Second issue of only refereed journal on journalism released

THE second issue of the Philippine Journalism Review (PJR), the only refereed journal in Asia devoted to journalism concerns and issues, is now available, the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) has announced.

Now an annual, the Philippine Journalism Review, or PJR, used to be a press monitoring publication in magazine format. That function has been taken over by the monthly PJR Reports, which CMFR also publishes. The first issue of the reformatted PJR appeared in 2007 and was launched during the awarding ceremonies of the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism that year.

The 2008 issue of PJR has a paper by St. Scholastica’s College journalism professor Ma. Aurora Lolita L. Lomibao on the beat system (“Revisiting the Beat System”), Philippine Daily Inquirer reporter DJ Yap’s “Literary Journalism in the Philippines from the 1950s to the 1980s,” and Philippine Social Science Council Technical Services and Information head Joanne B. Agbisit’s “Media-Policy Interaction in the Passage of the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995.”

GMA 7 researcher Ederic Eder also reviewed an online publication (“Global Voices Online”), while University of the Philippines journalism professor Danilo A. Arao interviewed “barefoot journalism” advocate Ben Domingo (“Understanding Barefoot Journalism). A commentary by Johanna Camille Sisante on the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s error-correction box (“The Inquirer Box of Errors”) completes the 2008 issue contents.

University of the Philippines journalism professor and CMFR Deputy Director Luis V. Teodoro edits PJR, assisted by Prof. Danilo A. Arao, who is its managing editor. The PJR Board of Advisers is composed of academics from the Ateneo de Manila, the University of Santo Tomas, the University of the Philippines, St. Scholastica’s College, the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

PJR copies may be ordered from the CMFR (840-0889; 894-1314, 894-1326) and the Office of Research and Publication of the UP College of Mass Communication (981-8500 local 2668).

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