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Have you hugged a newsman today?

by RepublicAsia

APRIL 4 may seem like an ordinary day to some people, but it is not. Since 2005, people have been using this day to celebrate and show appreciation to their favorite news reporters or even people in the media. Because of this, this day became known as National Hug a Newsperson Day, formerly known as National Hug a Newsman Day. 

This is a day people use to show their appreciation to people in the media. Of course, hugging is one way to do that, but there are other ways. People can also send them thank you notes, support their work, or acknowledge the hard work they put into it. 

Newspeople work tirelessly in the media to help keep us aware of what is happening in society and the world. They do this by constantly watching what is happening around them, often having to forego other life events to do so. Then, they report it to us by writing articles or reporting it on television. 

There are many people to acknowledge like Ted Failon, Mel Tiangco, and Maria Ressa, who work hard to keep us informed. 

Ted Failon is a TV show and radio host that covers current and public affairs. He has been on shows such as TV Patrol World on ABS-CBN and Hoy Gising. He also does radio shows like DZMM Radyo Patrol Balita. He is among the Top 10 Most Admired Personalities on Television, which shows that many communication students admire him. 

Meanwhile, Mel Tiangco is an award-winning broadcaster who reports for 24 Oras.  She is also known for founding GMA’s Kapuso Foundation and as a meme queen to the younger generation. 

On the writing side, we have Maria Ressa, a Filipino-American journalist who co-founded Rappler, one of the top media outlets in the Philippines. She has also worked hard to stop disinformation and fake news. This helped win many awards and titles, such as the “Nobel Peace Prize” for journalism and Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2018. 

These are just some of the people we can acknowledge today, but of course, there are many unsung voices in the media who work in publications, television, and other forms of media. Let us show our appreciation and thank them today. 

With reports from Brigitta Feliza R. Aquino


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