Sinimulan na ng University of the Philippines-Visayas ang pagtanggap para sa nominasyon sa BANTALA: UPV Media Excellence Awards simula noong ika-28 ng Oktubre, 2021.
Inilunsad ang BANTALA UPVMEA nitong ika-25 ng Marso, 2021 para kilalanin ang husay at responsableng kontribusyon ng mga media practitioners at journalists sa Western Visayas.
Ayon kay Dr. Zoilo Andrada Jr., Project Development Assistant for Mass Media and Communication of the Office of the Chancellor ng UP-Visayas, ang BANTALA ay isang salitang Hiligaynon na ang ibig sabihin ay to notify o to announce na anya ay pinakamagandang salita para ilarawan ang nasabing award giving body ng unibersidad.
“The idea of having this award giving body for UP-Visayas started with a very simple talk with the Chancellor Clement Camposano, as we discuss matter about media, we mention about the performance of our local journalist and then jokingly suggest why not give an award to local journalists and media practitioners and then that started everything,” kwento ni Dr. Andrada.
Binuo ang BANTALA para malaman ang kasalukuyang papel ng media lalo na kung ano ang kayang gawin ng local media para lumikha ng malaking ambag sa lipunan bilang mga media influencers.
Pamantayan at kategorya
Paliwanag ni Dr. Andrada, apat na pamantayan ang kanilang titignan sa isang istorya at practitioners para makapag-uwi ng parangal sa dalawang kategorya– ang Traditional Media (television, radio at print) at Digital Media (Social Media, blog at website).
Sa bawat subcategory ay magkakaroon ng dalawang awards—ang Story of the Year at ang In-Depth Report of the Year.
“Actually we are looking, we are in search for excellent media stories and practitioners wherein they carrying the stories, the content that are relevantly addressing national challenges thru regional coverage, meaning there’s really a touch of Region 6 in terms of data gathering, writing and reporting,” dagdag paliwanag ni Andrada.
Masusing titingnan naman ng unibersidad sa mga magiging nominado ang apat na pamantayan– Una ang deepening participatory democracy; protecting human rights; addressing various forms of social and cultural marginalization at ang pinakamahalagang issue ayon kay Andrada ang Fight against disinformation.
“All of these challenges should reflect in the stories that will be submitted for BANTALA,” paglilinaw ni Andrada.
NOMINASYON AT PAGPILI
Ang mga nominees ay dapat active media practitioners na nakabase sa Western Visayas na kasalukuyang nagtatrabaho sa isang kilalang media agency o “self publishing practitioner” sa loob ng hindi bababa sa tatlong taon na may page o blog na may followers na 500 katao.
“Somebody can nominate Journalist he knows, or Journalist himself can nominate himself, pwede siya mag-nominate ng self niya if he believes that he also qualifies,” ani pa Andrada.
Sa pagsala naman ng mga nominasyon, magkakaroon ng screening committees sa bawat probinsya ng Western Visayas (Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo at Negros Occidental) na siyang titingin sa mga entries sa kanilang lugar para sa final judging.
Binubuo sila ng mga professionals at professors na may background sa mass communication, journalism, democracy at disinformation.
“In every province kasi there will be screeners, the screeners are going to select Top 3, so there will be three screeners for every province,” paliwanag ni Dr. Andrada
Magsisimula naman ang pagsala at pagpili ng mga entries sa Enero hanggang Pebrero 2022.
Magtatapos naman ang submission of entries sa ika-15 ng Disyembre, 2021 at sila ay pararangalan sa Marso 2022. DZUP
The Department of Broadcast Communication of the UP College of Mass Communication will be celebrating 100 years of broadcasting in the Philippines in 2022.
UP Department of Broadcast Communication chair Dr. Daphne-Tatiana Canlas says that the centennial anniversary is an opportune time to reflect and revisit the rich history of broadcasting and its role in Philippine society.
“We want our students’ voices to be heard at this transformative time in history. Our students are experiencing and will likely be the first generation of graduates who will carry the lessons and insights of this unique moment in media history,” she says.
