The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) unveiled its ethical guide book, dubbed as a “love letter” to Filipinos in media, during the book’s virtual launch on Wednesday, November 3.
According to DJ Yap, writer of “Ethical Guide for Filipino Journalists” and senior political reporter at the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the book is not meant to act as a “purity check” but rather aims to spark meaningful conversations on the ethical practices of journalists.
“It’s not about who is clean or not. Rather, as [I] tell my NUJP friends, this guide is a love letter to the media industry. It’s about inspiring and encouraging media practitioners – myself included – to do more and be better journalists,” Yap said during the virtual launch on Wednesday.
Various media groups, including non-governmental organization Internews and USAID, who partnered with the NUJP for the book, attended the launch. The 200-page book, launched virtually across NUJP’s social media platforms, provides guidelines on journalistic ethics and personal narratives from journalists who faced ethical dilemmas and the lessons that could be drawn from these experiences.
Actual events experienced by journalists were also featured in the book. It included the Manila Bus Hostage Crisis in 2010, which sparked discussion of journalism ethics in the country.
The book has also a dedicated section on the emergence of social media as one of the main sources of information today. Topics such as disinformation and misinformation, advent of trolls, cyberlibel, and fact-checking were also discussed in the guidelines.
ABS-CBN reporter and anchor Mike Navallo, who served as one of the panelists during the book launch, noted the importance of including the ethical guidelines for digital journalism
“The book is a conversation on how much the media has changed In the past 10 years. There was no immediate access to the internet back then, when you gather stories you have all day as long as you meet the deadline around 4 pm. When I came back to the field in 2015, the landscape had changed,” Navallo said.
Other panelists were Bacolod-based multimedia journalist and NUJP auditor Marchel Espina and veteran journalist Vergel Santos.
The NUJP, formed in 1988, is a media organization, which promotes the interests of Filipino journalists and of the press. The group is composed of different journalists from various news organizations in the country and overseas.
The book is free and can be downloaded on NUJP website. – Lorenz Dantes Pasion/ Rappler.com
Lorenz Dantes Pasion is a Rappler intern. Learn more about Rappler’s internship program here.