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DYMT anchorwoman's radio news feature wins first prize

BANGA, Aklan (20 September) -- The ASU DYMT Anchorwoman, Ms. Salvacion Villasis together with Ms. Patty Tolentino of DZRH Manila bagged the first prize in the 2007 Radio News Feature Award given by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP), Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) and the Free Voice of the Netherlands.

Ms. Villasis co-produced the Radio News Feature entitled "Cebu Guitars" with Ms. Tolentino during the Radio News Feature Seminar Workshop held last September 25-30, 2006 in Cebu City. They received a cash prize of P25, 000.00 and award certificate given during the KBP General Membership Meeting held last August 16, 2007 at the Dusit Hotel Makati City.

The cash prize is a part of a grant from Free Voice of the Netherlands. The award was given to encourage radio broadcasters to take a more conscious effort to help radio audience better understand what is happening in the community through feature stories that are informative and interesting.

In an interview with Ms. Villasis, she said that they were not aware that the news features they have produced during the seminar were being entered into a competition. She also said that for her, the experience itself was a great reward. According to Ms. Villasis, the five-minute radio news feature took them almost one week to finish. "The experience was both tiring and exhilarating. The mere fact that we have to go around an unfamiliar place to gather information, wait for perfect timing to record the necessary sound effects, and to set up informal interviews with guitar vendors were a challenge in itself," Ms. Villasis candidly added. She also said that she was personally touched by their interviews with guitar vendors. She vividly described the fading glory of the guitar industry and its adverse effects to the vendors.

The recent award Ms. Villasis received brought pride to ASU DYMT and to all Akeanons as well, proving once more that Akeanons can compete and win in National competitions. (ASU-PME) [top]

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