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How-to-Videos: Adopting a Pet :3

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Angela, Bea, and I teamed up to produce this how-to-do video since Angela initially wanted to adopt a pet. It would be nice to share this activity for those people interested in re-homing a pet coming from a shelter.  Since the shelter is really near our place, I’ve helped look for the area when we tried visiting it.

It was quite an experience visiting the shelter and quite knowing a few about the procedures.

Personally I want to take care of a dog in the near future, so this is one beautiful way of sharing good acts and love towards pets and animals alike 🙂

No need to expound, go watch it! And enjoy!

 

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Online Journalism Lvl: Asian

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Oftentimes, Asians are always featured in posts that can make internet users laugh because of inert skills that are quite extreme for an average situation.

But how do Asians make use of the internet and apply this to online journalism?

A video documented by the  Regional Media Programme Asia of the German Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung last 2010 showed us how South-East Asia in particular moves at par with other continents when it comes to using the internet and developing journalism.

It was good to discover that at least in Singapore, with their whole time spent on the internet, they’d still make good use of it. Having at least more than one phone with internet accessibility features mean Singaporeans will browse the web just to update themselves with important local news and major global issues.

TV Networks have been providing ample air time for news features about news gathered and shared through the internet.

Giving importance to the powers of online journalism, they are able to cope with the use of modern technologies, the internet in developing journalism in their country.

Malaysia, with a bigger population than Singapore’s, estblishes a cautionary behavior when dealing with online journalism. While feeding online users with information in a fast manner, Malaysian online reporters never forget that with a multicultural social environment, a need for sensitivity is needed to successfully deliver online news.

The virtue of traditional journalism is still important and should rather be improved.

The Philippines is a highly populated nation and people are very active online despite the urban-rural mixture of geographical setting in the country. With a few concentrated and conforming stories to share through the web, Filipino online reporters find a need for blogging. Blogging has been essential for thought-provoking and opinion-setting environment essential and worth promoting for online.

Through blogging, new yet interesting stories can be revealed. New and relevant issues can spark the nation’s thoughts. It can also give highlights of how the media can reveal or conceal the news.

Social Journalism: The use of the New Media

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Humans have the social instinct to interact.

Humans are social in nature and through time we have to develop brighter ways to supply that kind of behavior.

The love for accessing information had been a fad a long time ago. Things have to be shared ’cause its a thing of the social world: to know and to be known.

We learn things not only through a thinking process of our own but by also filtering out necessary information we collect anywhere and anytime.

From telegraphs and Grahambell’s first “Ahoy!” on his telephone, media has evolved widely. Now that we are going through an era where computer exists, E-mails and SMS are not the only possible ways to know things. The presence of a wide number of social media sprouted elsewhere in the spinning virtual web.

Journalists were able to use such medium to communicate with their sources. They can contact their sources not just through E-mail but also through Facebook accounts where people are always online. They can basically gather information that might not be visible in the actual world, when information can only be accessed through a web of deeper secrets in the social media.  Journalists can give out necessary, interesting information the public needs to know right away. Through the social media, people can interact with journalists to serve as civilian streamers of relevant news that journalists might have overlooked.

On the contrary, failure to use the social media properly had been a problem to journalists. It had become a lot harder to verify what is real and what is not. What virtually exists may not actually exist in the real world. What may be in the real world can be masked through the use of the powerful medium.

Incidents of celebrity deaths spread through twitter everyday and always had a lot of people freak out for a matter of seconds until a verification through the same medium will be done to stop or to confirm the matter. The thing’s much worse than a bomb threat in a public area. People are induced to panic and create actions with no skeptical analysis of the matter.

National security might be at risk if one throws a lethal stone that will cause chaos in the virtual world.

A simple information can spread worldwide in a few seconds. They can create fire in the next minute. A chain reaction would follow in the next hour. Information overload will definitely exist and it shall develop a set of humans who are either to dumb to identify the whole matter or a bright creature able to distinguish the hidden reality out of a partial reality. The social media can produce certain behaviors of humans that has no longer become useful in evolution or could actually be the reason for the death of such distinct human actions.

Journalism in itself started in paper and mouths and now developed by the fingers and the machines. Of typing an important information, the future of the profession can further increase. I may be positive about this take but I guess a great sense of filtering and verification can be taken out from the vast and fast pace of details made in existence. Faster thinking capacities might develop and just like the machines we make to promote better information processing, humans can as well adapt the nature of the computer, joined together with the ethical virtue of the mind, heart and soul.

