ASIA-OCEANIAMindanao Cross brings home 4th editorial award
The Mindanao Cross, one of the oldest running weekly community newspapers in Mindanao and in the country, received another award recently, the 2011 Best in Editorial Page (weekly division), from the Philippine Press Institute during the 2011 Civic Journalism Community Press Awards night on the second day of the PPI 16th National Press Forum held April 23-24 in Manila. It was this paper’s fourth award in that category since 2006.
Published by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate since 1948 for its religious and communicative mission, The Mindanao Cross was first awarded the Best in Editorial Page in 1998 by the PPI, which has now more than 60 publication-members throughout the country, both in the weekly and daily division. Its second was the 1999 Gerry Gil Foundation’s Best Editorial Page and its third in the 2006 Community Press Awards also in the Best Editorial Page category.
It was also awarded the 1998 Best Edited Paper Weekly and sustained its mettle in the succeeding years’ finals.
When the PPI started its awarding system, The Mindanao Cross was cited as Best in Newspaper Design, having received a citation in the Mindanao region and a finalist in the national level. It was also recipient of a certificate and a finalist in the Best in Cultural and Historical News.
In its citation for Best in Editorial Page (Mindanao weekly), the PPI said The Mindanao Cross “has shown its relevance in its strength. It covers issues close to the hearts of its readers and to a large extent close to home. It goes beyond being an information provider as it gives context to these issues. The Mindanao Cross deals with national issues, from the perspective of the local community i.e., how it is important to their readers. It covers big national issues and relates it to the lives of its readers.” (R.M. Tendero, Jr., www.mindanaocross.net)