Of journalism and abolishing ‘citizen journalists’

Check out my latest CNET Asia blog post.

Here’s an excerpt.

The editorial Let’s Abolish ‘Citizen Journalists’ on The Digital Journalist caught my attention, thanks to a tweet from @gangbadoy retweeting the link from @glossmania.

While I don’t agree with the article entirely, it does raise good points on the need to vet stories posted and spread through social networks, and the kind of dedication and courage it takes for journalists to actually cover news events.

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Ultimate Thailand Explorers: Vote for Filipino semifinalists Michael Paul and Jennifer

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post.

Attesting to how social media can be effectively tapped for the tourism industry, the Ultimate Thailand Explorers competition sees Internet-savvy travelers vying for the chance to explore five of the country’s top holiday destinations: Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Koh Samui.

Making it to the semifinals for Koh Samui are Filipino newlyweds Michael Paul and Jennifer of Zamboanga City, Philippines. You can vote for Michael Paul and Jennifer here after registering at the Ultimate Thailand Explorers site.

By voting, you won’t just be helping your favorite team, but you’ll also get the chance to be one of two lucky voters who will each receive $2,500 price packages.

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Single mom puts up blog for 5-year-old son fighting cancer

Here’s an excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post.

To help her fight her son’s battle against cancer, a single mom has put up the blog The Enemy in Mio’s Body.

The link to the site is now being spread across social networks by Filipino Internet users who have been touched by the plight of five-year-old Mio.

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Filipino blogger-turned-legislator on role of youth and New Media in politics

Check out my latest CNET Asia blog post.

Here’s an excerpt:

It’s already a cliche to talk about the apathy of the youth, but blogger and Philippine House of Representatives congressman Raymond “Mong” Palatino would be the first to dispute this.

Not only did Kabataan Partylist, of which he is president and top nominee, make history as the country’s first elected youth group to win a seat in Congress under the partylist system, but Palatino is also the first blogger to become a national legislator in the Philippines.

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Imported September 2004-February 2007 archives

I’ve imported my old blog posts from my original personal blogs on Blogger and WordPress.com.

I started blogging in September 2004 on Blogger, before moving to WordPress.com in March 2006.

My last post for my old WordPress.com blog was in February 2007, when I moved to my own hosted WordPress blog. I don’t have access to those archives yet, but you can check out the stuff I churned out from Septermber 2004 to February 2007 here if you’re interested.

Whew, time sure flies when you’re having fun… blogging.