Covering Corruption: Frames of Broadsheets on the Philippine Government’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) Scandal

Alyssa Bianca Delfin 1, Jillian Nathalie Garcia 2 *

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This study is a content analysis of the three Philippine broadsheets (The Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star and The Manila Bulletin) from August 3 to October 30, 2013 on how much prominence the broadsheets allot coverage to a corruption case known as the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in the Philippines. The research considered the news presentation, journalistic standards, treatment, frequency of appearances and placement on the newspapers. The study also determined the relationship between these attributes via correlation. The researchers concluded that there is a regular pattern of reportage of the PDAF issue in the broadsheets. However, the observed relationships between the variables revealed some form of disparity between each of them.


Framing Philippine broadsheets political communication prominence of issues content analysis


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Article Type: Research Article

Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, Volume 6, Issue 3, July 2016, pp. 69-98

Published Online: 26 Jul 2016

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