Thank you, Cebu

Ryan Macasero 04/22/2017

For the past three months, I’ve been tasked to come up with a column that explores media and social media issues from the Cebuano perspective. And with this column, I end my short stint as a columnist…

Credible after all: A personal reminder against confirmation bias

Ryan Macasero 04/15/2017

The US embassy’s diplomatically-worded “unsubstantiated yet credible” intel, which was the basis of a travel advisory issued over the Central Visayas, turned out to be credible after all. On the morning of April 11, suspected members of…

The art of diplomacy

Ryan Macasero 04/01/2017

Hindi daw ako statesman. Excuse me? Hindi daw ako statesman. Ang pagkaalam ko, tumakbo ako ng Presidente. Wala mang posisyong statesman doon sa ’min, bakit mo ko pipilitin maging statesman?” the President said. (Then they said I’m…

Student journalists and the future of community news

Ryan Macasero 03/25/2017

While many aspiring journalists nationwide look to the capital to cover national events unfold, I did the opposite. I was already with a national news outlet and decided late 2015 that national news, listening to politicians repeat…

Cite your (credible) sources

Ryan Macasero 03/18/2017

“Cite your sources.” High school and college teachers would repeat this over and over and over again to students writing essays or research papers until they get it right. But many elected officials in the Philippines, including…

The women journalists who taught me courage

Ryan Macasero 03/11/2017

If women journalists in the Philippines participated in the global campaign “A Day Without a Woman” for International Women’s Day this year, most newsrooms across the country would be very empty. Well, we do have a gender…

Was Edsa 1 a revolution?

Ryan Macasero 02/25/2017

( In today’s “Bias” I’d like to share this piece by a good friend Miguel Barretto Garcia, a Cebuano PhD. student, a University of San Carlos graduate and writer who shares his thoughts on the 31st anniversary…

Choose to love

Ryan Macasero 02/18/2017

If we cannot love each other yet, let us not hate each other too much.” This was the message delivered at the State of the Nation Address 2016. Last Valentine’s Day, I remembered these words and reflected…

My month at CDN

Ryan Macasero 02/11/2017

After leaving my job at a local digital start-up last November, Cebu Daily News’ editor-in-chief Edralyn Benedicto invited me to come try out CDN. I was hesitant at first because I “grew up” as a journalist with…

America’s Black History Month: If Ida B. Wells were alive today

Ryan Macasero 02/04/2017

Every February, the US celebrates Black History Month. While I’m not black, I grew up learning about leaders in the black community who fought for racial equality and justice there. Long before I decided to pursue a…