The media is sometimes blamed for misleading information – but in the Philippines, the media is a source of hope, compassion and strength for the victims – especially during the recent devastation of Yolanda. When it was true that the term “Storm Surge” did not quite make an impact, it was because – nobody knew exactly what it was. As you can see from stories after the typhoon that many journalists went where the eye of the typhoon was going, just to cover the story. Little do they know that they can lose their lives. Read this:
If journalism is done well, it empowers communities, saves lives, dispels dangerous rumors, cultivates compassion and keeps hope alive.
These are some roles of the media in covering disasters, according to publisher Eileen G. Mangubat in her inaugural lecture at the annual Marshall McLuhan Forum on Responsible Journalism held at the Marcelo B. Fernan Cebu Press Center Theater in Cebu City. http://cebudailynews.ph/news/story/22763/journalism-in-time-of-calamity
It may be money, power or passion driving these brave journalists into chasing disasters – but one thing is for sure: that many media people would go beyond their duty just to help out in time of need. Let’s remember that they have families too and would not risk their existence just for worldly benefits. It must be some kind of adrenalin rush
coming from the heart!
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