One tenet in journalism that is often ignored is not to insert yourself in the story you are reporting.
Beyond that are the television broadcasters who have become celebrities and news reporters who have become newsmakers themselves.
A male broadcaster recently became fodder for gossip when his sex video was leaked on the Internet. A female news anchor hit the headlines for her uncalled-for side comments on air.
Just recently, a senior reporter reaped criticisms when she was caught on video having a heated argument with a private citizen at a concert.
A simple booboo as being caught on camera while she was about to throw the piece of paper she just finished reading earned for a female news anchor both kudos and mockery.
Recently, PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and a few members of the press huddled with to GMA News Public Affairs newscasters Susan Enriquez and Cesar Apolinario for their views on the topic.
Susan and Cesar also host the lifestyle show on GMA News I Juander aired every Wednesday at 8pm.
Susan pointed out, “Sana maganda kung maging laman ka ng news in a positive [way], ‘di ba?”
“Kaya nga bawat gagawin kailangan maingat ka rin talaga, saka you behave properly din naman in public.
“Kasi hindi rin naman tama na halimbawa nandito sa ganitong lugar ay merong makikita sa yong arrogance.”
She also stressed, “Dapat nga, as much as possible, magiging huwaran ka sa paggawa ng maganda kasi nagbabalita ka.
“You want the people to believe what you are saying, kung ano yung binalita mo.
“And then para maging credible ka rin, kailangan magpakita ka rin ng positive attitude in public.”
Cesar interjected that he and his colleagues in their division have been trained on how to handle provocations.
“Maraming beses na kaming ginaganyan, titig lang kami. Parang ano lang, ‘I don’t talk to strangers’ para tapos na,” he said.
He also recalled violent encounters with fellow reporters.
“Meron pa nga, nasampal na ako before, pero napaano lang ako.
“Pinagmumura na rin ako ng isang media personality in front of other media people, pero hindi ko siya pinatulan.
“Bakit mo papatulan ang isang taong nagmumura? I think kami sa GMA, mas alam namin kung ano yung role namin.
He then emphasized, “So ako, sa ganyan, kahit ba nasa public ka o nasa private ka, basta ang ginagawa mo lahat ay tama, wala ka namang dapat ikatakot.”
In the face of an aggressor, the two are trained to take the higher road.
Susan said, “Magtimpi ka, magtimpi ka talaga. Pwede naman yun e, makokontrol mo naman.
“Dapat gano'n din talaga ang nasa isip natin, na you act properly in public, ‘wag gawin yung hindi maganda.
“Yung ayaw mong gawin sa yo, 'wag mong gawin sa kapwa mo, positive lang.”
Cesar averred, “In general, kung sino yung nakakaintindi, intindihin na lang.
“And I think people believe na kaming mga reporter ang dapat makaintindi kasi kami yung nagsasalita sa TV at radyo.
“Parang role model, so just be it. Sundin na lang yun.”
He explained, “Okay lang na sumimangot, okay lang na mainis kasi tao lang din naman kaming mga reporter.
“Ang hindi okay para sa akin ay yung isang sigaw ng isang tao, dodoblehin mo na hindi na siya maririnig.
“Sila ang voice e. Kung may negative man siyang sinasabi, let them talk.”