La Salle prof drops hint why Trillanes press conferences, a “BIG” hit among local reporters?

Senator Trillanes might not be the most popular politician in the country. However, have you noticed or it’s just me that his press cons are always popular among local reporters?

But thanks to La Salle professor Van Ybiernas whose latest Facebook post gives us an intriguing insight into this phenomenon.

BTW, Ybiernas was reacting to the old Rappler article about PCOO Chief Andanar’s allegation that Trillanes paid $1,000 to reporters who attended Lascanas’ press conference.

Read the post below.

Nakakita na ako ng sweldo ng reporter ng isa sa pinakamalaking network sa bansa. Anliit talaga, in fairness! E di lalo na siguro sa mas maliliit.

Alam ko rin magkano sweldo ni Xiao Chua para sa Xiao Time dati. Buti na lang propesor pa din siya sa La Salle kaya di gutom.

Kaya siguro ang peg ng media kay Trillanes ay: “You had me at free meals!”

Eh di ba nga nagka-kontrobersya pa si Andanar dati kasi sabi nya nagkapasahan ng dolyar sa presscon ni Trillanes para kay Lascanas.

So, sulit na rin ang pagpunta sa presscon ng mga senador: libre kain at may sobre pa! Ayos na rin…

Ybiernas Facebook post has elicited comments on social media in reaction to Andanar’s allegation.

Bidz Bonuel remarks: “Naalala ko nag apply akong jr reporter sa isang local radio station dito samin..tanong ng station manager sakin .”bat gusto mong mag reporter??.

Sagot ko..”experience lang po sir'”

Sagot ng SM sakin..”experience??bakit ayaw mo bang magkapera??hahahaha..”

Mary Michelle agrees with Ybiernas. “talagang maliit ang pasweldo ng mga reporter. ang malaki lang dyan na sweldo eh yung mga katulad nina noli de castro pero nag umpisa din sa maliit na sahod at lumaki lang ang sweldo kasi sumikat…hahaha”

Jernalie Dumapay recalled a seminar he attended in college days wherein the speaker was a reporter. “Pero naalala ko noong college ako sabi ng reporter na nag-speaker sa seminar namin pag Shiela Coronel level ka (head/dating head ng PCIJ) may isla sa Palawan. Kaya pangarap ko rin dati pagka-graduate ko magkaisla din sa Palawan kasi feeling ko yayamanin mga reporter.”

Meanwhile, Kathy San Gabriel rebuts Ybiernas post. “Reporters cover press briefings not because of the free meals, but because part ‘yon ng beat nila. Reporters are oftentimes assigned to beats, for example, Senate beat. Kapag may press briefing ang isang senador, natural they will cover because it’s part of their beat. Kundi, mai-iscoopan sila at sila ang mabibigyan ng memo ng desk editor and news manager. Maraming haw siao na media who are also there for the free meals, pero huwag nyo namang lahatin. Hindi lahat ng miyembro ng media ay pataygutom.”

Van Ybiernas responds: “Ang lahat ay problema ng paglalahat (generalization). There will always be an exception to the generalization but the generalization stands on the generalization itself, not on the exceptions…”

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