Four weekly and three daily regional publications have made it to the finalists' circle in the 2011 Civic Journalism Community Press Awards.
Weekly publications Mabuhay (Malolos, Bulacan), Baguio Midland Courier (
Baguio City), Edge Davao ( Davao
City) and The Mindanao Cross ( ) figured prominently in the
screenings. Cotabato City
Daily publications Sun.Star Davao (
City), Sun.Star Cebu ( Cebu City)
and Sun.Star Pampanga (City of ) also made it to the initial round of
All seven community newspapers will be vying for excellence in six major categories: best in photojournalism, best in culture and arts reporting, best in science and environmental reporting, best in business and economic reporting, best editorial page, and best edited community newspaper.
The winners will be announced during the awards program on April 24 at Traders Hotel Manila during the 16th National Press Forum and Annual Membership Meeting of the Philippine Press Institute.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales will be the guest of honor and speaker for the 16th awards season. No less than President Benigno S. Aquino III will keynote the opening ceremonies of the conference which has "Media Accountability and Public Engagement" as this year's theme.
The PPI is celebrating its 48th founding year and 25 years since reactivation after the People Power Revolution.
The additional category on culture and arts, which is this year's theme for photos and stories exhibit will be presented by the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA). The winner of the exhibit will receive trophy and cash.
The management of the awards, cash prizes and trophies are being funded by The Coca-Cola Export Corporation (TCCEC) and the six newspaper-members of the Board such as
Philippine Daily Inquirer, BusinessWorld, The Philippine Star, Manila Standard
Today, and the Journal Group. The TCCEC
is the major strategic partner of the PPI for its project on Building Better
Communities Through Civic Journalism since 2002.
The forum and awards are also being supported in part by St. Luke's
which is this year's corporate
partner. Other major sponsors are: Chevron Philippines Inc., Liwayway Marketing
Corporation, Metro Pacific Investment Corporation, First Philippine Holdings
Corporation, Anflo Management Investment Corporation, Petron Philippines,
United Laboratories, Land Bank of the Medical Center Philippines,
Pilipinas Shell, McDonald's ,
and Smart Communications, Inc. Philippines
Part of the donations will go to the training fund of the Institute to support workshops and seminars for its members for continuing media education and professionalization.