SUN.STAR Davao editor-in-chief Stella A. Estremera and columnist Henrylito Tacio were named winners in two of four award categories for the print media of the 2nd Globe Davao Media Excellence Awards (DMEA) held at Marco Polo Hotel Davao on Thursday, November 21.
Estremera bagged the “Feature Story of the Year for Print” award for her story “Watersheds, our treasures,” a story on the study conducted by the Philippine Eagle Foundation as commissioned by the Interface Development Interventions Inc. regarding the biodiversity found in the Talomo-Lipadas and Panigan-Tamugan watersheds.
The story was printed and published online on February 10 this year.
Tacio, on the other hand, won as the “Reporter of the Year” for “A season of floods,” published and printed online on September 1, 2013.
The story was all about the precautions and advisories of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on weather disturbances that may cause flood, as well as what to do before, during and after a typhoon strikes.
Renato Bartolo of Mindanao Times took the “Columnist of the Year” for “Peace is Smiling Child” while Times photographer Bing Gonzales won “Photojournalist of the Year” for the photo captioned “Picking up the pieces.”
ABS-CBN Davao’s Vina Araneta won as the “Reporter of the Year for Television” for her “Menor trabahador,” while the “Shabu mo diha” entry of John Paul Seniel, GMA Davao, bagged the “Feature Story of the Year for Broadcast.”
Allen Doydora of DYRD/Sonshine Radio was named as the “Reporter of the Year for Radio” for his piece “Media, dakong tabang sa Pag-asa.”
Meanwhile, Olan Emboscado, who authors the www.thetravelteller.com, was awarded as the “Social Media Advocate of the Year” and the “Blogger of the Year” for his blog “Cateel, Cateelenos and Typhoon Pablo: Tales of Survival, Resilience, Hope, and Compassion.”
The judges’ decisions for print and broadcast categories was based on the following criteria: Content (50 percent) -- Adherence to truth and responsible journalism as manifested in the accuracy, fair, and balanced presentation, and depth of reporting; Style (25 percent) -- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively as shown by the writing style, clarity, logical presentation of issues, coherence, and fluidity of ideas; Social Impact (25 percent) -- Involves the impact of the articles on effecting change.
For bloggers, the criteria are:
Consistency of content on the advocacy (50 percent)
Reader friendly presentation and design of content (20 percent)
Social Impact (30 percent).
For social media advocates:
Content (50 percent) Consistency of content on the advocacy (50 percent)
Reader Engagement (20 percent) Number of Comments to the post
Social Impact (30 percent) Retweets, Shares, Favorited, Likes Prizes and Awards. (ANC)