SUN.STAR Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita garnered three of four awards in the print category in the 3rd Cebu Media Excellence Awards held last night.
Sun.Star Cebu journalists received the award for the Investigative Story of the Year for Print/Online while Sun.Star Cebu photographer Arni Aclao was named Photojournalist of the Year for his photo of the typhoon Yolanda aftermath in Madridejos town.
Lawyer and radio anchor Ruphil Bañoc won the Columnist of the Year Award for Sun. Star Superbalita column “Silot sa Pagpanapaw.”
Cherry Ann T. Lim, Sun.Star Cebu managing editor for special pages and features, and reporters Rebelander Basilan, Gerome Dalipe and Davinci Maru got the Investigative Story of the Year for Print award for their story “Cordova: Cybersex Capital?”
Basilan, who covers Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City and Cordova for Sun.Star Cebu, says he hopes that by writing about cyber pornography, he and his teammates can help get justice for the victims.
“Cyberporn is a serious issue that the government, the civil society and other sectors need to pay more attention to. Our report aims to enlighten the authorities and the public in general on the issue and get them into action,” the 23-year-old journalist
He dedicates the award to all the victims of cyber pornorgraphy, not only in Cordova, but around the world. “Doing the report is our own little way of helping them get justice. But justice may only truly be served if we’re able to stop this menace,” he said.
Other awardees this year are Cebu Daily News reporter Ador Mayol, who bagged the Reporter of the Year Award for Print for his four-part story on children with special needs.
In the broadcast category, Andrea Pateña of TV 5 won the Reporter of the Year Award for TV for her story “Kuwang sa Pangga.” She also bagged the Investigative Story of the Year Award for TV.
Astra Zina Logarta of Radio DyHP also got the Reporter of the Year Award for Radio for her story on the Alternative Learning System (ALS) for jail inmates.
Ruben Licera of INewmedia.org won the Blogger of the Year and Social Media Advocate of the Year awards.
Now on its third year, Globe Telecom’s Cebu Media Excellence Award recognizes print, broadcast and digital media practitioners who have excelled in their respective fields.
The awarding ceremony was held at the Cebu City Marriott Hotel last night.