DPJ 182: Multimedia Platform Practices

Student Name:Alexis Carlo A. Corpuz

Assignment Number: A3; Date submitted: November 8, 2015

Assignment:  Progress Report

Story Title: Effigy

To be able to tell a story, any story, one has to be able to connect not only with the reader but also the subject. To be able to connect to a subject, one must be able to establish rapport and for someone to be able to do all of these, access is needed. Unfortunately, as i wrote in my previous entry, i was not able to establish access. With a deadline looming, i decided to change topics.

The new topic that i have decided to make a multimedia story on is the effigies used for protest rallies in Manila. With the upcoming APEC Forum coming up, i feel that this is a timely topic as there will definitely be plenty of protest rallies during the four days that the forum will be held.

Since i am a photojournalist correspondent for a broadsheet, the  groups and organisations participating in the protests already know me, and as such, acquiring access was a breeze. they said that they have not yet started making the effigies but they will start working on it sometime next week. i will be posting updates both here and in Blackboard during the next few days.


Research for Multimedia project

DPJ 182: Multimedia Platform Practices

Student Name:Alexis Carlo A. Corpuz

Assignment Number: A2; Date submitted: November 1, 2015

Assignment:  Research for Multimedia project

Story Title: Swerte (tagalog for luck)

My topic is about the fortune tellers of Quiapo. They are usually found with their tarot cards in front of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene which is colloquially known as Quiapo Church. I think that this topic is interesting because even if the majority of Filipinos are Catholic, many still believe in fortune telling. In Catholicism, fortune telling is frowned upon and some Catholics even see it as a violation of the First Commandment which is “I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not have any gods before me.”

My angle would be why these fortune tellers decide to set up camp in front of one of the more famous Catholic churches in manila and if they are Catholics. I would also like to explore the sociological concepts at work and how they mix their belief in Catholicism and these Tarot cards.

While it seemed to me that my topic would be simple enough, it appears that interviewing these fortune tellers is easier said than done. They are very apprehensive and as such I am finding it difficult to talk to them, much less interview and photograph them. If by this week I am still not able to establish rapport, I am afraid I will have to change topics.

The State of Photojournalism in the Philippines

I think the state of Photojournalism in the Philippines is generally good but there are also things that need to be changed. One of the positive developments of photojournalism is that there are new, young, and passionate photojournalists in the mainstream and old media because of they were exposed to and by new media from the internet such as blogging websites and social media.

I believe that these people should not be considered a threat and should be welcomed with open arms because they provide a fresh perspective to photojournalism. They are also more social media savvy which allows them disseminate information faster and with a bigger sphere of influence.

Another positive is that these photojournalists generally do not see photojournalism as a job but as a passion. They do not do it for the money. Instead, they genuinely want to serve the country through photojournalism. Also, since they are not doing it for the money, they are less likely to take bribes from unethical people. These new photojournalists are also unaware of and do not participate in the “bad habits” that some of the older and less honest elders have. I am not saying all older photojournalists are dishonest. On the contrary, most of them inspired the new ones to take up photojournalism in the first place. What I am saying is that the arrival of new blood will hopefully weed out the dishonest and unethical ones. Indeed, these new photojournalist are idealistic and I hope that they stay that way.

The negative aspect of photojournalism in the country that I think is still prevalent today is the lack of personal vision from the photojournalists. They always aim to take the most dramatic photograph which is not necessarily truthful. Also, the photographs taken by these people are so formulaic. They merely copy the photographs they see from other countries and so the pictures end up becoming cliché and do not contribute to the growth of photojournalism in the Philippines.