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By Junex Doronio

ILOILO CITY — If the mainstream media is called the Fourth Estate, then the social media can be considered the Fifth Estate?

This question cropped up after the launching on Saturday of the Iloilo Media-Citizen Council that aims to support journalists and vloggers in content creation and in fighting disinformation.

Francis Allan Angelo, interim chairperson of the Iloilo Media-Citizen Council, disclosed that vloggers are part of the council and helped craft the Western Visayas Journalists’ Guide which will be released in a month’s time.

“It is important that we have to update these guidelines because we are seeing a lot of developments, we are seeing a lot of practitioners. We are not limited to traditional media organizations that we know,” Angelo said.

He reasoned out that including vloggers and other content creators in the discussion of the media-citizen council could help their sector and show what best media practices they could adapt.

The Iloilo Media-Citizen Council chairperson pointed out that the media guide would include the use of digital media tools and how it could be best used in reportage.

Angelo is also editor-in-chief of the Iloilo City-based Daily Guardian.

According to Wikipedia, the first estate was the clergy, the second estate was the nobility, the third estate was the commoners and bourgeois, and the fourth estate was the press.

The first three estates were established in the French Revolution, while the fourth estate was a term first coined in the early to mid-1800s.

During those times, no one has imagined of a social media where every Tom, Dick and Harry can be a blogger or vlogger. (ai/mnm)