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When ‘Ish’ Meets ‘Weh’
Friday, March 22, 2013
I TAKE on greater challenges on April 1 following our editor-in-chief’s resignation as I assume his post.
For the record, there is no bad blood here. Kuya Sam just feels it is time for him to move on and as a friend, I could only wish him all the best and as I have already told him, good health for his family.
I would like, of course, to thank Kuya Sam for his vote of confidence. It was quite overwhelming to read his letter in which he wrote his recommendation. Thanks also to management, particularly to our general manager Peter Rey Bautista, who heeded Kuya Sam’s recommendation.
So here I’ll be come April 1 already as editor-in-chief.
I have always believed that excellence in journalism could only be achieved by taking on the highest degree of accountability to our readers.
This being said, I would also like to make an appeal to our readers and even our contributors to go through the proper channels whenever you have issues with stories that came out or issues with our reporters in particular.
When I say “proper channels” please do not go straight to our president to make sumbong. To many, they find this very tempting. Is it for immediate gratification? Is it just to throw your weight around? This is detrimental because going straight to him may not resolve your problems with us expediently or even effectively.
The only way to address problems, especially with the stories and our writers, is to come to the reporter, come to me. Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Call me up here at Sun.Star Baguio. This is the proper way. We will by all means try to address your concerns justly without compromising also the policies, standard and ethics to which we adhere.
Letters to the editor are welcome as long as they are not libelous, are well-researched and are properly signed by the sender complete with address and contact number.
Anonymous letters will not be entertained. Even if it is meant to be an expose.
I have been getting invitations to give lectures on ethics and I always point this out.
Sometimes, the burden of ethics is solely given to one and that is always the journalist. Ethics is encompassing. It also pertains to our news sources. And so I keep telling the attendees that the truth should be without malice. Never trust a news source who comes to you and says, “I have a secret to tell you but don’t tell them I was your source. I just want them exposed.”
No documents. Just speculations, rumors and even spite.
We don’t work that way. At least I hope and pray that we will never fall into this trap.
But when we do, I ask again, please go through the proper channels.
Thank you and please continue reading Sun.Star Baguio as we commit to uphold freedom and justice and the furtherance of community journalism at its best.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 22, 2013.