UP Mass Comm launches 10th issue of Plaridel journal

N.B. – This is a press release I wrote for today’s launch of the 10th issue of the Plaridel journal.

Mass Comm launches its 10th as UP celebrates its 100th.

The University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication (UP CMC) launched the 10th issue of Plaridel: A Journal of Philippine Communication, Media, and Society last September 1 (Monday), 3 p.m. at the CMC Auditorium, Plaridel Hall, UP Diliman.

Edited by Prof. Victor Avecilla of the Department of Broadcast Communication, the latest issue (Volume 5, Number 2, August 2008) carries the theme “Media and Freedom.”

The articles in this issue are “Seducing the Voters: The Powerful and Limited Effects of TV Electioneering” by Lourdes Portus, an article that exposes the effects of illegal political campaigning on television; “Where’s the P in PG?” by Menard Edu Molina, an analysis of the importance of close parental supervision of juvenile televiewing of semi-restricted programs; “Covering the Left” by Ma. Irish Dela Cruz, a critical commentary on the frontier between legitimate news coverage and sedition on the part of the news media; and “Di BOBOto!” by Cherine Capadocia et al., a study of the perceptions of first-time voters on elections.

The 10th issue also has a review by Patrick Campos of Boy Villasanta’s book on entertainment journalism and an interview by Sarah Jane Raymundo with Rowena Paraan of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) as regards media killings. An analysis of the latest jurisprudence on media freedom complements the main publication.  The lecture of UP Gawad Plaridel 2008 recipient Pachico Seares and the UP Film Institute’s 2006 filmography of Filipino films are also included.

Avecilla wrote in his introduction to Plaridel’s 10th issue that “freedom should be defended by truth when it is attacked by lies, and this truism has become a cardinal postulate on the part of freedom-loving individuals the world over. Be that as it may, it will not hurt if the defense of freedom is accompanied by a shield of knowledge of what the media may legally do and what it may not.”

Plaridel: A Journal of Philippine Communication, Media, and Society is the UP CMC’s refereed journal, its first issue published in February 2004. In line with UP’s centennial year, UP CMC launched the 9th and 10th issues of the journal last February 27 and September 1, respectively.

Future issues of the journal are Media and Folklore (Dr. Nicanor Tiongson), Media and Health (Dr. Aleli Quirante), Media and Youth (Dr. Arminda Santiago) and Understanding Radio (Prof. Jane Vinculado).

Copies of the latest and back issues of Plaridel are available at the Office of Research and Publication (ORP) of the UP CMC. For details, please call Prof. Danilo A. Arao, director of the ORP, at 920-6864 or email him at danilo DOT arao AT up DOT edu DOT ph.

4 thoughts on “UP Mass Comm launches 10th issue of Plaridel journal”

  1. hi!
    i’m florence santos
    freshman, mass com student here in silliman university..
    is it possible to transfer there for next year?

    Reply: Kindly check with the Department of Journalism as regards the schedule of examination and interview for transferees. The number is (632) 920-6852. Kindly look for the department secretary, Ms. Raquel Bacarra. Thank you for your interest.

  2. Sir,
    Good morning! I am a new student of the Doctor of Communication Program, UP Open University. I want to become a subscriber of the Plaridel. Can I have the procedures.


    Reply: I will advise the Office of Research and Publication (ORP) staff to get in touch with you. I am not its director anymore, by the way. Thanks!

  3. I’m from Indonesia. I would like to learn more about media in the Phillipines. Thanks.

    Reply: Is there anything specific you’d like to know? Thanks.

  4. what happened to back issues of Plaridel? Seems one can only find the latest 2 issues…

    Reply: The Office of Research and Publication (ORP) of the UP College of Mass Communication has back issues of Plaridel (except for the first issue which is currently out of print). You may visit ORP to buy the back issues. Thank you for your interest.

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