ABS-CBN Correspondent Nadia Trinidad Goes to Stanford University

A Filipina broadcaster is a recipient of the prestigious John S. Knight Fellowship scholarship for school year 2009-2010 at Standford University in Palo Alto, California.
Nadia Trinidad, senior correspondent of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Company, has been awarded the Yahoo! International Fellow. She will dwell on the psychological and sociological aspects of corruption in the media and design a manual to help news organizations mitigate the problem, according to the press release of the fellowship posted on its Web site.
Trinidad is joining eight other foreign journalists and 20 Americans for 2009-2010 John S. Knight Fellowship. She is expected to arrive in California next month.
A report said Trinidad is a proud member of Ateneo de Manila AB Mass Communication Batch ’97.
I posted this because the 2010 elections will be loaded with media practitioners.
Vice President Noli de Castro is still a practicing radio host with his Saturday program over dzMM, though he has yet to declare his presidential candidacy.
Senator Loren Legarda, also a former media person, is also running for president. She, too, has yet to declare her candidacy.
A number of journalists are joining the senatorial derby like Ted Failon of ABS-CBN.
It is believed that we have in our midst some corrupt journalists.
Are De Castro, Legarda and Failon corrupt?
How do you say that a journalist is corrupt? Is it because he or she reports news in exchange for a sum of money?
For sure, an “attack-collect” reporter is corrupt.
Is it moral to accept money from a PR-man?
How is corruption in the media being practiced?
These are some of the questions we journalists should resolve with urgency. -30-

*SC suspends lawyer Mauricio for three years
The day I posted this article on Nadia Trinidad, the Supreme Court issued a directive suspending lawyer Melanio “Batas” Mauricio for three years for violation of the Code of Professional Responsibility.
“For as the (Integrated Bar of the Philippines) found, he engaged in deceitful conduct by, inter alia, taking advantage of the complaint against CDO (food company) to advance his interest to obtain funds for his Batas Foundation and seek sponsorships and advertisements for the tabloids and his television program,” the Court ruling said.
Mauricio attacked Foodsphere Inc., manufacturer and distributor of CDO canned goods and grocery products, in his newspaper columns, radio and television programs after a consumer filed a complaint about the quality of CDO Liver Spread in 2004.
However, Mauricio did not stop attacking Foodsphere even after the complainant and the CDO makers have already settled their dispute.
The case of Mauricio is a clear example of corruption in the media. Maybe an attack and collect case.
Various journalist groups follow a certain code of conduct. Here in the Philippines, the National Press Club and the Philippine Press Institute adopted a particular Code of Ethics for Journalists.
According to a lawyer, any person or group can file charges against a journalist before a prosecutor based on this adopted Code of Ethics for Journalists embraced by the NPA and PPI. -30-

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