Jump to Express: Juan Great Leap Experience

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Typical movies have I seen with such setting that I had been given the chance to witness last Saturday.

Juan Great Leap’s open coffee became a success for the month of July. New and experienced entrepreneurs were able to interact and share their insights on successful entrepreneurship.

Pitching in within the whole duration of the event was the key to promote (bear in mind, promote and not sell something in front) and get your idea recognize as well as your problems get solved.

Unique topics pushed the discussions into greater heights as more ideas have been popping out the room. In general, participants of the pitching in session are as much as possible promoting the Filipino culture. From digital arts to travel, the essence of a Filipino vibe is always present.

From numerous participants of the event, I got the chance to ask a few questions from persons who pitched in their ideas during the session.

One is the detailed map application for all kinds of phones. It comprises of a map and important transit details that can be gathered through crowdsourcing or collecting shared information and consolidating it into a useful data.

Consolidated data comprise of traffic updates, ways to go to a place either through a car or public transportation. These things are not really emphasized on existing travel apps.

This application’s been planned to be coordinated with the MMDA, DPWH, LTFRB and public transportation organizations to promote the app and synchronize the info with such helpful agencies too.

The app helps the general commuting public in finding the best way in terms of time and money to go to their destination.

People who are willing to share information to this app even without an access of the internet can go to municipal or city offices of coordinated government agencies and submit a printout of a shared commuting guide which promotes manual corwdsourcing.

The app can also be accessible through sms updates so that even without a smartphone, other phone users can still find the program useful and accessible to their needs at any given time.

Since the map challenge will be during the time of July until October, the development time for them to make this successful is within the months of August up until October and the program launch will be during November.

More of these were introduced throughout the program. As what Peter wanted, who had initially gave out this kind of idea, he would like to go forth into teaching financial literacy and deeming the people towards the bright concept of entrepreneurship and self-emplyment to bring out one’s capacity to be independent.

A blogpost started the fire that can actually lit up many entrepreneurial hearts in the country. We just do hope that the fire can also be spread out to the initially independent youth. In return they can be molded very early and appreciate their independence today.

SONA 2013 like Dolly the Sheep

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Today’s technology can do such intricate things that can be considered out of the ordinary. Science had produced the art of cloning where one can have an exact replica of his or herself. However, the clone or the replica may not last long. They usually die first than the original being.

Clones do not only exist in laboratories but they now appear on a president’s speech.

The fourth SONA of President Benigno S. Aquino III had been much of a clone of last year’s SONA than a different one. The numbers were new but the issues were similar. It was just rearranged. Never did the president tackled other issues like the FOI bill or the budget of the SUCs. A lot were updates of last year’s projects. Nothing new, really.

The audience replicated the trend of flaunting fashionable gowns and barongs just like how it was done at the Oscar’s and at the Grammy’s with the never dying tradition of the red carpet. I know it’s a big event but this must not be a way to brag how easy the politicians (who should be public servants) can get access to designer gowns and expensive clothing that will be used once, while the rest of the nation is hoping for the alleviation of one’s standard of living.

When protestors outside the Batasang Pambansa waved their placards and burnt their effigies, it had become a clone of previous SONA protests. Because issues of the masses are not given time to be understood, time and time again, protests and violence is repeated. Dichotomies between the powerful and the powerless remains. It will be a continuous cycle of replication until an alteration of the matter is not being put into action.

As for every success of having cloned a certain thing, shortcomings occur. Much as we want to see it successful. It crumbles down. I do hope a new set of goals and visions for the administration will be given importance next year. This might be the only change that happens to be important and better for everyone.

(Insert cited sources here): A view about plagiarism

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This was not quite surprising.

In fact I was expecting this.

Well not totally but a bit.

We’ve heard so much about how Rappler, has usually been the first to break news in social networking sites.

It had gained a lot of readers and followers through social media. For a long time it had made a cyberspace noise.

Much more did it made noise when recently, the site admitted to have committed plagiarism through one of its writers who had lifted information from an article published in Interaksyon.com without citing it.

Our professor in one of my journalism class told us that Rappler repeatedly done similar incidents of forgetting to attribute sources of their news even if it had been quite obvious that they were really not one of the first sites to get the information.

For a lot of articles it might not be that obvious, but since the article from interaksyon.com had committed mistakes, the Rappler article had been seen with the same mistakes. Of course no one believed that it was a perfect coincidence for that to appear and so the news site admitted their fault.

