New weekly newspaper out in Laguna, vows ‘good journalism’
SANTA ROSA CITY, Philippines – A newspaper covering Laguna will be launched on Wednesday, January 30, in this city, promising Lagunenses “in-depth news and compelling stories.” The newsweekly, called Laguna Now, will circulate in the six cities and several towns of this bustling province just south of Manila.
Published by Conde Media, a new publishing start-up based in this city, Laguna Now is a news and current affairs newspaper edited and published by a staff with decades of combined professional journalism experience, publisher Ayi M. Conde said. “We intend to make Laguna Now a key player in Laguna. It will play an important role in community building,” she said.
In its inaugural editorial, the newspaper declared that “good journalism is our creed” and vowed to do “its best to be truthful and accurate.” It said: “We will plumb the depths of issues and events as best we could. No story is insignificant – only stories not told well.”
Part of its mission, it said, was to challenge spin, propaganda and falsehoods, particularly by government. “We will uphold good governance and accountability as well as respect for human rights, civil liberties, and freedom of expression,” the editorial said. “Make no mistake: we are biased for these values and principles. These are non-negotiable and we will treat them as such in these pages.” It urged its readers to use the newspaper “as a tool to make your community better.”
In its first issue, Laguna Now will report on the “drug war” in Laguna, tackle the decision by the San Pedro City government to remove a statue honoring “comfort women,” the death in the Maldives of a couple on honeymoon. It will run profiles of a Ranger nearly died in Marawi and declared recently as Calamba City’s hero, as well as the Laguna-raised actor Alden Richards.
“The dominance of social media in our newsfeeds notwithstanding, we believe good, quality community journalism will thrive not only in Laguna but across the Philippines,” Conde said. “We are bullish about this venture because we are convinced that competent journalism can help in community and nation building,” she said.
The newspaper comes out every Wednesday. It’s website, lagunanow.ph, has been online for more than a month now, as well as its social media accounts @lagunanow.
Conde Media also publishes Lifestyle Laguna (lifestylelaguna.com), a monthly magazine whose inaugural issue, dated January 2019, came out in late December. Lifestyle Laguna covers the growth areas of Laguna and is distributed for free in at least 24 villages and subdivisions and dozens of establishments, particularly in the cities of Santa Rosa, Calamba, Cabuyao, and Silang, Cavite.
Ayi M. Conde
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