JVOAEJ Winners announced

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JVOAEJ Winners announced

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) and VERA Files won the top prizes in the 20th Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism (JVOAEJ) for works published in 2008.

The results of the competition were announced during the annual JVOAEJ ceremonies at the AIM Conference Center Manila on June 25. The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) has been the administrative and technical secretariat of the JVOAEJ since 1990.

The JVOAEJ scanned the print media for investigative and explanatory articles published in 2008, and then focused on the urgent issues of governance and corruption, human rights, and the environment to encourage reporting on these urgent issues. This year a fourth theme was added: the financial and economic crisis.

“Aid inflow sparks scandals for GMA, debt woes for RP” by Roel Landingin of the PCIJ (published in BusinessWorld and The Philippine Star on February 11-13, 2008 and in Malaya on February 11-14, 2008) and the VERA Files article “Quedancor swine program another fertilizer scam” by Diosa Labiste, Luz Rimban and Yvonne Chua (published in the BusinessMirror on September 2 and 4, 2008, Malaya and The Manila Times on September 1-3, 2008 and Philippines Graphic on September 15, 22 and 29, 2008) were judged the best reports of 2008. Each received a plaque of distinction and a cash prize of P70,000. Roel Landingin was also a top prize winner in last year’s JVOAEJ and was the winner of the Australian Ambassador’s Award.

The following articles each won a plaque of merit and a cash prize of P25,000:

A POLICY OF BETRAYAL
By Miriam Grace Go
abs-cbnNEWS. com/Newsbreak
Published in The Philippine Star on March 15-17, 2008

SQUATTERS AND THE CITY
By Cherry Ann T. Lim and Rene H. Martel
Editor:  Cherry Ann T. Lim
Sun.Star Cebu
August 11-14, 2008

LESS THAN 10 PEOPLE IN PLOT; 5 CORE, 5 OTHERS ‘IN THE KNOW’
By Fe Zamora
Philippine Daily Inquirer
August 21-27, 2008
The Embassy of Canada announced that the Marshall McLuhan Prize, a travel study tour of Canada, will go to Diosa Labiste. This is the 13th year that the Embassy of Canada has awarded the Marshall McLuhan Prize in the JVOAEJ.

The first JVOAEJ was launched in 1990 to honor the late Jaime V.  Ongpin who was secretary of finance during the Aquino administration. A press freedom advocate, Ongpin was involved in the struggle against the Marcos dictatorship and was instrumental in harnessing public support for the restoration of democracy.

The JVOAEJ this year was sponsored by the Open Society Foundation Media Program and Ateneo de Manila University.

The finalists in this year’s JVOAEJ awards were:

‘POLITICAL KILLINGS NOT OFFICIAL BUT AN UNINTENDED POLICY’
By Nikko Dizon, Jocelyn R. Uy and Leila B. Salaverria
Editor: Fernando del Mundo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
May 9-12, 2008

US SUBPRIME CRISIS:  WHY WE SHOULD WORRY
By Des Ferriols
The Philippine Star
October 11-14, 2008
THE MANY FACES OF BRIBERY
By Aries Rufo
abs-cbnNEWS. com/Newsbreak
Published in The Philippine Star on September 11-13, 2008

All the finalists received a plaque and a cash prize of P10,000.

This year, the JVOAEJ also gave out two plaques of special mention to the Philippine Daily Inquirer for “The NBN-ZTE controversy report” published on January 30-31, February 8 and 11, May 14 and November 23, 2008 and Newsbreak for “The big dig” published July/September 2008.

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