On Sept. 8, the department began its call for papers for the “Virtual Conference Celebrating 100 Years of Broadcasting in the Philippines, 1922-2022,” an academic conference to be hosted by the department together with the Philippine Studies Association, Inc. in October next year.
The conference is the highlight of a series of events to be launched by the department starting in June 2022, marking a century since the advent of Philippine radio in the 1920s.
It will be the first of its kind to be spearheaded by the department. Papers exploring issues in advertising, broadcast regulations and broadcast journalism, among others, are highly encouraged.
The organizers envision a three-day conference composed of various panel discussions, as well as a roster of keynote speakers and presentations. While specifics of the conference have yet to be finalized, the department is currently accepting research proposals from both local and foreign media scholars.
Submission of abstracts is open until November 20, 2021.
“Fertile ground for new research”
Broadcasting professor and conference organizer Dr. Elizabeth Enriquez emphasized the importance of examining the crucial role of broadcast media in the development of society.
“Is it just a job? Is it just an industry? No, it is part of our culture,” Enriquez asserted.
The conference aims to encourage students and faculty members to engage in increasing the amount and level of research to produce new knowledge about broadcasting.
“The new environment we’re in is a fertile ground for new research. We are hoping that we can take a serious look at the issues that confront the broadcast industry today and look for solutions to what we see as problems,” she added.
For an industry that has focused on professional development in its early years, Enriquez admits that research in broadcast media is relatively young. However, she says that it is growing rapidly thanks to an “explosion of research” in the field.
“Broadcast and other media platforms permeate our lives today,” she said. “Today we don’t even unplug anymore […] We’re constantly there so this is an important area to study.”
Likewise, Canlas underscored the importance of initiating discourse on the “quotidianness” of broadcast media.
“What we hope to achieve is a vibrant conversation among our colleagues, students and the general public about media in the Philippines, its role in our history and lives and develop an awareness of its importance,” she said.
Enriquez added that they are hoping to see papers from outside the country as there is currently a lot of interest in what’s going on in Philippine media.
A released teaser for the conference suggested possible topics for presentations. This included broadcasting in the time of Duterte, broadcasting and martial law, as well as Filipino audience studies.
Furthermore, the various challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, revolutions happening across the globe and a widening divide in media access make it difficult to ignore the urgency of producing new knowledge in media and broadcasting.
“Minsan nakatutok lang tayo sa mga karanasan natin sa siyudad, masyado tayong pribelihiyado,” Enriquez stated. “Kailangan pa rin nating maintindihan ‘yung mga mas malalalim na issues.”
Canlas acknowledges the numerous challenges that come with organizing a highly anticipated event amid a pandemic. Among the department’s primary concerns are planning, managing and conducting these activities remotely.
“It will be our first time to plan such an event, but we are up for the challenge,” she said. “This event only comes once in a lifetime. You’re only 100 once, ika nga.”
Enriquez said that obtaining funding and resources were among the most obvious hurdles at this point. However, both Canlas and Enriquez were confident that with proper planning and support, the department’s visions would eventually come into fruition.
According to Canlas, the department is currently turning to partner offices in UP Diliman for additional support. Additionally, she is also enjoining students to be part of the department’s initiatives.
“To be one of those directly involved in this celebration is a rare opportunity and we hope it will be one that our students will embrace,” she says.
Marking a century
Being among the oldest broadcast industries in the world, the significance of celebrating the centenary of Philippine broadcasting cannot be understated.
For Enriquez, the number could be nothing more than an arbitrary marker since changes in the field happen all the time. However, she pointed out that marking the century could also be an opportunity to reflect on broadcasting’s role in Philippine history.
“Maybe the 100 is a reminder that we have gone this far,” she says. “Sa tinagal ng isang daang taon, ano na ang narating natin?”
Similarly, Canlas believes that to celebrate the centennial milestone is to celebrate the history of the nation and its people— for this to come amid a pandemic makes it even more remarkable.
“It is a critical moment to look at what we have become and what we are becoming,” she said. “Where might we be in the next 100 years, and will our descendants look favorably on us? It’s an intriguing question. What answer might we give them?” DZUP
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