4 Mindanao papers win 6 of 12 PPI awards

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 May) – Four Mindanao newspapers won six out of 12 journalism awards given by the Philippine Press Institute, including the country’s Best Edited daily and weekly papers.

Edge Davao of Davao City is the best edited daily newspaper and recipient of two other awards while Mindanao Cross of Cotabato City won as best edited weekly newspaper in the 2014 Civic Journalism Awards, an annual competition that aims to recognize outstanding journalism among community newspapers across the country.

Edge Davao was cited for “allowing the readers to arrive with a stand, succeeded in manifesting the conviction of the community members while embodying transparency and excellence in delivering the news to the community.”

The Mindanao Cross was recognized for its “remarkable approach of conveying concerns in a regional perspective while embodying excellence in writing and photojournalism which captures a substantial meaning of the situation of the community

In the weekly category, Baguio Midland Courier won Best in Business and Economic Reporting and Best in Photojournalism while another Baguio-based weekly, the Baguio Chronicle, received the Best Editorial Page award.

BusinessWeek Mindanao won Best in Environmental Reporting while The Bohol Chronicle won for Best in Culture, Arts and History Reporting.

Edge Davao bested other finalists in three categories. Aside from winning the Best Edited Paper, it also won Best in Environmental Reporting, and Best in Culture, Arts and History Reporting.

Another Davao-based daily, Sun.Star Davao, was awarded Best in Business and Economic Reporting while two other Cebu-based dailies, Sun.Star Cebu and Cebu Daily News, won Best Editorial Page and Best in Photojournalism respectively.

“Congratulations to all finalists and winners for living up to journalistic standards,” said PPI chairman-president Atty. Jesus G. Dureza.

According to a press release from the PPI, Dureza, former Press Seretary and now publisher of Mindanao Times in Davao City challenged publishers and editors to make newspapers a catalyst for change. “That is civic journalism. We engage communities. We build better communities.”

Winners received trophies and cash prizes while plaques of Merit were handed out to all 16 finalists from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. (MindaNews)