Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Thank you, guys



So, just after three hours since I turned off my office computer in Makati, I'm back in front of the computer again -- this time here in our house, while I am wondering where to start in my work -- whether to monitor the news programs I am assigned to cover for the June and July issue of the PJR Reports, or watch first the May 14 elections coverage of selected programs. Since I am leaving for Dagupan Friday afternoon to attend the (very early) Saturday wedding of my thesis partner in college, I have no choice but to stay awake until then. Never mind If I look like a zombie on the wedding day. Aaargh.

But I just want to say that without the help of our interns this summer -- about 20 in all -- many of the activities of the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) would not have been finished. Or if they were, they won't be finished in record time, which the interns have done. So, thank you guys. I know how you guys have worked hard and I know how the staff, particularly yours truly, have made your lives these summer feel like hell. But as I've said repeatedly, that internship at CMFR is not going to be a bed of roses. Now, with all your monitors and stories in, all those election-related reports, all the profiles/primers about the journalist killings, all the research work we've asked you to do -- and yes, even the photos, directories, and encoding you've done -- don't you feel proud that you did something in your internship to further professionalize and improve the country's press?

In a previous post anticipating this year's interns, I wrote: "(Here's) hoping to see a batch that is equally great, if not greater, than the previous one. No pressure, guys, but last year's batch of interns was a tough act to follow."

Indeed, to succeed a previous batch of great interns was a tough act to follow. But I think this year's batch far succeeded in whatever expectations we in CMFR had about them. As a group, their immense volume of work was simply incomparable. I don't even know where to begin. The elections coverage of the tabloids? Public affairs programs? radio stations? The study on political advertisements? The study about the preparedness of the press in this year's elections? The database on journalist killings, more comprehensive now than ever? The digitization/reorganization of PJR Reports and Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism articles as well as the CMFR photos? Simply astounding.

So to our interns, take your much-deserved break. And to the handful of interns who are still in CMFR doing last-minute work, see you in the office and may you finish soon to enjoy whatever remaining days you have this summer (I know some of you are taking your short summer breaks outside the country). And to those who plan to do volunteer work for CMFR, see you soon. But to all of you, thanks and see you in our nightout (just like what we promised) soon.

Meanwhile, below are some photos of the best journalism students around. You can see five of the six CMFR staffwriters in the photo above as well as most of the interns this summer. (Photo above courtesy of the proud alerts intern Tat; the rest from Don)

During our trivia contest last May 18 in the "interns room", just before the final program for the interns:







Showing they are the best: Two of the "little Bryants," Angela and Rocel, after winning in the group category of the contest (with their proud and smiling "Big Bryant" together with Bimbo and Junette who managed to smile for posterity's sake). Hahahaha!



Rachel won the contest's individual category. Here with her proud "father" Don (flashing his pearly white teeth) who looked like he was the one who's going home with the goodies from CMFR:



CMFR's five "Outstanding Interns": Rachel, Stephen, Rocel (who was named the "Most Outstanding Intern") Tat, and Ivy:



The interns who attended the May 18 program. Unfortunately, some were not able to attend the event. The interns come from the University of the Philippines, the University of Santo Tomas, St. Scholastica's College, and Far Eastern University (Go, Criz!).



The interns with their hot-headed supervisor:



And with Bimbo, allegedly the "hottest" staffwriter around, who according to latest reports, already has a fans' club of his own. Just kidding, Bimbs. :P



With the staff



The interns with their bosses

Starting with the oh-so-serious, no-nonsense Team Bryant. I just looked like I was awarded with a "Jeers/Squash" label by the PJR Reports monitor. While my two interns rightfully deserved "Cheers/Star Apple."



The youthful-looking Venus together with her mature-looking interns.



Don, the "hottest" staffwriter according to the interns last year, together with his interns



The rambunctious Alerts desk together with their inimitable boss, Bimbo



And the Team Junette, who looked like a bunch of cheerleaders (hot!)

46 comments:

yasuren said...

kay sir don galing yung pics na yan sir. :)

sir, dapat kami yung nagpapasalamat. kaya salamat sa lahat. kung feeling nyo nakatulong kami, [feeling nyo lang yun. hehe.] mas malaki naman ang naitulong nyo samin.

criz said...

The youthful-looking Venus together with her mature-looking interns.

