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Blogging and the Philippine Press

Overview and the PCIJ Blog


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The Pinoy Blogosphere

  • No definitive study of Filipino blogs yet

    • Blogwise:

      • 758 blogs in February 2005 (ranked 9th)

      • 1,265 blogs in October 2005 (ranked 10th)

    • Pinoyblog:

      • 1, 045 blogs in February 2005

      • 2,270 blogs in October 2005


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United States – 39,030

United Kingdom – 5,731

Canada – 4,631

France – 2,635

Spain – 2,285

Australia – 2,122

Brazil – 1,703

Italy – 1,670

India – 1,574

Philippines – 1,265

Germany – 1,265

Singapore – 1,126

Portugal – 1,116

Malaysia – 991

Netherlands – 787

Argentina – 663

Indonesia – 616

Belgium – 509

Japan – 483

Iran – 377

Blogwise Country Ranking


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Technorati’s State of Blogosphere

Weblogs Cumulative: March 2003 - June 2005

Doubling

18.9 Million Weblogs Tracked

Doubling in size approx. every 5 months

Consistent doubling over the last 36 months

Doubling

Doubling

Doubling


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The Pinoy Blogosphere: Profile

  • As in much of the blogosphere, most Filipino blogs are rolling personal journals.

    • Bloggers.com’s Top Pinoy blogs:

      • bLuEsTaRs08 | adik sau

      • petesbethist | A journal on my thoughts on my friendship with...

      • mzqthuh | shiT haPpEnz...

      • Renzy | herhy

      • kaiKs.xx | blog.blOg..bloG!!

      • kim_pi | Just a bunch of crap

      • jhing | my blog is for my friends to view my profiles

      • hazel | hi


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The Pinoy Blogosphere

Pinoy Top Blogs:

Categories

Personal

Entertainment

Politics/News

Technology

Comics

Philippines

Business

Cooking

Number

51

14

12

10

5

4

3

1

Percentage

51%

14%

12%

10%

5%

4%

3%

1%

Source: From Now What, Cat? (cathcath.com)


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Popular News-related Blogs

Pinoy Top Blogs:

  • Three are in Top 10

    • A Sassy Lawyer

    • Inside PCIJ

    • MLQ3

  • Two others are in Top 40

    • By Jove!

    • Newsstand

Source: From Now What, Cat? (cathcath.com)





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The Year of Pinoy Blogs

  • “Gloriagate” served as a catalyst for the blogging phenomenon in 2005 and was instrumental in the rise of journalist-bloggers.

  • Born in a time of crisis:

    • Howie Severino’s Sidetrip

    • Sun.Star Cebu’s Arroyo Watch

    • Newsstand

    • Ricky Carandang Reporting

    • CMFR’s Freedom Watch








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How Journalists are Blogging

  • Personal Journalism

    • Political and social commentary

    • Reporting with a personal touch/flavor

  • Collective Blog

  • Citizen Journalism

    • “Journalism is turning from a lecture into something between a conversation and a seminar.” (Dan Gillmor)


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Journalism/t Blogs

  • Still, the rise of blogs has not been met with much enthusiasm by the mainstream media, which have generally been slow in grasping the potential of blogging for journalism.


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Old vs. New Media?

Bloggers:

  • driving a powerful new form of journalism supplanting the mainstream media as a source of news, information and insight

    Journalists:

  • “amateur wannabes” in need of skills and editors, and without a basic grasp of journalistic ethics


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Why Blog?

Cool things about blogs:

  • Ease of use

  • Instantaneous/Immediate

  • Interactive

  • Free from marketing constraints

  • Creative freedom


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Why Blog?

For journalists, blogging does offer more:

  • Space

  • Personal journalism

  • Niche expertise

  • Collaborative media


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Expanding the Media Universe

Doc Searls:

  • “Weblogs will inform old media. They will increasingly be a source of information that traditional media will rely on.”

    J.D. Lasica:

  • “Media organizations would do well to incorporate (blogging) into their Web sites as an important new addition to the journalistic toolkit.”


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What a blog means for PCIJ?

  • space fortidbits from data-gathering andadditional informationfor our reports

    • reporter’s insights, documents, images, links, transcripts, research experience and difficulties, tips

  • enhanced ability to provideinsights, additional data and commentaryon issues that are within ourarea of expertise and interest

    • media, press freedom, access to information

    • corruption, governance, news and public affairs


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What a blog means for PCIJ?

  • bringing inprofessional and ethical standardsto “blog journalism”

  • interactivityto benefit us

    • learn from readers’ comments, tips, etc.

  • make usaccountable and transparent


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Blogging in a Time of Crisis

  • allowed us to go beyond the pace of our investigative reporting projects

  • enhanced ability to provide readers not only the mere text of stories, but information in a variety of format, including multimedia




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Audio files

  • “Hello, Garci” Tapes

    • Three-hour

    • Paguia version

    • Bunye versions

    • Lacson version

    • Chavit X-Tapes

  • Arroyo July 7 speech

  • “Yung dagdag”

  • Ringtones


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Blogging in a Time of Crisis

  • PCIJ blog experience

    • download requests unprecedented in its existence

    • one server forced to shut down

    • blog stats we never dreamed of:

      • 356T visitors

      • 8 million hits

      • 3 million pageviews

      • 822 GB of data transfer


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Blogging in a Time of Crisis

  • PCIJ blog experience

    • unintended result of becoming a venue for debate and serious discussion

    • helps reclaim agenda-setting role of journalists


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To Blog or Not to Blog?

  • The reasons are obvious. We hope we have inspired you.


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