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Reporter urges young journos to ‘rise above’ fake news

ABS-CBN News reporter Jeff Canoy urged young journalists to rise above amidst the proliferation of fake news.



ABS-CBN News reporter Jeff Canoy urged the members of the campus press to rise above amidst the proliferation of fake news and information in the age of social media. Photo courtesy of Julius Villavieja/TomasinoWeb.

A television reporter urged the members of the campus press to rise above amidst the proliferation of fake news and information in the age of social media.

“Anyone can post and make it appear as news. We’ve had quite a battle ngayong 2017. [Fake news sites ang] naging challenge sa amin ngayon; we have to rise above this clutter,” said ABS-CBN News reporter Jeff Canoy in a lecture last Sept. 20.

Canoy encouraged aspiring journalists to live up the conventional values of journalism knowing the situation of media today.

“Two things that you have to keep in mind [and] that will never ever change [are] we are always guided by two main principles: fairness and accuracy. Yun lang ang requirements to have a good story, a solid story.”

On the other hand, he assured the audience not to lose their trust on the mainstream media.

“At the end of the day, good journalism is good journalism, at kahit anong gawin ng mga trolls at fake news websites, lulutang at lulutang pa rin ang good journalism. At the end of the day, we’re still storytellers,” Canoy relayed.

‘Huge disturbance’

The award-winning journalist admitted that the emergence of social media created a “huge disturbance” in the newsroom, forcing reporters to be skilled in different tasks need in good reporting.

“Now, a reporter is a one-man team. Why pay 20 people to do one thing when you could just pay one person to do [the same] thing, ‘di ba?” Canoy said.

He added that social media has heightened the competition between news publications online, which sometimes leads to publication of unverified information.

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Canoy pointed out that quality should be prioritized over the speed of sharing information.

“But lagi naming goal is, still, better to be right than to be first.”

The lecture was organized by the UST Office of the Public Affairs and ABS-CBN Corporation.A. Ortega



Artlets professor, 3 Thomasian alumni awarded Outstanding Rizaleños of 2018



Photo from Prof. Clarence M. Batan, PhD

A professor of the Faculty of Arts and Letters and three Thomasian alumni were granted Outstanding Rizaleños of 2018 last Tuesday, June 19.

Sociologist Clarence Batan, cardiologist Dr. Marilou de Jesus, nuclear medicine specialist Dr. Juan Torres, Jr. and painter Salvador Juban received the award during the seventh Gawad Rizal at SM Cherry Antipolo Event Center.

“I was honored to receive this recognition representing my province and in celebration of the 157th birthday our national hero, Jose Rizal,” Batan said in an online interview with TomasinoWeb.

He added: “I felt a sense of encouragement to continue doing good social science, both as a teacher and as a researcher in my chosen field – Sociology particularly in the realm of childhood and youth studies.”

The Binangonan native is the last director of the Research Cluster for Culture, Education, and Social Issues.

Specializing in Youth Studies, Batan also played a vital role in establishing the Research Center for Social Sciences and Education.

Meanwhile, Medicine and Surgery alumnus De Jesus is the incumbent president of the Philippine College of Physicians – Rizal Chapter and the Cardiovascular Unit Department of Clinica Antipolo Hospital.

Torres, who earned his medical degree in the University, is currently a diplomate of the American and Philippine boards of Nuclear Medicine and the Philippine Board of Internal Medicine. He is the former chairman and chief of Nuclear Medicine of the University.

Juban, a former student of the old College of Architecture and Fine Arts, was an apprentice of former National Artist for Painting Carlos Francisco.

Moreover, Batan stated that the award was a testimony of hard work, passion for teaching and research, love for the country and a celebration of God’s given talent.

“My Thomasian education is central to my being a social scientist and me being a Thomasian faculty and researcher have given me opportunities to share the mission of learning about the social world we live in, especially the fascinating world of our Filipino society,” Batan said.

Gawad Rizal is annually celebrated on June 19, in honor of the birth of national hero Jose Rizal.

The ceremony recognizes Rizaleños who excel in his or her field and is chosen as model citizens of the province of Rizal.—H. M. Amoroso

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UST aces June 2018 nursing boards



The University posted a perfect passing rate in the June 2018 licensure examination for nurses as all four Thomasian examinees passed.

Carmela Niña Sampaga Tormo led the new batch of Thomasian nurses, landing on the ninth spot with a score of 85.60 percent.

Last year, UST also recorded a perfect passing rate in which all the four Thomasian examinees passed.

Mark Tristan Pangilinan Robosa of University of Pangasinan topped this year’s board exams with a score of 87.60 percent.

Meanwhile, West Visayas State University – La Paz, Velez College and Xavier University were named top performing schools with a perfect passing rate.

According to the Professional Regulation Commission, 4,326 out of 9,873 examinees nationwide passed the board exam. 


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UST retains spot in 2019 QS world ranking, fourth in PH top universities



The University retained its spot on the 801-1,000 bracket of the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, placing fourth among the Philippine universities that made it on the list.

The University of the Philippines kept its place as the country’s top university despite going down in the 384th place from last year’s 367th.

Ateneo de Manila University went down to the 651-700 bracket from the 551-600 last year.

Moreover, De La Salle University joined UST in the 801-1,000 bracket after dropping from last year’s 701-750 bracket.

Despite remaining unmoved from its last year’s spot, UST remained as the only Philippine university to receive a QS four-star rating.

A four-star rated university is “highly international, demonstrating excellence in both research and teaching,” the QS Top Universities website stated.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was hailed again for the seventh-straight year as the top university in the world.

The National University of Singapore dethroned the Nanyang Technological University as the best in Asia, placing 11th worldwide.

The universities are evaluated based on six factors: academic reputation (40%) , employer reputation (10%) ,  faculty/student ratio (20%) , citations per faculty (20%), international faculty ratio (5%), and international student ratio (5%).—B. Laforga



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