Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom is set to honor nine outstanding Cebu media and bloggers at the 3rd Cebu Media Excellence Awards slated on September 25, 2014 at the Cebu Marriott Hotel.

CMEA, which coincides with the Cebu Press Freedom Week celebration, gives recognition to media professionals and digital media practitioners who do not only excel in their respective fields but also promote social advocacies. It aims to encourage exceptional performance in civic, investigative and explanatory journalism.

Globe has been a staunch supporter of the Cebu Press Freedom Week for over a decade now. The company is fully aware of the importance of continued pursuit of media excellence if the country is to jump forward in terms of social and economic development within an atmosphere of freedom. That is how CMEA came into fruition,” said Yoly Crisanto, Senior Vice President, Globe Corporate Communications.

She added: “We are proud that for this year, there was a giant leap in the number of entries to CMEA, showing dedication and skilled journalistic craft of the Cebu media as they fulfill their role in empowering the public with unbiased and incisive reportage.” CMEA received 533 entries this year as compared to 114 in 2013.

Aside from holding the awards ceremonies, Globe also provides support to CPFW magazine Cebu Journalism and Journalists (CJJ) and the Cebu Federation of Beat Journalists (CFBJ) which conducts its general assembly on the same week.

Teresa Chan, President of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry leads a distinguish panel of judges in the selection of winning entries which touch on Business and Entrepreneurship, Information and Communications Technology, Environment and Disaster Response, Governance and Social Progress, and/or Youth and Education.

Chan is joined by Ahmed Cuizon, Regional Director, LTFRB 7; Teresa Fernandez, Executive Director, Lihok Filipina Foundation; Angel Guerrero, Editor-In-Chief, Adobo Magazine; Angel Antonio, President and General Manager, Aspac Advertising Incorporated; and Andrei Tani, Executive Director, Virus Digital.

Categories in the competition include Explanatory/Investigative Story of the Year for Print, Explanatory/Investigative Story of the Year for Broadcast, Reporter of the Year for Print, Reporter of the Year for TV, Reporter of the Year for Radio, Columnist of the Year, Photojournalist of the Year, Social Media Advocate of the Year, and Blogger of the Year.

Entries shall explore and promote the following advocacies: business and entrepreneurship, information and communications technology, environment and disaster response, governance and social progress and youth and education.

The screening committee for the entries is composed of faculty members of notable universities in Cebu such as Joylynn Emily T. Paz, Department Chair, Languages, Literature and Communication Department, Cebu Institute of Technology – University; Mia Embalzado – Mateo, Program Head of Communication, Saint Theresa’s College of Cebu City; Atty. Ian Vincent Manticajon, Professor, Mass Communication Program, Humanities Division, University of the Philippines Cebu; Dr. Percia Leyte, Professor, Department of Communication Languages and Literature, Department of Communication Languages and Literature, University of San Jose – Recollectos; and Dr. Ulysses Aparece, Head, AB Literal Arts Department, University of Cebu.

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