Pinoy Weekly article is finalist in JVO Awards

PW’s article on Jpepa and its effect on the local fisherfolk bagged a finalist slot in the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism in 2007. I wrote the article with Soliman Santos. Here is a link to the article posted in my multiply account:

Here is Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility’s press release:

For immediate release
For more information on the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism, please contact the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility at any of the following numbers:  894-1314/894-1326.


THE BEST investigative and explanatory reports published in 2007 will be named on June 26 from among ten finalists during the 19th Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence on Journalism (JVOAEJ), the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) which administers the awards has announced.

This year’s finalists are:

Palace document shows gov’t plan to neutralize Left
Norman Bordadora and Michael Lim Ubac
Philippine Daily Inquirer
July 16-17, 2007

The road to Italy
Gemma Luz Corotan
September-December 2007

Inside PCGG 21 years later
Fernando del Mundo, Margaux C. Ortiz, Jerry Esplanada and Daxim L. Lucas with reports from TJ Burgonio and Lawrence de Guzman
Philippine Daily Inquirer
February 22-25, 2007

Environmentalists to govt: Manage garbage, don’t promote landfills, dumps
Nora O. Gamolo
The Manila Times
October 28-29, October 31-November 1, 2007

Trapped in a web of lives
Glenda M. Gloria
December 2007-February 2008

Garci was here
Miriam Grace A. Go
July-September 2007

The battle for Manila’s gateway
Roel Landingin
September-December 2007

Bridging the digital gap
Allison Lopez, Riza Olchondra, Juliet Labog-Javellana with reports from
Julie S. Alipala
Chief: Fernando del Mundo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
December 27-29, 2007

Malansang balak ng Hapon sa Pilipinas
Soliman A. Santos and Kenneth Roland A. Guda
Pinoy Weekly
October 17-23, 2007

What’s swimming in your soup?
Prime Sarmiento
Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
Published in Malaya, November 27-28, 2007

To focus attention and encourage reporting on the urgent issues of human rights, the environment, and governance and corruption, the JVOAEJ awards this year scanned both investigative and explanatory articles on these three topics.

The June 26 program will award plaques of distinction and a corresponding cash prize of 70,000 to the best reports, and plaques of merit and a cash prize of P25,000 to deserving articles. All finalists will receive a plaque of recognition and a cash prize of P10,000 each.  The articles were chosen by the board of judges from the screened reports on the three themes mentioned above.

This will be the twelfth year that the Canadian Embassy will award the Marshall McLuhan Prize, a travel study tour of Canada. For the sixth time, the Australian Embassy will present the Australian Ambassador’s Award, an observation tour of Australia. The recipients of these two awards will be selected by the two embassies in consultation with CMFR.

Before the awards ceremony, CMFR will hold the Jaime V. Ongpin Journalism Seminar, which aims to stimulate public interest and support for investigative and explanatory journalism through a panel discussion on what went into the research and writing of the chosen articles.

The seminar will be attended by faculty members and students of journalism and mass communication from different universities in Metro Manila.

Both the seminar and the awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 26, 2008 at the Stephen Fuller Hall, 3/F Asian Institute of Management (123 Paseo de Roxas, Legaspi Village, Makati City).

The awards ceremony will follow the Jaime V. Ongpin Journalism Seminar which starts at 9:30 AM. As has been the practice since 1995, selected finalists participate in a panel discussion about their articles and take questions from the audience of mostly journalism faculty and students.

The first JVOAEJ were given in 1990 to honor the late Jaime V.  Ongpin, who was secretary of finance during the Aquino administration. A press freedom advocate, Ongpin was involved in the struggle against the Marcos dictatorship and was instrumental in harnessing public support for the restoration of democracy in the Philippines.


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