PH longest-running alternative news website turns 15
Now that Bulatlat has turned 15, Jose Enrique Africa, one of the founders of Bulatlat, says their observations about the Philippine media’s reporting on people’s issues and interests sadly remain the same. And it is for this reason that the role of Bulatlat and many alternative media outfit in providing a voice to the marginalized in the so-called “information highway” is more relevant than ever. (read more)
How Bulatlat got its name
Bulatlat, despite whatever connotation, means “ang pagbubukas o pag-aalis ng pagkakabilot” (uncovering or removing the cover), according to the Diksyunaryo ng Wikang Pilipino by the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino. (read more)
In 2009, Bulatlat began posting first-person articles by its staffwriters, in the section On the Fringes. OTF is the group blog of the staff, and is meant to complement the feature articles and columns. It gives a human side to reporting, and allows writers to be less objective, and more personal.
Recently, it also featured musings by Bulatlat interns, who actually did not have much of a choice but to write something about an event or forum they attended. They were only too happy to do it. We think.
For Bulatlat’s 15th year, the current staff, and some of the former ones, gave some insight on how being part of the news website keeps them happy, sad, and/or crazy.
My sources of news, my sources of inspiration
RONALYN V. OLEA writes why she sometimes gets sleepless nights, and thinks that journalism is both a blessing and a curse.
Choosing journalism for the people
ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL says that as she writes for Bulatlat, she sharpens her writing skills, as well as her social and political perspective.
The cat that got me out of my rut
DEE AYROSO writes about Bulatlat’s lovable (but sometimes annoying) “everywhere�� cat.
‘Kulang sa libog’ and other facts you want to know about the early days of BulatlatDuring the first six months of Bulatlat, its editorial team said that while the content has been substantial and meaningful, the writing style and the range of topics have tended to be “dry” or “kulang sa libog.” One of the recommendations to specifically address the “libog” was to publish “tsismis” or “blind items.” (read more)
What they say about Bulatlat
Reporting on Luisita, ‘boldest, most comprehensive and consistent,’ farmers say
Ang masugid na pagsubaybay, masinop na pagkalap ng mga datos, at napapanahong pagbabalita ng Bulatlat.com sa tampok na isyung ito ng mga magbubukid at mangagawang agrikultural mula noon hanggang ngayon ay walang duda na siyang pinakamahusay at masasabing “second to none.” (read more)
Exemplary reports on the ‘Morong 43’
Kasa-kasama namin ang mga magigiting ninyong staff habang sinusuong ang isa sa pinakamapanghamong kabanata sa kasaysayan ng sektor – nang iligal na hulihin, ikulong, itortyur hanggang sa mapalaya ang 43 manggagawang pangkalusugan noong 2010. (read more)
As overseas Filipinos, we are very much appreciative of the timely, comprehensive and incisive articles and other media that Bulatlat features. We thank the team of Bulatlat for unceasingly featuring issues and themes that are relevant to the people in the Philippines and outside. In this age of information technology, Bulatlat has become a rich, fast and credible source of facts and insightful commentaries for us Filipinos overseas. (read more)
‘Bulatlat is a witness to our struggle,’ says OFW
Paborito ko pong sulatan ang Bulatlat sa pag-expose ng mga kasong naiwanan ng PH embassy ng Kuwait lalo sa mga minaltrato, mga rape victims at iba pang malalang kaso noon. (read more)
‘Making media a potent platform for social change’ — NUJP
That you have reached this long in bringing out the issues of great significance to grassroots communities and marginalized sectors and peoples is a testament to your untiring zeal to make the media a potent platform for social change. (read more)
‘Inspiring fellow alternative media outfits’
Bulatlat’s brand of journalism continues to inspire fellow alternative media outfits. Bulatlat consistently probes deep into the issue and highlights news content that usually remains unreported in the mainstream media. It gives primacy to reporting the seldom-discussed aspects of social reality, disturbing the limits of traditional mainstream reporting.
‘The first and leading site in progressive reporting’
Natumbok ng Bulatlat, labinglimang taon na ang nakakaraan, ang potensyal ng platapormang Internet sa pagpapalaganap ng matalas, makamamamayan at makabayang politikal na pag-uulat, pagsusuri at pagkokomentaryo. Kasama ng mas napapanahong balita, opinyon, pagtatasa’t mga imahen at video na kalakhan ay hindi matatagpuan o mapapantayan ng namamayaning komersyal na midya, una’t nananatiling nauuna ang Bulatlat sa larangan ng makabayang pamamahayag sa bansa. (read more)
‘Committed in empowering the marginalized’ — campus journalists
Since its founding after the ouster Estrada administration in 2001, Bulatlat has been committed in empowering the marginalized by emphasizing their determination and struggle against the nine-year rule of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the following administration of Benigno S. Aquino III.(read more)
‘My internship was one for the books’
I learned the ins and outs of true Journalism, touching on issues that are mostly put to the side by mainstream media. I felt empowered being able to tell the story of the people who are either the victim, hero sometimes villain, but always real.(read more)
‘Partner in defending human rights’
Mapalad at buong-pagmamalaki naming masasabi na naging katuwang namin ang Bulatlat sa pagsisiwalat ng katotohanan at paglaban sa umiiral na walang pakundangang pagyurak sa karapatang pantao, lalo na sa karapatan sa buhay. Katuwang namin kayo hanggang sa ngayon sa pagtataguyod sa mga karapatan at paglaban sa pang-aabuso.(read more)
Giving women, children voices
Kabilang ang mga kababaihan at bata sa seksyon ng ating lipunan na walang boses at madalas na nakatago. Sa pamamagitan ng bulatlat.com naipararating ang mensahe at kahingian ng mga batang lumad sa Mindanao, mga comfort women na biktima ng mga sundalong Hapon noong World War 2, mga labandera, tindera at iba pang maralita sa Tondo na hindi na makahinga dahil sa tambak ng carbon, mga biktima ng Ondoy sa Bgy. Bagong Silangan sa Quezon City, pamilya ng kababaihang magsasakang inaagawan ng lupa, at marami pang ibang nakakubling realidad.(read more)
No ‘alternative’ truths, just a facist gov’t, says teachersKapanalig ng kilusang guro sa pagsusulong ng siyentipiko, makabayan at makamasang tipo ng edukasyon. Gayon din, kapanalig ng mamamayan sa pag-Bulatlat ng mga isyung direktang nakakaapekto sa hanay ng mga guro, kawani, manggagawa, magsasaka, mga bata’t kababaihan at lahat ng aping uri sa ilalim ng bulok na estado. (read more)
‘Positive model of progressive media’ — NDFP
Luis Jalandoni, chairperson of the negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines for the peace talks with the government and Coni Ledesma, member of the NDFP peace panel, congratulate Bulatlat on its 15th anniversary.(watch it here)
Theater actress, women’s rights activist and One Billion Rising global director Monique Wilson greets Bulatlat on its 15th anniversary