A TOTAL of 58 entries were shortlisted for various categories of the Globe Media Excellence Awards (GMEA), the most anticipated premier award-giving body that gives recognition to excellence in journalism in Mindanao.

The premier award-giving body which recognizes excellence in journalism from the best breed of scribes in Visayas and Mindanao, the awards gives recognition to print, broadcast, and digital media practitioners who have excelled in their respective fields. Awards night for the GMEA Mindanao leg will be held on November 17.

“The number of entries that we received this year is a testament to the commitment of media practitioners to provide exemplary reporting in their respective fields given the vital role of the press in effecting positive societal transformation and nation building,” Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto said.

Entries were from various media organizations in Zamboanga, General Santos, Cagayan de Oro and Davao. The finalists will vie for nine award categories namely: Reporter of the Year for Print, Explanatory/Investigative Story of the Year for Print/Online, Columnist of the Year, Photojournalist of the Year, Reporter of the Year for Television, Explanatory/Investigative Story of the Year for Television, Reporter of the Year for Radio, Blogger of the Year, and Social Media Advocate of the Year. There were a total of 352 entries this year compared with 259 last year.

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro is nominated for the “Reporter of the Year” with Grace Albasin’s story on “State of Calamity in MisOr” and Gil Emmanuel “Butch” Enerio for his story on “Stakeholders to toughen development Plan” together with 12 other reporters from the cities of Zamboanga, General Santos and Davao.

While two of Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro’s columnist are also nominated for the Columnist of the Year: Arnold Alamon for his piece on “From climate change to climate justice” and Sorhaila Latip-Yusoph’s “Teaching beyond the blackboard.”

For Photojournalist of the year, JB R. Deveza is nominated for his photo on “First day of school.”

The judges' decisions for print and broadcast categories shall be based on the following criteria:

• Content (50%) Adherence to truth and responsible journalism as manifested in the accuracy, fair, and balanced presentation, and depth of reporting.

• Style (25%) or the 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%) involves the impact of the articles on effecting change. For bloggers, the criteria are:

• Consistency of content on the advocacy (50%)

• Reader friendly presentation and design of content (20%) • Social Impact (30%). For social media advocates:

• Content (50%) Consistency of content on the advocacy (50 percent)

• Reader Engagement (20%) Number of Comments to the post

• Social Impact (30%) Retweets, Shares, Favorites, Likes.

As in previous years, the entries explore and promote advocacies in business and entrepreneurship, information and communications technology, environment and disaster response, governance and social progress and youth and education.