Thursday, May 22, 2008

MetroPost sweeps regional finals

From an upcoming article in the Metro Post (not written by me). Already blogged about this earlier; this is the full story.

It’s a first for any newspaper in Dumaguete.

The MetroPost has bested 13 other weekly newspapers in the region to become the lone Visayas finalist in all five categories of the prestigious Annual Community Press Awards of the Philippine Press Institute (PPI).

An independent panel of judges from the University of the Philippines Los Banos headed by Dr. Madeline Suva, chair of the Department of Development Journalism of the College of Development Communication, gave the MetroPost top marks in the categories for Best Edited Paper, Best Editorial Page, Best in Science and Environmental Reporting, Best in Business and Economic Reporting and Best in Photojournalism.

After evaluating all the weekly newspapers in the Visayas, the UPLB professors gave the MetroPost the singular honor of representing the region’s community papers to the Annual Community Press Awards to be held next week at the Diamond Hotel in Manila.

The MetroPost will be pitted against five other weekly community papers from Luzon. A panel reviewing Mindanao weekly newspapers did not name any finalists for this annual contest.

This year’s national board of judges is chaired by Augusto Villanueva, editor-in-chief of the Journal Group of Publications with TV host Manolo Quezon III, Executive Director Dr. Dona Paz Reyes of the Miriam College Environmental Studies Institute, Next Mobile Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mel Velarde and Journalism Prof. Angelica Borican as members.

Ariel Sebellino, PPI officer-in-charge, said the award was launched in 1996 with the aim of raising the standards for responsible journalism in the countryside. It seeks to honor news organizations not only for excellence in reportage and editorial content but also for their roles in their respective communities as development catalysts and chroniclers of events.

The awards program has always been supported by Malaya, Journal Group of Publications, Manila Standard Today, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star and BusinessWorld which provide cash prizes and trophies to winners.

The MetroPost was founded in April 2000 by businessman Manuel “Chiquiting” Sagarbarria, who later handed the paper’s editorial and business operations to Alex and Irma Pal in November 2002.

It currently enjoys a wide following in the ABC crowd, who religiously follow the news stories and columns written by its devoted and passionate columnists who write on various fields of interest.