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Pope John Paul II book

Sun.Star Cebu yesterday received its copy of Pope John Paul II, a compilation of newspaper front pages on the death of the first truly global pontiff. The book prints front pages of newspaper around the world selected by the Poynter Institute.

Here’s the book cover
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and here’s the page where Sun.Star Cebu’s front page is printed
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PCIJ shines through blog

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) is an institution in Philippine media. PCIJ writers have written some of the best investigative reports on social issues and governance in the country. Check out these stories: link 1, link 2 and link 3.

PCIJ has also been responsible for the training of scores of journalists, many of them from community publications. As far as I can recall (my memory is failing me) the first training on journalism I attended was done by PCIJ, with Howie Severino as lecturer.

Before starting their blog, PCIJ was largely left out of the day to day coverage of news events. You’d expect PCIJ’s take on a news event weeks after the story breaks and it would come in a multi-page and multi-part article that would thoroughly dissect the issue.

With its blog, however, PCIJ editors and writers have been able to write on breaking stories. I used to visit the PCIJ twice or thrice a week. This week, I visited it daily. The blog is an excellent source for updates, insights and background information on the latest scandal in government: the alleged wire-tapped conversation between President Arroyo and Comelec Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano.

You can download MP3 files of the alleged wire-tapped conversation at the PCIJ blog.

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PinoyPress revamps site

PinoyPress, a great resource for Filipino journalists, has revamped its site. It is now using WordPress. Pinoy Press, which started as an e-mail discussion group, is run by National Union of Journalists of the Philippines secretary-general Carlos Conde.

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“The page one pope”

Sun.Star Cebu‘s page one story on the death of Pope John Paul II is included in a book reprinting the front pages of newspapers from around the world. The collection, according to Amazon‘s book description edited by Poynter, “includes 144 reproductions of front pages from newspapers in the United States plus major newspapers from around the world…presented without comment as each newspaper remembers the pope in its own way.”

Poynter has an online gallery of some of the pages included in the collection. Check out Roy Peter Clark’s The Page One Pope: A Legacy of Questions.
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Sun.Star Davao wins 4 Community Press Awards

Sun.Star Davao and Sun.Star Davao Weekend dominated this year’s Philippine Press Institute (PPI)-Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Annual Community Press Awards.

Here are excerpts of the Sun.Star Cebu story on the awards.

In the daily category, Sun.Star Davao was adjudged Best Edited Paper, Best in Business & Economic Reporting, and Best in Photojournalism.

In the weekly category, Sun.Star Davao Weekend (Sun.Star Davao’s Sunday edition) was picked Best in Photojournalism.

Both Sun.Star Davao and Sun.Star Davao Weekend are members of the country’s only network of community papers, the Sun.Star Publications Network (SSPN), to which Sun.Star Cebu also belongs.

Sun.Star Cebu and The Freeman are no longer eligible for the awards.

Sun.Star Cebu and The Freeman have been ineligible for the awards since 1999. The two Cebu papers were installed in the Hall of Fame in 2000. Sun.Star Cebu won eight major PPI awards, including Best Edited Daily for three consecutive years (1996, 1997, and 1998), a record still not duplicated in PPI history.