---nag-eexpect kaba ng violent reaction dito!? hahahaha....

anywayz, tama si tat, kame ung dapat magpasalamat sa lahat... at ako, sobrang thankful sa lahat ng bosses at co-interns ko. really. kakaibang experience.

desi said...

emo sir!

hehe, wala bang ispecial mention sa mga volunteers jan? waahaha shameless self-plugging XD

erm, sir, ikaw naman, kailan ang kasal? XD

bryant said...

@ tat


hehe. salamat rin. totoo namang malaki naitulong nyo.


@ criz


haha. tingnan nyo naman pic nyo parang magkakaedad lang kayo. so dapat nag-meet ang edad nyo ni mam venus.

thanks rin sa iyo.

bryant said...

@ desi



haha, emo ba! haha.


do you think i need to do a post about the student monitors? haha. sa dami pa ba naman ng post ko about the elections. hehe. at saka the student monitors, to paraphrase tin, are in the heart. hehe.


kasal amp. haha. la pa nga pera eh. hehe.

desi said...

di sinagot ung tanung o. nd naman pera tanung ko, ung kasal.

wahaha, basta imbitado kami sir h. cover namin, wedding of the century un! XD

bryant said...

@ desi



kasal amp. bata-bata ko pa. mas matanda ka pa nga sa akin e. hehe. o tagay na!

yasuren said...

mas matanda naman talaga si desi sau di ba sir? hahahahaha.

bryant said...

hahaha! desi o! niaaway ka ni tat! hahaha!

yasuren said...

ha? ako? nang-aaway? kelan pa nangyari un? 0=)

bryant said...

grabe. naka-rss alert ba itong post na ito sa iyo, tat? hahahaha! joke joke!

yasuren said...

malakas ang aking ESPn.hahaha.

bryant said...

oo nga e. tindi. haha.

desi said...

ayus sa pag-uusap ah..sa comments page mo pa..3:45 in the morning..at magkasama pa yata kayo. sana nag-usap na lang in person haha

di ko na pinapansin yang mga pang-aaway nyang si tats. mabait na akong tao.. siya di pa rin wahahha! joklang tats :P

bsta sir, gudlak sa kasal nyo :D

bryant said...

haha. kayo talaga, parang aso't pusa hahahahaha! cge, bigyan kita ng e-vite pag kinasal na ko. haha.

desi said...

uy sir sabi nyo yan ha...don't worry, di ako manggulo sa ceremonies.. habol ko e ung reception haha

si tat pusa? sir naman, cute ang pusa! ahaha. sige nd na ako magcomment, baka isumpa ako hehe

yasuren said...

desi busy kc si sir sa pagchat sa YM kaya di mo mkausap in person. hahaha.

sir kmsta ang pagtulog mo sa aquarium kanina? :D

bryant said...

ahaah. oks naman. lamiiiig. pero masarap. :P

bryant said...

@ desi


haha. ang reception food ay fishball tsaka hot tea.


punta ka ha.

yasuren said...

redhorse ba yang dndescribe mo? hahaha

yasuren said...

suggestion: chippy na green

bryant said...

haha. yes. chippy green and rhb. nice.

Nathan Lee said...

nice post bossing... i like the fact that bimbo has been the office hotness... hehe

bryant said...

@ nathan


hahaha. remember when you were the office hotness three summers ago? hahaha.

blogerista said...

salamat po sa pgkakataong maging part ng CMFR.. at makagawa ng projects kasama kayo..

sabi ko nga nung interns' orientation, bigatin ang tingin ko sa CMFR..ngayon lalong naging bigatin.. na-appreciate ko yung super overnyts.. hehe..

salamat po ulit sa lahat!

blogerista said...

unique pa rin talaga ang Team Don.. monopoly ng team namin ang scarce rsources ng CMFR.. lam m n kung ano yun, sir bry..hehe

bryant said...

salamat rin jerome, salamat.

Venus said...

Chatroom ba ito?Makikigulo na rin ako. ;)

bryant to nathan: "hahaha. remember when you were the office hotness three summers ago? hahaha."

me to bryant: "remember when you were the office hotness EONS ago? bwahaha."

Kidding. But seriously speaking, sya ang hottie sa cmfr opis nung intern kami sa cmfr. tagal na nun.. ;p

bryant said...

@ venus


ahaaha. nicely done! ahaha. eons ago amp. hehe. batch by batch ata pabago ng pabago taste. i don't want to believe that habang tumatagal, papangit ng papangit ang mga staff kaya kung sinong mas bago, iyon ang hot.

bryant said...

