Nationwide Search Is On for 2015 Metrobank Foundation Journalists of the Year

2015 Metrobank Foundation Search for Journalists of the Year (JOY) begins. The Metrobank Foundation (MBFI) and the Probe Media Foundation (PMFI) signed a Memorandum of Agreement last February 6, 2015 for the conduct of the 2015 Metrobank Foundation Search for Journalists of the Year (JOY). The ceremonial signing was led by MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña (4th from left) and PMFI president Cheche Lazaro (3rd from left). They were joined by (from left): PMFI executive director Yasmin Mapua-Tang and trustee Twink Macaraig; MBFI executive vice president Elvira Ong-Chan, executive director Nicanor Torres, Jr., and assistant executive director Irene Labitad.

The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) and the Probe Media Foundation Inc. (PMFI) announce the opening of nominations for the 2015 Metrobank Foundation Search for Journalists of the Year (JOY). Journalists qualified for this search must be Filipino citizens currently residing in the Philippines. They must have been working in the media industry for at least ten (10) years covering the period from January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2014. They must be practicing any medium of journalism (print, radio, television or online) in the country on a regular basis and as a primary source of income.

The JOY Search is an open-nomination process. Nominators must be of legal age and should not be related to the nominee by blood. Nominating individuals and organizations should secure the signature of the nominated journalist. Self-nominations are also allowed among interested journalists with endorsement by his/her immediate supervisor.

Nominees/nominators shall also submit five (5) of his/her best stories for review and evaluation of the Screening Committee. The stories for review must have been published or broadcast within the period of January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2014 by a bona fide media organization or news outlet. Two (2) of the five (5) works must have been done within the last two years. It can be of any medium, format, length, language and theme.

The deadline for submission of nominations forms and materials is on April 30, 2015.

The Search will recognize three (3) journalists as paragons of their profession and the media industry. Each of them will receive a 300 thousand peso cash prize and a specially designed medallion. The awardees will also become part of the Metrobank Foundation Fellowship in Journalism and will be conferred the title “Metrobank Foundation Fellows in Journalism”, where they will share their expertise and experience through professional lectures for students, academic professionals, and media practitioners, in different parts of the country. The program will highlight the journalists’ contributions to both the industry and to society, and give the public a chance to learn from these noteworthy individuals.

Now on its 2nd year, the JOY Search recognizes excellence in Philippine journalism. It celebrates and honors Filipino journalists from print, television, radio and online media whose excellent stories have contributed to the development of the nation, and have influenced and inspired their colleagues and the broader media industry over the years. The first journalists recognized by MBFI in 2001, and then known as the Search for Outstanding Journalists (SOJ), were Sheila Coronel, Jessica Soho, and the late Armando Malay. In 2013, it was re-launched to become the Search for JOY with Malou Mangahas, Jarius Bondoc, and Jiggy Manicad as the awardees.

For further information, please contact the Probe Media Foundation, Inc. (PMF) at tel. no. (02)433-0456 or e-mail: or visit the following links to access downloadable forms:, or

You may also download the following here: 2015 Search for JOY Poster, 2015 Search for JOY Guidelines, 2015 Search for JOY online Nomination Form, 2015 Search for JOY Brochure