JOY for Inquirer reporter, 2 others
For the second time this year, Inquirer senior reporter Nancy Calauor-Carvajal, who broke the story on the pork barrel scam allegedly masterminded by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles and which involved several lawmakers, received recognition as an outstanding journalist.
Carvajal, named Journalist of the Year by the Society of Publishers in Asia (Sopa) in June this year after besting other nominees from Time Magazine and the International New York Times, has again been named Journalist of the Year (JOY) by Metrobank Foundation, along with Marites Vitug, editor at large of Rappler, and Howie Severino, news anchor and vice president for professional development of GMA Network Inc.
The search for Journalist of the Year (JOY), held every two years by Metrobank Foundation Inc. (MBFI) and Probe Media Foundation (PMF), “honors Filipino journalists from print, television, radio and online media whose excellent stories have contributed to positive social change and their work influences and develops their audiences toward constructive growth.
“For the nobility of their work, and the hazards they face, journalists receive little recognition for their important contribution as bearers of truth. We uphold the indispensable role of journalists: shaping public opinion through accurate facts and engaging treatment, “said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña.
Considered a career award, the search, with the theme, “Shaping the Nation through Powerful Stories,” had nominees submitting five stories each from their last 10 years as journalists. Their works are then judged by a screening committee based on the following criteria: skills and craftsmanship, relevance of content to the public and contribution to positive social change.
Ten semifinalists were identified and interviewed by members of the preliminary board of judges composed of Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) executive director Melinda Quintos-De Jesus, CMFR trustee Vergel Santos, and Vera Files trustee Luz Rimban.
Six finalists advanced to the final judging to face the board of judges chaired by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, and composed of Commission on Elections Chair Andres Bautista, Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) Chair Patricia Licuanan, Ateneo de Manila University president Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, and Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation president Carmencita Abella.
The Search for JOY follows the same tradition of MBFI in recognizing excellence among outstanding public servants with such awards as the Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT); the Country’s Outstanding Police Officers in Service (COPS); The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS), and the Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE).
The three JOY winners will each receive P300,000 in cash and the Pamukaw medallion designed by Metrobank Foundation Prize for Achievement in Sculpture awardee Jun Vicaldo during the formal awarding ceremony on Oct. 22. They will also be conferred the title “Metrobank Foundation Fellows in Journalism,” which gives them the opportunity to share their expertise and experience in lectures conducted for identified audiences in Metro Manila and other regions of the country.
The JOY award is Carvajal’s latest after receiving similar recognition in the past. She was named Sopa finalist for Best Scoop in 2014 for her story on the Philippine coast guard shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman, and Journalist of the Year in 2014 by the CMFR, for the pork barrel scam exposé.
She and other Inquirer reporters also got second place in the Jaime V. Ongpin journalism awards for the series on the Abadilla 5 in 2003. The same series got her and other Inquirer reporters a Sopa Excellence in Specialized Reporting award in 2003, and the Catholic Mass Media Award (CMMA) for Best Investigative Reporting the same year.
For the series on kidnapping in 2002, Carvajal and other Inquirer reporters received the CMMA award for best investigative report. In 2010, she and other Inquirer reporters got a CMMA Best Coverage nomination for Tropical Storm “Ondoy.” For 2013 and 2014, she was named Reporter of the Year by the group Victims Against Crime and Corruption (VACC).
2013 JOY awardees
For its first edition in 2013, the JOY awardees were Jarius Bondoc of The Philippine Star, Malou Mangahas of Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), and Jiggy Manicad of GMA Network.
Back in 2001, MBFI partnered with the Asian Institute for Journalism and Communication (AIJC) to conduct the Search for Outstanding Journalists (SOJ), with awardees Sheila S. Coronel (print), Jessica A. Soho (broadcast), and the late Armando J. Malay Sr. (Distinguished Leadership in Journalism).
MBFI was established in 1979 by Dr. George S. K. Ty, as the corporate social responsibility arm of the Metrobank Group. The foundation implements various programs in education, visual arts and healthcare, and remains equally responsive to emergency and relief operations in times of natural calamities in the Philippines and in Asia.
PMFI is a nonstock, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of media in the Philippines and in the Asia-Pacific region by training professionals and aspiring media practitioners. It was established in 1999 by its current president, Cheche Lazaro of Probe Productions, Inc. (PPI), a production company known for its crusade against corrupt, irresponsible and sensationalist journalism.
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