A highly divided media (A reprint)

DANDAN BANTUGAN COLUMN

While we still writing for the defunct Bohol Sunday Post in our column, Well Done, we came up with this piece about a highly divided media.
We did not have a compilation of our articles in that column, but we were able to retrieve some parts of it in the Internet.
Here’s part of it:
Last week, we discussed how someone could immediately become a media man here in Bohol.
As what we mentioned, tricycle drivers, security guards, electricians, an avid radio listener, a standby, all could become a media personality.
Just buy a radio slot as a bloc timer and then become a radio personality overnight. Just like making a flick into your finger.
Or become a columnist as long as you have the green light of the editor, especially so if you bring good business to the newspaper.
A lot of media personalities here started in this way. They were being sponsored by politicians who paid their radio slot in order to promote the latter especially if the politician is eyeing to run for re-election or for a higher position in the next local election
Later, these bloc timers became regular staff as radio reporters or field reporters of the media outlet.
From Monday to Saturday, you will hear their names in every public affairs program of the radio station upon which they will make their field reports from time to time.
On Sundays, they are being asked to supply facts of news articles to be printed in local community newspapers and their names became bylines too. But in reality, the climb from being a field reporter, to a newscaster, to become an anchorman or a commentator is a tall order.
In our part, we started as a news hunter at the DYRD newsroom. Our ultimate weapon is the telephone and a typewriter.
We prepared the articles for local and transcribe national and international news for the morning news, midday news and the hourly newsbreaks.
It took us two years before the station allowed us to make a field report. It was like heaven when we made our first report and accredited by the anchorman as a field reporter. This was on a Sunday evening when nobody seemed to listen to the radio
The same is true to newspapers. From being a reporter to a section editor, columnist and editor-in-chief is a long leap forward.
When were required by the late Zoilo Dejaresco Jr. to make a write up for a news article due to shooting incident at the city wharf in 1986, we were quite confident as we already served as reporter and news editor of Ang Kinampay News and as editor-in-chief of the Bohol Herald.
Our news story ended up being mangled beyond recognition. Meaning, what we have actually written did not come out as it is. It underwent the strictest editing by the editor-publisher of the Bohol Chronicle. (to be continued)
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