Best Reporter, Explanatory Story in 2015
“Work with your heart I guess. Never treat the job as a money-making venture coz there really is no money in here. Just enjoy the perks and privileges of being a journalist and do not abuse. Also, make sure whatever stories you do, you abide by the ethical standards and always be guided by truth” said last year’s Globe Media Excellence Awards (GMEA) Reporter and Explanatory Story of the Year for TV, Ben Jason Tesiorna, on his advice for those who want to make into broadcast media.
It was way back in 1992 when Tesiorna started working for ABS-CBN Davao as reporter. He just graduated from San Pedro College with a degree in BS Biology and from there, his career in journalism started. When it comes to writing, he says that boredom inspires him. “I work when I’m bored . . . I really don’t choose my stories, whatever comes my way, I just do it”, he added.
Tesiorna had two winning entries at last year’s GMEA- one was about the Davao water wherein he discussed about the good quality of water in Davao and also touched on the dangers it’s facing and how the authorities are addressing the challenges; and the second was about the HIV positive fitness instructor which was to make people aware of the dangers of HIV but at the same time be compassionate towards those people living with the disease.
Since year one of GMEA, Tesiorna has been a recurrent participant. Also, he said that “just like any other awards from well-meaning organizations, I think that GMEA is successful in promoting excellence in journalism and social good. The annual award has become highly-anticipated by media practitioners to the point that they plan ahead of the possible stories they make to become entries for the competition.”