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1st Chit Estella Journalism Awards 2012

The winners of the 1st Chit Estella Journalism Awards will be announced on 7 December at the UP College of Mass Communications Auditorium.

The award honors the best journalistic report on human rights in print and online, published between October 1, 2011 and October 1, 2012.

Each awardee will be given a cash prize of P10,000 and a trophy.

In celebration of the forthcoming International Human Rights Day, the event also starts off the 1st Chit Estella Memorial Lecture to be delivered by Satur Ocampo. A veteran journalist, former political prisoner, former Bayan Muna party list president and representative in Congress, and now columnist of the Philippine Star, Ocampo will talk about the human rights situation in the country.

The Chit Estella Journalism Awards and Memorial Lectures are intended to keep alive Simbulan’s ideals of excellent and principled journalism. At the time of her death last year, Simbulan, who was known by her byline “Chit Estella,” was a journalism professor of the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

This year’s finalists for online media are:

Three months after Sendong, Iligan residents still far from rebuilding their lives by Ina Alleco Silverio

Jonas Burgos, gentle and brave by Ronalyn Olea

Privatization of government hospitals, further marginalizing the poor in the name of profit by Anne Marxze Umil

K + 12, worsening shortages to greet school opening by Anne Marxze Umil

In Makati, the poor of Guatemala street know nothing about the city’s wealth by Ina Alleco Silverio

Finalists from print are:

Kin of ‘desaparecidos’ keep up fight by Tonette Orejas

In Sulu, human rights work starts with letting the people know by Julie Alipala
356 political prisoners go on hunger strike by Elizabeth Lolarga

The winners will be chosen by a board of judges composed of five representatives from the Estella/Simbulan family, VERA Files, the UP College of Mass Communications and Karapatan.  (College of Mass Communication)