Si Joseph Morong ang bagong anchor ng Stand For Truth, ang YouTube public service program ng GMA News and Public Affairs.
May mga bagong episodes itong napapanood tuwing Lunes, Miyerkules, at Biyernes.
Si Joseph ang ipinalit kay Atom Araullo, na kasama ni Maki Pulido, ay pumalit naman kay Jessica Soho sa State of the Nation.
Nagsimula ang stint ni Joseph bilang anchor ng Stand For Truth noong Lunes, January 4, 2021.
Nalaman ni Joseph na siya ang ipapalit kay Atom noon lamang December 29, 2020.
Hindi itinanggi ng Kapuso news anchor ang nararamdamang pressure dahil para sa kanya, “There is always pressure with new things.”
Pero hindi nagdalawang-isip si Joseph na tanggapin ang alok na maging anchor ng Stand For Truth.
Katuwiran niya, "It is a pioneering show that I am more than honored to be part of."
Naniniwala si Joseph na ang mga reporter ang sikreto ng Stand For Truth kaya umaasa siyang malaki ang maitutulong ng kanyang propesyon sa mga pagbabagong maihahatid niya.
Saad niya, "One of the show’s strength is its reporters. These are young, also inquisitive types na iba rin ang silip sa balita.
"I hope that we’d be able to also shine a light on their process because it’s also important to show how news is gathered.
"When we were doing 'Fact or Fake,' one of the conclusions that we arrived at is that if fake news is prevalent, it’s because people have a distrust in the traditional media, the so-called 'legacy media,' and that distrust is because people are not fully aware (which I think they would want to be) of how news is gathered.
"So to build trust, we must show our process. I’m taking on this new role with that in mind."
Patuloy niya, "In the press conferences that I cover, which are now aired live not just on TV but on social media, I hope that the public sees how news gathering occurs.
"So that when they see the story in the primetime news, they know how we arrived at a particular fact or statement from our sources.
"I’m saying all of these, because I think people want to be involved more, they want a more active role in the news cycle.
"Sometimes the questions that I ask are from the feedback that I get from Facebook and Twitter. I hope to bring more of that inquisitive dynamics into the show."
Maraming pagbabago ang nangyari sa buong mundo dahil sa malaking epekto ng coronavirus pandemic.
Ano ang mga hindi mo makalilimutang karanasan noong nakaraang taon?
Sagot ni Joseph sa Cabinet Files, "I agree, and I think the pandemic has changed the way we do things even after the world has sufficiently managed the disease.
"On a professional level, work-from-home setup is no longer an alien idea.
"I have read some articles that the pandemic has put into question the relevance of newsrooms (maybe in the States, but here I guess we’ll have to wait and see) or having physical offices in other businesses.
"My point is, definitely it has changed journalism. What I will remember (isn’t it nice to talk about COVID-19 in the past tense? Hopefully, we’ll get over this pandemic) is that in a way, it has emphasized the value of our work as journalists and the value of news in our daily lives.
"The skills that we have honed during this pandemic (being able to multi-task or being technically-adept), we can use more moving forward. In a way, as journalists, we have become our own newsrooms and after COVID-19, I think that is a trait that will better serve us.
"On a personal level, I think it has taught us to go back to basics—to prioritize what is essential.
"We don’t need much it seems, if only we can streamline our lives to what really needs our attention and energy: devoting time to family which is constant in our lives, doing good in our job because of the purpose that it serves, and nurturing friendships because in this isolation, we realize the value of real connections."
Isa ka sa mga television news personality na napansin nang husto noong 2020, ano sa palagay mo ang mga dahilan?
Tugon ni Joseph, “It’s because of my work. People are hungry for news and there is more attention (or scrutiny, which I welcome) to the work that we do.
"The press conferences have given more visibility to reporters, for example. But I always say that a journalist’s job is to shine the light on issues, to give voice to the voiceless.
"Once you desire that spotlight for yourself, you’re taking the light out of the issues that need be discussed. I do hope that I am fulfilling the public’s need for information."
Binigyan ng ibang kulay ang pagkagiliw sa iyo ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque sa tuwing may press briefing ang Malacañang Palace.
Kung bibigyan mo siya ng payo, ano ito?
"Mag-mask, hugas, iwas. Hehe," sagot ni Joseph.
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