Blogging about the Elections

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Luz Rimban (http://hablachabacano.blogspot.com/) gave this presentation during iBlog4: the 4th Philippine Blogging Summit.

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Blogging about the Elections

  1. 1. Blogging about the Elections Luz Rimban iBlog 4 April 26, 2008
  2. 2. Why blog about elections? <ul><li>Mainstream media can’t cover everything </li></ul><ul><li>Mainstream media is highly selective about its coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Bloggers, as citizen journalists, can/must fill the gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen journalism can help reconnect the public with the political process </li></ul>
  3. 3. The following issues got little media coverage in 2004 <ul><li>Party-list elections </li></ul><ul><li>Local elections </li></ul><ul><li>Senatorial elections </li></ul><ul><li>Policy development issues </li></ul>From CMFR media monitoring of the media coverage of the 2004 elections.
  4. 4. Coverage of 2007 elections <ul><li>Coverage not as extensive </li></ul><ul><li>Media noted public disinterest, skepticism over electoral institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Focused on TU vs. GO </li></ul>From CMFR media monitoring of the media coverage of the 2007 elections.
  5. 5. Other gaps: <ul><li>Failure to turn key issues into election issues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Hello, Garci” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extrajudicial killings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corruption </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Linking local issues and elections with national issues and contests </li></ul>
  6. 6. Citizen journalism: <ul><li>“ Journalism done by non-journalists” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Non-journalists doing random acts of journalism” </li></ul><ul><li>“ guerilla-style journalism” </li></ul><ul><li>“ the new alternative press” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Bloggers as citizen journalists can… <ul><li>Spot news stories </li></ul><ul><li>Report them </li></ul><ul><li>Take video or still photos </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver commentary and analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Engage big media in dialog about news issues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inner workings of the media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journalists’ methods of covering the news </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Questions: <ul><li>How to do it? </li></ul><ul><li>How do bloggers work with other election watchdogs? </li></ul><ul><li>How do bloggers get the public interested in the effort? </li></ul>
  9. 9. What can be done? <ul><li>Brainstorm about blogging on the elections </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a bloggers’ election handbook </li></ul><ul><li>Train bloggers in election coverage </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>The End. </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you. </li></ul>

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