THE PCIJ blog was declared the best in the Podcast category at the 2008 Digital Filipino Web Awards held last November 5 at the Mall of Asia.

The PCIJ’s three-year-old blog received the recognition from, a community of electronic commerce professionals and enthusiasts.

This is the second time that DigitalFilipino is giving out the awards, which are aimed to advocate the use of the Internet and e-commerce for business development, through the identification, promotion, and highlighting of the best e-commerce practices from various websites in the Philippines.

Having acquired skills to do radio features, the PCIJ editorial staff began uploading podcasts via The PCIJ Channel in late 2005, the same year that the Center launched its blog. At the time, the Center was the only news organization in the Philippines that had podcasting capability. Today, PCIJ podcasts also include excerpts from PCIJ reports, as well as interviews and recordings of events that the PCIJ writers cover.

Among the most downloaded audio materials on the PCIJ blog are the podcast interviews from “Edsa 20/20,” the Center’s multimedia presentation on the 20th anniversary of the First People Power revolt in 2006, and the “Hello, Garci” tapes which the PCIJ first made public in July 2005. The three-hour recordings had a female voice resembling that of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo talking to an election official (Virgilio Garcillano) about the 2004 poll fraud.

Last year, the PCIJ blog also bagged the Best News and Media Blog award at the first Philippine Blog Awards.

DigitalFilipino also awarded winners in 33 other categories chosen by a panel of judges using the following criteria: search engine readiness, content/organization, structure and navigation, design and functionality, technical performance, and interactivity.

Below is the complete list of winners in their respective categories:

3 Responses to PCIJ blog adjudged best in podcasting


Vinia Datinguinoo Mukherjee

November 12th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

Arre, baba. (That, loosely, is Hindi for Ala ey!) Congratulations, PCIJ!


Alecks P. Pabico

November 13th, 2008 at 8:02 am

Thanks, Vinia. Congratulations go to you too. You surely share this honor. :-)


Vinia Datinguinoo Mukherjee

November 13th, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Awww … Thanks Lecks. Eagerly awaiting news from Tokyo. You could ship your pasalubong to Delhi, by the way =)

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