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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

itjournoasia features inq7 @ 5, the trade site for the region's tech journalists, IT companies and PR firms, featured the INQ7 @ 5 anniversary site in their Media News section.

Since is a password-protected, subscription-only site, I'm reprinting their article here:

Media News
INQ7 looks ahead as it turns 5
By Tan Lili
28/02/2006 11:49:55 AM

While most publications celebrate their birthdays by commemorating the milestones they have achieved, INQ7 hopes to engage its readers on its 5th anniversary by integrating tools to gradually evolve and embrace the Web 2.0 revolution.

To accomplish its hopes, the INQ7 team created a special anniversary website where text, audio and video converged. The project was spearheaded by Joey Alarilla, co-editor of gaming site and Infotech columnist at online title INQ7.

“I really wanted the site to showcase the multimedia services that we're offering or will soon be deploying throughout the growing INQ7 network,” said Alarilla.

“The site has an integrated WordPress blog, which we're using to post not only our articles and musings, but, more important, stories and comments from our readers.”

The homepage of the website shows a world map and you can enter the sections – Stories, Videos, Blog, Podcasts and Greetings – when you click on different continents.

Alarilla said one of his postings looked into the future of online journalism and how INQ7 will stay ahead of the curve.

“My post at the start of our blog explains what we're trying to achieve and what we see as the direction for online journalism: to make online publications more relevant to the needs of a new generation of Internet users; integrate online tools such as blogs and podcasts into the news process; and encourage more active participation and user-generated content from readers, but without getting too enamored with the technology.

“We have to embrace change without forgetting the basics of good journalism - the important thing is to tell good stories and provide quality service, whichever medium you may deploy or whatever gadget readers might use to access your content.”

In his blog, Alarilla quoted INQ7’s executive editor, Leo Magno, to talk about both the Old Media and the New Media.

Magno said: “There’s nowhere else to go but forward. I think we have to redefine what the real meaning of media is. You have a billion people online on the Internet and all of them [represent] a potential audience for your website. And you don’t consider that mass media? I don’t know what is.

“There used to be a time a decade ago or more when online newspapers weren’t considered yet really as a medium, as part of traditional media, but I think the distinction is now blurring between New Media and Old Media. It’s only guys like us who’ve been in media for the longest time who refer to it as Old and New Media. But the younger generation who grew up with this kind of medium does not consider it new.”

Like Alarilla, Magno also felt that good journalism should not be neglected even as a surge of new online applications emerge.

“These are just enablers for what people really want to do. What they really want to do is voice out an opinion, or a complaint, or a reaction, or tell their story,” Magno was quoted as saying.

“We’re hearing a lot of buzzwords like citizen journalism, grassroots journalism. A lot of these new tools — we’re going to incorporate and use them more often… I wouldn’t call this journalism per se right now. It has a lot of maturing to do still, but it’s a good start. And the good ones — the good bloggers, the good podcasters — may partner with media.”

Online publication INQ7, launched on February 27, 2001, is a joint venture between the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper and the GMA Network broadcast company.

Alarilla can be contacted at

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Monday, February 27, 2006

inq7 is 5 today

Happy 5th anniversary,

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Sunday, February 26, 2006

cory on her way to marines hq

Former president Corazon Aquino is now on her way to the Philippine Marines headquarters in Fort Bonifacio.

In a telephone interview with GMA-7 radio station dzBB, Aquino said she was on her way there with 20 to 25 people, including Teddy Boy Locsin, Butch Abad and Etta Rosales.

Asked why she was going to Fort Bonifacio, Aquino said she believes in "prayer power." "A lot of us need to be praying tonight," she said, for the peaceful resolution of this situation.

Aquino said she did not know if she would be allowed to enter Fort Bonifacio, since civilians are being driven away from the camp.

Read the Running Account.

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civil society protecting querubin--tv

Civil society protecting Querubin--TV

MAKATI--Members of civil society are protecting Marine Colonel Ariel Querubin, ANC television reports.

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standoff at marine hq

A standoff has developed between Colonel Ariel Querubin and the new Marine chief Brigadier General Nelson Allaga, GMA Network Flash Report says.

GMA Network footage shows several armored vehicles entering the Marine compound in Fort Bonifacio.

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querubin calls for people power

Querubin to public:
'Protect us from aggression'

By Joel Francis Guinto

A MARINE Colonel implicated in the alleged thwarted plot to unseat President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo called on the public on Sunday to come to Marine headquarters in Fort Bonifacio to "protect us from aggression."

"I will wait for the people to come here and protect us from aggression," Colonel Ariel Querubin told ANC television.

Querubin said he would be holed up at the Marine Corps headquarters to show support for his former commandant, Major General Renato Miranda, who was relieved upon his request on Sunday.

When asked about the alleged threats of aggression, Querubin said, "I don't know, but I expect that to happen."

Querubin also confirmed that he planned to join street protests last Friday and that he planned to bring along a "majority" of the 400-strong Marine officer corps.

The Marine colonel said he would join protests so that efforts to oust President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo "will not turn bloody." He said Miranda tried to dissuade them from doing so.

"We were prevailed upon by General Miranda," he said.

The military had claimed that the street protests last Friday were meant to pressure Military Chief General Generoso Senga to withdraw support from Arroyo, who remains hounded by allegations of electoral fraud.

Another officer, Army Brigadier General Danilo Lim, has been placed under house arrest and relieved as commander of the First Scout Ranger Regiment also for allegedly pressuring Senga to turn against the President.

Querubin calls for ‘people power’
to support relieved Marines chief

By Alcuin Papa Inquirer

Marines Colonel Ariel Querubin on Sunday called for “people power” to protest the relief of Marine commandant Major General Renato Miranda.

Querubin, commander of a Marine brigade based in Lanao del Sur said his act was not a withdrawal of support from the chain of command but to show solidarity to Major General Miranda.

Querubin said he would be staying at the Chapel of the Marines Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio.

Miranda was relieved from his post early Sunday afternoon at his request for "personal reasons."

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marine chief relieved at his request

Marine chief relieved at his request

By Joel Francis Guinto

THE COMMANDANT of the battle-tested Philippine Marine Corps, Major General Renato Miranda, was granted relief from his post on Sunday due to "personal reasons," officials said.

Miranda personally asked for his relief during a meeting with his immediate superior, Navy Chief Vice Admiral Mateo Mayuga, at Navy Headquarters along Roxas Boulevard in Manila Sunday afternoon, Navy spokesman Captain Geronimo Malabanan said.

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