‘Double blind’ review journal launched

Last updated 05:26am (Mla time) 06/27/2007

MANILA, Philippines — The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) will launch Thursday the only “refereed” journal in Southeast Asia devoted to journalism — The Philippine Journalism Review.

A refereed journal is an academic publication the articles of which pass through a “double blind” review. This means that experts review the articles for publication without knowing who wrote them, while the authors do not know who reviewed their papers.


The Philippine Journalism Review (PJR), which previously appeared in magazine form, will be re-launched as a refereed journal during the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism (JVOAEJ) rites to be held June 28 at the SGV Hall of the Asian Institute of Management Conference Center in Makati City.


PJR ceased publication as a bimonthly in 2004, but a monthly monitor, PJR Reports, was launched in the same year.


In her foreword, CMFR Executive Director and PJR publisher Melinda Quintos de Jesus recalled that CMFR had always intended to republish PJR as a refereed journal together with PJR Reports (PJRR). PJR will initially be published annually, while PJRR will continue as a monthly.


The new journal, supported by the Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, will have the complete text of the class action suit filed by several journalists and media organizations against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s husband, Jose Miguel Arroyo, as a study aid for journalism students.


PJR will be edited by University of the Philippines journalism professor and CMFR deputy director Luis V. Teodoro, who was the magazine PJR’s editor for four years. Its managing editor is Danilo A. Arao, also of UP.


Among the contributing writers to the PJR journal are Luz Rimban, who wrote for Web radio, and Yvonne Chua, who reviewed The CMFR Ethics Manual: A Values Approach to News Media Ethics, and another CMFR publication, Limited Protection: Press Freedom and Philippine Law. Chua and Rimban were with the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and are two of only three JVOAEJ Hall of Famers.


UP’s Georgina Encanto, Danilo A. Arao and Lourdes E. Simbulan (Chit Estella); freelance journalist Ma. Cristina Rodriguez, St. Scholastica College’s Ma. Aurora Lomibao and UP graduate student Hazel Gulmatico complete the roster of contributors.

The members of the PJR board of advisers are Philippine Daily Inquirer publisher Isagani Yambot; Elizabeth Enriquez, Encanto, Chua and Jose F. Lacaba of UP; Rosario F. Hofileña and Violet Valdez of Ateneo de Manila University; Ramon R. Tuazon of AIJC; Joyce Arriola of the University of Santo Tomas and Lomibao


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