An article on tourism written by The Manila Times’ Mayvelin Caraballo won the top prize in the 5th National Statistics Month Media Awards given by the National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB).
Caraballo’s story, titled “PH Tourism needs to be more competitive,” was adjudged the best article for the Professional Award for Print/Online category Judges chose the winners based on three criteria: frequency or number of statistical reports written by the reporter (35 percent), quality of the report (35 percent), and effectiveness of the style or its approach on statistics that can be easily understood by the public (30 percent).
“We are delighted and proud of May [Caraballo] for her achievement. The Manila Times strives to offer readers the best, most newsworthy content in every story, every section, every day. The recognition validates our efforts and motivates us to do even better,” The Manila Times Chief Executive and President Dante Ang 2nd said.
“The award recognizes the invaluable role of media practitioners and media organizations in promoting, popularizing, and disseminating statistical information. It is given to practitioners from broadcast, print, and online media organizations,” the NSCB said in a statement.
The NSCB said that the nominees and winners for this year were screened by major statistical agencies that monitor media reports on a daily basis, which include the NSCB, National Statistics Office, Bureau of Employment and Labor Statistics and the Bureau of Agriculture Statistics.
Started in 1989, the NSM aims to promote and instill public awareness and appreciation of the importance of statistics in various facets of life. In 2008, the NSM Media Awards was conceived and has since become one of the highlights of the NSM celebration. This year’s theme is “Statistics that Matter to Every Filipino.”