I was not surprised quite frankly because of how some of magazine and online writers had become because of the fast-paced virtue of the world wide web. The heavy influx of information all over the internet requires a whole lot of originality. If your piece is not original enough, no attention deserves it. To be original online needs to have had delivered  the information first. Pressure of news breaking, the lack of attention by the editors and the absence of putting journalism as a profession at heart clearly turned such bad writing.

This should not be a different story from how society views journalism.

When asked about what  course will a person pursue for college, many would likely be amazed if it had been engineering or courses of the hard sciences. However when journalism or communication courses be included, a lot would boldly insist that the latter courses mentioned were as easy as pie. Society would typically perceive writing as a simple craft. People automatically degrades the art of writing as something that anybody can do even if past asleep or with eyes shut.

The profession of writing that is highly regarded by the scholastic world are overpowered by the average members of society who are prospective targets of the media industry.

The rise in information created and disseminated through various available medium caused the influx of writers who has little or no educational background about journalism to increase. Editors and writers develop a habit of irresponsibility and neglecting accountability to the readers. Viewing the craft as a job and not as art, as a source of income and not as a profession, as a step to prestige and not as a vocation led to the mediocrity and absence of conscience of writers.

Journalism is never easy. Mere construction of sentences is. But writing a story framed in a certain angle, gathering relevant info, verification and looking for the story is way harder than you thought. It’s a lifestyle more of a job. One cannot study such principles overnight. You put all hard work to publish a single story and handle the underlying pressures before, during and after doing such.

A few have survived and continuously surviving real journalism. Others just think they are doing it but they’re not.

And you still think most of the time you’re getting your information today in a smooth and flawless manner? Think again.

You might get fooled of masks.  Masks of popularity and trend that is 😉

Black and White: Societal Dichotomy

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Americanization

One big word to describe the current phenomenon of the world.

Basically we are all tied in it. Globalization and free trade they say. They covered all the intentions up to easily penetrate into world domination.

Congratulations!

The news today, popular people, things and events are rooted from the American way of life. The American dream it is. The clothes we wear, the food we eat, the celebrities we are fond of, the music we plugged into our earholes, the language we speak and even the way we think, is centered in one country, the United States. I’ve asked this to myself earlier while on the ride going to school. Why had we become this way? My mom asked me a thought I’ve been trying to answer as well. How did it all start? Who told us to think this way? To prejudice and to exploit people that the US dictates as a person of the lower rank.

Exploited

The Rolling Stones issue with the Boston Bombing suspect Dzhokhar “Jahar” Tsarnaev as the cover blatantly explains how the US wants us to see the world. The editors wanted to delve in the social issue and deliver journalistic element of fairness and justice to each side of the incident. However it just seemed to be like one. Reading the article, the editor’s note and seeing the face of Jahar in the cover looked like the magazine was giving a big chance for him to be understood by the rest of the world. But if subliminally analyzed, it only made things worst. The title included “fell into Radical Islam and became a monster”. Clearly it gave the notion of stereotyping people in religious sects such as the Muslims. Inclusion of the September 11 bombing strengthened the thought. Facial features like Tsarnaev’s plus being a Muslim indicates a terrorist. As easy as that the notion of people changes. More importantly, the magazine targets the youth as the audience they are catering such information. As young as a teenager, readers are molded into having the Americanized trail of thought and the habit to stereotype. Through this, the perception of reality narrows down to how the US portrays their image and the image of the “others”.

Just like how superhero movies are made, the story about Jahar started as a human interest story with an appeal to emotion. Capturing such human element pushes the readers to believe the heroic deed of Americans, the coach in the story and the editors by publishing such article. It made you feel better but only made the worse out of how you envision non-Americans. Certain details emphasized such as the brothers’ origin, the naturalization Jahar acquired and the statement “They were Muslims, yes, but also they are Americans” repeatedly indicates that they are and never will be part of the American society, excluding them from the dominant.

Dealing with this kind of issue is hard to consolidate in this kind of medium. The magazine just made the readers feel like they are doing their moral obligation as journalists to seek fairness, but in reality they didn’t do anything extraordinary to uplift either sides.

Fairness cannot be achieved by merely being able to represent both sides literally. Even though biases cannot be completely taken out of context, one must be impartial in telling stories. Getting angles that won’t give double meanings to harm either side. Balance can be fully achieved if stereotypes and norms of societal thinking are set aside and broken. Open-mindedness and relative fair sense of viewing the world is key to avoid such articles to be written.

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