Globe Media Excellence Awards updates 2016
As the Globe Media Excellence Awards (GMEA) begins its call for submission of entries for 2016, last year’s GMEA Visayas awardees hope to inspire new writing that matter to readers while upholding the practice of journalistic excellence.
GMEA 2015 winners Sun.Star managing editor for special pages and features Cherry Ann Lim, former Sun.Star writer Liberty Pinili, Cebu Daily News (CDN) reporter Ador Mayol, and columnist Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos encouraged young writers to continue to be passionate about writing.
They also encouraged journalists to take part in competitions like GMEA as a way of honing one’s skills and challenging oneself to do better. GMEA was organized by Globe Telecom in 2012 to recognize excellent journalists and citizen media in the Visayas and Mindanao.
Cherry Ann Lim and Liberty Pinili won the Explanatory/Investigative Story of the Year for Print for their co-written piece on the dire state of the Visayan Sea’s fisheries and the effect of over-exploitation on the fisher folk who are dependent on that once-rich fishing ground.
“I am in my element when writing about the environment and science, so working on the entry that got me the GMEA was an inspired moment,” said Pinili. Lim, likewise, emphasized the importance of both accuracy and balance in doing successful write-ups.
GMEA Reporter of the Year for Print CDN reporter Ador Mayol said his time in the court beat has made him familiar with the hardships confronting inmates in jail, prodding him to write his winning piece about their plight.
“I really want to give voice to people who have no voice in society. I aim to give these people a voice, to give them hope. Winning the award is not about me. It is about the story; it is about the people I write about,” said Mayol.
Atty. Ramos became GMEA 2015 Columnist of the Year for an opinion piece on the damage wrought on the ecosystem and destruction of marine resources by the throwing of garbage and hazardous wastes in waterways that end up in the oceans.
“The column is meant to challenge citizens and leaders alike to take the much-needed action to protect our fragile eco stems and the species that rely on them thriving and healthy, which very well include us, humans,” said Atty. Ramos.
GMEA 2016 organizers say those interested can still submit entries up to April 29 for Visayas and up to May 31 for Mindanao. They look forward to getting more quality entries with social impact for this year’s contest. Inquiries can be made via [email protected] or 0927 306 5248.