Less than a year after its launch, pioneering mobile journalism newscast "Stand for Truth" has become a game-changer in Philippine mobile journalism, with its daily episodes earning over 2 million views a night online and being quoted in mainstream newscasts.
From 275,000 average daily views last April 2019, data from January 2020 shows that "Stand for Truth" now bats an average daily view of 2.3 million via GMA News’ Facebook page. On YouTube, the program recorded average daily views of 405,000 last January—a 300 percent increase from its average daily views of 129,000 when it first aired.
Produced by GMA News and Public Affairs, "Stand for Truth" prides itself for getting and training a new breed of young reporters from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Bringing new blood to the most awarded broadcast news organization in the country, the "Stand for Truth" reporters have proven themselves worthy of the spotlight alongside award-winning broadcast journalist Atom Araullo and GMA resident political analyst Richard Heydarian.
Using just their mobile phones to capture stories, "Stand for Truth" reporters have established a niche in modern journalism. Just recently, its January 30 episode on the confirmed case of NCOV virus in the Philippines became the 8th trending topic on YouTube Philippines. This is the highest record of the online newscast to date.
Stories first aired on "Stand for Truth" have been picked up as well by both GMA Network’s newscasts and Public Affairs programs. This only proves that the young reporters are creating content that can be used not just on mobile devices but for televisions as well. Last August 2019, "Stand for Truth" made its news and features available to viewers when it started airing back-to-back with State of the Nation (SONA) with Jessica Soho on leading local news channel GMA News TV.