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The Gawad Jose L. Guerrero (DOST Media Award) is an annual event organized by the information arm of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – the Science and Technology Information Institute (STII) to recognize outstanding Filipino science communicators for their concern and involvement in the promotion of science and technology information either as an individual or as an institution; whether public or private sector.

The DOST Media Award is named in honor of Dr. Jose L. Guerrero, first Director of the DOST-STII, who served from 1990 to 2004. He exemplified a genuine desire to promote S&T information through various means. As a science communicator himself, Dr. Guerrero has actively spearheaded advocacies and projects that helped science and technology reach a wider audience particularly the masses and the grassroots through vigorous information and communication campaigns.

Inspired by the example of Dr. Guerrero as a science communicator, the Gawad Jose L. Guerrero aims to encourage science communicators and their institutions to contribute significantly to the growth of a culture science in the Philippines using the power of S&T information.

The award is given in recognition of the important role of media practitioners (print, radio, television, and cyber), government and private, in the promotion of science and technology information in the country through outstanding science reporting and coverage.

Categories

1.Institutional Award

2.Professional Award (Media Practitioners in Print, Broadcast, and Cyber)

3.Outstanding Information Officer Award

 

Criteria for Evaluation

The DOST Media Awardee shall be chosen by the Board of Judges composed of experts from the government, private, and academic institutions. No DOST personnel sits in the Board. The Board of Judges shall formulate its own guidelines for selection based on the following criteria:

 

1.Institutional Award

The Award shall be based on the following:

-Continuous support or commitment to science and technology concerns

-Regularity of promotion and/or dissemination of S&T information

 

2.Professional Award (Individual)

The award shall be based on the following:

-Message (substance) developed specifically the significance and relevance to the needs of the audience/s

-Style/approach/format of the materials (in popular form)

 

3.Outstanding Information Officer Award

The Award shall be based on the following:

-Frequency/Regularity and variety of materials prepared/disseminated (last five years)

-Message developed

-Variety of media (channels) used

-Quality of materials

-Creativity

 

General Guidelines

Nominees shall be Filipinos/Filipino-owned media companies who/which have aired/published S&T information from December 2010 to November 2011.

Materials published/aired shall be considered based on quality, substance, and motivational appeal/impact on readers/listeners/viewers.

The contest is open to all national and regional media including employees of the DOST system.

Candidates may either apply or be nominated

Applications/Nominations together with all requirements shall be submitted to on or before 10 December 2011:

 

The Chairperson

NSTW Publicity and Promotions Committee

STII, DOST, Bicutan, Taguig, Metro Manila

 

1.Comprehensive Bio-data

2.Copies of published write-ups and articles or programs on S&T; Entries should be submitted in seven (7) copies

-Decisions of the Board of Judges shall be final and non-appealable

 

Contestants or their representatives shall agree to the immunity of the members of the Board of Judges, DOST and their employees from any legal suit that may arise from or relative to the conduct, results, etc. of the contest.

 

The Prize

A cash award of P30,000.00 and a plaque of recognition shall be given to the winner/s of the professional category.

A cash award of P10,000.00 and a plaque of recognition shall be given to the winning institution/s.

 

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