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The Twilight of Newspapers

This is an article featured by the PCIJ website today, 5 October 2004. Oh, I must caution you that only the first few paragraphs refer to this issue between Max Soliven and Roberto Romulo; the article is actually quite a lengthy piece on the difficulties newspapers face nowadays as a medium of communication.

Reading through past news articles from various sources (Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, etc.), the dispute between the two seems to have been heightened by the Soliven's alleged implication of Romulo(in not-so-anonymous blind items) in government scams in the Star's SpyBIZ column (Star Business Section), which goes with the byline "S. A. Maguire." Romulo alleges that it was Soliven himself who authors the column, with the "Maguire" pseudonym. Now from my point of view, whether or not Soliven himself is the author of SpyBIZ, the content of the newspaper is ultimately his responsibility, being the publisher.

Anyway, I still do enjoy reading newspapers (the comics section, most especially) and of course those glossy, expensive (or not so, especially if "borrowed," or rather stolen from airport lounges) international newsmagazines (as you may already deduce from my previous posts). As long as there are readers, and as long as there's news to tell, they will keep on going, perhaps in changing formats over the next generations, including possibly internet-based, and "printed" on polymer-based electronic "paper."

- Angelo

The Twilight of Newspapers
by Sheila S. Coronel

Newspapers are losing their audience ­ and their advertising ­ to television, but they still set the news agenda and retain their influence on policy makers.

MAX V. Soliven, publisher of The Philippine Star and self-styled doyen of Philippine journalism, is acting as if it were still the 1960s and newspapers were in their prime. The journalist of 40-something years created a stir recently when he refused to print the response of former Foreign Secretary Roberto Romulo to a series of columns that accused the ex-government official of wrongdoing and called him names.


Read more here (PCIJ website).

Article cited (c) Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, 2004
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