From Loren to Marimar:
The Philippine Media in the 1990s

Winner: National Book Award for Media (1999)

THIS COLLECTION is must reading for anyone interested in how one of the most influential sectors in philippine society operates: the media. The 35 articles in this anthology examine the structure of Philippine newspapers and television, describe Filipino forays into the World Wide Web, and probes such problems as ethics and ownership. They also trace how, in just a decade, the media in the Philippines have become as powerful as they are now. One of the things this collection explains is why media peronalities have found their way into politics and why politicians are lining up to be news anchors or talk show hosts.

This anthology paints a portrait of the Philippine media in the 1990s: rowdy, free and noisy but also vulnerable to pressure and harassment. These articles, first published by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) in newspapers and in i magazine, provide a fresh perspective on the problems and issues that confront the philippine media at the turn of the millennium. Trenchant and well-researched, they focus an unflinching eye on the strengths and weaknesses of the media.

This book is emant for students, media users, researchers, officials and ordinary citizens who wish to udnerstand the often anarchic way in which one of the most powerful institutions in out society works. From Loren to Marimar does not mince words. These articles were written by jorunalists who have harnessed their investigative skills to examine their own trade. They did not always like what they found.

© 1999, 206 pages, ISBN 971-8686-24-X

The book is available at the PCIJ office. For more information, email or call (+632) 4319204.