GMA News Online wins award and deserves it

GMA NEWS ONLINE recently bagged the “Special Citation for New Media Approaches” in the Rotary Club of Manila Journalism Awards.

It was bound to happen.

GMA News Online is certainly imperfect in different ways (as this blog, for example, pointed out several times). But one has to commend how it is making information more accessible and interesting to satisfy the increasingly tech-savvy, and info-hungry Filipino.

At the top of my mind is how the site used Google applications to aid the search and rescue operations in the aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy in 2009. Arguably one of the finest projects of online public service in the country.

Another is how the site keeps its “face” easy to the eyes. Ample white space and gray gradients are such subtle eyecandies. Overall, the homepage is easy to navigate.

And don’t forget hailing Manix Abrera’s comic strip on the tragedy and comedy that is the life of a reporter.

And the site’s commenting system is friendly, unlike that of ABS-CBN.

To the staff of GMA News Online: keep up the good work, and get rid of the bad ones! đŸ™‚