A diverse group of bloggers have come together to write articles on election-related issues to foster voter’s education, commentaries, features on the candidates running for national positions, and any other topics that would broaden the voters’ ability to vote wisely in the coming 2010 Philippine elections. Vibal Foundation’s Philippine Online Chronicles (http://thepoc.net) is hosting BlogWatch.ph online.
BlogWatch.ph aims to cover underplayed stories in various formats normally used by bloggers such as podcasts, articles, and videos. Another thing that will distinguish itself is its use of social networking media to spread information and connect with its readers. Already, the site has Plurk, Twitter, Ustream, Facebook, YouTube, and Qik accounts set up so that BlogWatch.ph can be made accessible to almost everyone who is online.
At the official launch last November 24 at Max’s Restaurant in Bel-Air, Makati City, traditional media and other bloggers were in attendance. Gus Vibal, publisher of Philippine Online Chronicles likewise graced the occasion.
The program proper went as follows:
The Philippine Online Chronicles and Blog Watch – Kristine Mandigma (Program Director)
The Role of Bloggers as New Media – Ed Lingao (Phil. Center for Investigative Journalism)
Blogging / Journalism – Marck Rimorin (Blog Watch writer)
The Blog Watch Site and Plans – Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (Project Director)
Introduction of the Writers
Open Forum with the Press
Emcee: Vince Golangco (Blog Watch writer)
Below is a teaser video on Blog Watch shown during the launch:
BlogWatch.ph will continue to evolve to include more interactive content. We strongly encourage all of you who have a stake in the 2010 elections to actively participate in the Blog Watch polls and tell us what you think via our comment sections.
We are also accepting bloggers who may want to guest blog on commentaries. If you are interested, send us an email at email@example.com. We still need bloggers from the provinces in Northern and Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.