Globe Telecom recently announced the commencement of this year’s Globe Media Excellence Awards (GMEA), the premier award-giving body which recognizes excellence in journalism from the best breed of scribes in Visayas and Mindanao.
A highly-anticipated annual engagement in central and southern Philippines since 2012, the GMEA encourages writers to excel in civic, investigative and explanatory journalism, with focus on pressing social concerns such as freedom from ignorance, poverty and corruption. Now on its fourth year, the telco announces a broader coverage of the GMEA which will not only honor the men and women of the “fourth estate” from the cities of Cebu and Davao, but also their professional peers from Iloilo, Bacolod, General Santos, Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro as well.
“Since 2012, the GMEA has been stoking the flames of creativity and passion from our colleagues in the broadcast media and journalism in Cebu and Davao. We are honored that with a bigger GMEA this year, we will be able to continuously provide the impetus to further the craft and art of exemplary writing in Visayas and Mindanao,” said Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto.
Believing that media excellence transcends the daily coverage of developing events, the 2015 GMEA will distinguish journalists based in the seven key cities with submissions for the following categories: Reporter of the Year for Print, Explanatory/Investigative Story of the Year for Print, Explanatory/Investigative Story of the Year for Broadcast, Columnist of the Year, Reporter of the Year for TV, Reporter of the Year for Radio and Blogger of the Year.
As in previous years, the entries should explore and promote advocacies in business and entrepreneurship, information and communications technology, environment and disaster response, governance and social progress and youth and education. The qualifying period will be from May 2014 to May 2015 for Visayas, with a submission deadline of May 29; while for Mindanao, it is June 2014 to June 2015, the last day of submissions being June 30, 2015.
This year’s staging of the GMEA will coincide with the celebrations of the Freedom Week in Cebu on September 20 to 27, as well as the Media Freedom Day in Davao on November 23, in commemoration of the media personalities from those key cities who offered their lives in the line of duty.