New York City – The same rules apply. Community journalists who established their own media organizations outside the Philippines said that upholding media ethics on balanced reporting and truthfulness were the best ways to thrive in the midst of cultural diversity.
Establishing a following means being fair, non-partisan and avoiding sensationalism, said Marivir Montebon of OSM! Online Magazine www.justcliqit.com of New York and Jeanette Bocobo Marco of EnRoute Magazine of United Arab Emirates.
They discussed the challenges of women in media on the second episode of the Live Express of the TV magazine I am Pinoy Proud Ako. The two had an upbeat conversation with host Ethel Constantino Cantor for a hour on Sunday, July 31.
Montebon said that media ethics are the same anywhere and in order to establish a sizable and growing clientele, one has to be truthful, balanced and regular in its frequency of reportage.
Marco on the other hand said that in UAE, adopting to a more conservative culture was necessary in order to thrive and gain recognition as a media institution. For one who has broken through covering for the UAE royalty, one has to be persistent, efficient, and truthful in this business, she said.
The two women journalists are writers and publishers of their own media outfits. The Enroute Magazine, in glossy print, has been in circulation for 15 years in the Emirates and OSM! which brands on positive journalism is on its 4th year of existence as an online magazine based here.
Montebon said in the Filipino community press has to exert more effort in reflecting the real and substantial issues felt by the Filipino community, such as human trafficking and other immigration issues. She and Marco are members of the FilAm Press Club of New York.
The US currently has a thriving community-based ethnic media organizations all over the country, because of the growth of new immigrant populations. With the advent of digital technology, these community media organizations have developed in its own vibrant pace, which is parallel to the established or corporate media, the private New America Media noted.
NAM is the largest organization of ethnic media in the country with at least 3000 media organization members.
Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre joined the live show through a phone patch. He shared the progress of the Philippine government’s program against drugs inside prisons.
Sec. Aguirre’s son Aris, was live on the set to show and shared how the family is supporting the secretary.
The third episode of the Live Express this Sunday August 7 will tackle the craze of catching Pokemon which has afflicted the young and not so young alike. Executive producer Rena Avendula said that her team is constantly finding ways to improve the TV magazine which is one year old. “We are a work in progress. I am investing right now on equipment. Slowly but surely we are getting there,” she said. (With reports from Ethel Constantino. Photos by Jeanette B. Marco)
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