.
Not only should it monitor those who areused to the public eye, it should also give voice to the voiceless. Under the name
, MBC has launched more than 400 low-power FM stations in late 2001-2002, withanother 400 in the pipeline. It aimed to reach every consumer in the country according to an imagazine article by A. Lin Neumann.
It must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise.
Citizens nowadays do not onlywant to know, they also desire to be involved.
The Philippine Star
has allotted in one of itsopinion pages a half-page for a forum. This forum, entitled Inbox, is for citizens to voice outtheir views on the question of the day. They can also give a comment on anything they wish toaddress.
It must try to make the significant interesting and relevant.
Evening news programs tend tosensationalize and prioritize stories that attract people but have no great value. The Hayden Kho-Katrina Halili scandal acquired misplaced interest not because it was significant but because itwas allotted much TV time by local stations, especially GMA 7 where Katrina is a talent.(more)The Elements of JournalismBagano, Joana 4
It must keep the news comprehensive and in proportion.
A letter to the editor of the
Philippine Daily Inquirer
dated November 29, 2010 said the broadsheet violated the first point of