@ blogerista



hahaha. jerome. kung kayo lang ang scarce resources wag na lang. buti scarce kayo. hahaha. joke joke joke!

yasuren said...

HAHAHA. hindi nyo kasi alam ang history ng fans club ni sir bimbo. :P

maam venus, redhead ba pa si sir bry nun? :D

bryant said...

@ yasuren


haha. ay ganon? medyo may pagkalegend ba ang dating ng history ng fans club nyow?


haha. redhead amp.

yasuren said...

hindi ako ang pasimuno ng fans club na yan. wla akong kinalaman jan. busy ako sa slain Js nung nabubuo un. hahaha.

baka kasi mas nagustuhan ang flamin' red hair. :D

bryant said...

asos. feigning innocence ha. hahaha.


di ako redhead non. mabait pa ko non. black nails lang. hahaha.

yasuren said...

basta wala ako nun. :D malalaman mo cguro ang kwento pag may tama na ng alcohol mga tao. wahaha.

gosh. so it was the nail polish. dati ba may "cno may gs2 ng xtra credits?" na? [parang ang tagal na a. hahahahah]

bryant said...

ahahaaha, malasing nga ang mga tao.


extra credits? hrmph. di ko na kelangan magtanong dati. sampu-sampera na projects nila taas-kamay pa rin sila. hrmph.


waheheheheh!

Venus said...

hi tat! cge, ikwento mo sa amin at nang maliwanagan kami. hehe. ;)

as for bry, di ko na tanda pero noon mukha syang matinee idol na laging nagmamadali. haha. cguro the "scarce resources" phenomenon could explain that.. (hehe, pagtsismisan raw ba ang may-ari ng blog?)

Down with BFC (bimbo fans club)! Harhar!

bryant said...

@ venus


ahaha. "scare resources" theory na ba ito ni jerome the economic journalist? ahahaha. basta ako scarce kaya precious. si jerome, scarce lang. ahahaha. joke lang jerome! hehehe.


ahahaha! down with the bimbo's fans, the bimbosaurs! hahahaha! i bet di nila alam why bimbosaur! hahaha.

yasuren said...

talo yang red hair, black nails at scarce resources theory nyo dahil mas pumatok parin ang sayaw ni sir bimbo. :D

maam venus, antayin mong malasing ang mga tao. lalabas ang kwento. hahaha.

bat kaya npunta kaming maiingay sa alerts. ang tahimik ni sir bimbo. pano nyo ba pinili ang groupings? nalugi ata si sir sa pagiging magulo namin. wahahaha.

bryant said...

ahahaha. i admit, iba talaga ang sayaw na iyon ni bimbo. haha. pero down down down pa rin bimbosaurs. hahaha.

hindi kayo uubra kay venus sa lasingan. kasi lahat kayo lasing na, sha hindi pa. hindi naman kasi nakakalasing ang iced tea o ice cream.

nakow, kala nyo lang napakatahimik nung taong iyon. try nyong painumin un. namumula, hindi dahil sa alak, kasi kaiingles at kakadebate.

yasuren said...

nkakalasing ang iced tea. lalo na pag may gin. yoko na nga maalala yan e. haha. di nmn cguro agad2 nalalasing mga boss. lalo kna sir. naku. walang lalaban sau kpg matira matibay. bka gumapang kaming laht pauwi tpos ikaw wla pang tama. hahaha.

bryant said...

haha. kaw naman kasi gusto mo may halo lagi inumin e. parang gin + extra joss.


hina ko uminom ah. ang malakas uminom si junette.

Venus said...

43 comments and counting! huwaw! :D

Tat, wag kang maniniwala sa lahat ng sinasabi ni sir bryant. Ung nag-i-English at nakikipagdebate pag lasing... sya yun! My goodness! Pressure!

hahaha!

bryant said...

my god, tatalunin pa ata ng post kong ito ang post ko about Orange and Lemons sa dami ng comments.


oy, venus, di ako lasing non ah. tska di hamak na mas flawless si bimbo sa akin mag-english. parang taga bbc.

yasuren said...

hahaha. inaaway nyo na nmn boss ko. :P

maam venus, kht nmn di lasing si sir nkkipagdebate e. haha. antayin nlng natin ang june16.

may boss ba na nanlilibre kpg lasing? hahah

bryant said...

haha. naku tat, pag librehan ang usapan, kahit bangenge na, walang maglalabas ng pera. hahahaah

 
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