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The grand dame enters the world of multimedia

Operating quicker at 120, The Manila Occasions steps into the AI-driven century

IT might be the story of the century:
On its 120th anniversary, in the yr when synthetic intelligence-driven cameras and blockchain know-how are developed to both assist clear up the oceans or deter counterfeiting and guarantee international meals provide, The Manila Occasions turns into the longest-running broadsheet in the nation to step into the world of multimedia because it enters its 13th decade of delivering the Philippine story.

A must-read in Asia, this grand dame of Philippine print journalism just isn’t displaying any indicators of slowing down. As an alternative, the paper retains rolling off the presses and has even established a robust presence on social media.

Furthermore, The Manila Occasions has began delivering high-level roundtable discussions on Philippine politics and the financial system by way of video livestreaming on its on-line platform as a prelude to the launch of its digital tv operation quickly.

Chairman Emeritus Dante Arevalo Ang

Going ahead and upward to the subsequent degree of the recreation in the new century, The Occasions administration—led by Chairman Emeritus Dante Arevalo Ang and President and CEO Dante “Klink” Ang 2nd—prepares its editorial, advertising, and technical groups rigidly for the harder challenges forward.

“We are facing a number of challenges as the other media organizations also do, and that is the development of the internet and other products, as well as the alternative sources of news, such as the social-media platforms,” Klink says. “But instead of fighting this trend, The Manila Times is choosing to embrace it. We have been developing our digital edition, our website, mobile apps, and other digital platforms that allow us to reach a much broader audience, not only in the Philippines but around the world.”

Cellular apps
Only recently, The Occasions ventured into providing its cellular software referred to as “The Manila Times Correspondents.” Beaming with delight for his new challenge, Klink says, “This is a timely application that we think will be particularly useful. This will allow Filipinos to become citizen-journalists, and let them report to The Manila Times what is going on in their part of the country.”

President and CEO Dante “Klink” Ang 2nd

The sense of urgency on this concept stems from a have to make the group adaptable to the quickly evolving know-how surroundings by which the information enterprise operates.

The imaginative and prescient of long-term progress stays the similar, however the firm acknowledges the fast flexibility required to grab the probability of the second to get to that aim.

Nerilyn Tenorio, publisher-editor, explains: “The long-term vision for The Manila Times remains the same basic, steady driving force that has been motivating the management and everyone down the ranks all these years to work hard toward making that dream a reality: that is to bring back its glory as the media institution that has been trusted since 1898.”

A pioneer
On October 11 of that yr, following information that the Treaty of Paris can be signed to finish the Spanish-American Warfare, The Manila Occasions was born. It was a pioneer in the information business—one which hit the floor operating. The nation’s first English-language broadsheet witnessed the switch of the Philippines from Spanish to American sovereignty.

After a quantity of totally different ownerships by way of the years, the paper is as resolute as ever to proceed serving its readers.

Having spearheaded The Occasions’ persevering with march towards embracing the always evolving inner and exterior surroundings, the chairman emeritus, Dr. Ang, is assured of his administration executives’ talents and capabilities to comply with by means of his imaginative and prescient of regaining, reliving and enlivening the paper’s superb previous.

Writer-Editor Nerilyn Tenorio

“But even that vision has grown in scope, because the winds of change continue to sweep through the media industry and bring about rapid technological advances,” Tenorio, who had labored at the British information company Reuters and Agence France Presse’s monetary information arm AFX-Asia in Manila and Hong Kong earlier than becoming a member of The Occasions, says. “Every year, there’s new technology that gets introduced. With the advent of the smart phone and the internet-of-things, social media was born and changed the rules of the game.”

Ang and Tenorio have made strides in the new area they like to speak about nowadays. An online-streaming information service has been put in place beneath The Manila Occasions TV (TMTTV), in cooperation with TMTC, or The Manila Occasions School, with the assist of Undertaking Supervisor Jennifer Jones. The particular TV coverages have been complementing the paper’s video content material on its web site.

TMT School
TMTC is one other testomony to The Occasions’ consciousness of the challenges and alternatives that come together with its journalism endeavor. Fulfilling its position of coaching the younger Filipino thoughts in in search of the fact behind the information and different occasions that transfer the world, the School has continued to strengthen the TMTC curriculum. The faculty is housed in the similar constructing as its iconic newspaper affiliate in Manila’s historic walled metropolis of Intramuros, but in addition has a department in Subic, a coastal city northwest of the nation’s capital.

Recognized for its revolutionary work-based curriculum, TMTC provides a bachelor’s diploma in journalism. Klink, who can also be the faculty’s vice chairman and appearing dean, says TMTC presents a dual-degree certification if the course is taken to complement a scholar’s present course being pursued in one other school or college. Its Subic department gives programs in the arts and sciences, in addition to medical programs, apart from the flagship diploma of journalism.

Digital packages
Quickly, The Occasions’ chairman emeritus will lead the formal launch of TMTTV and its full digital packages. Working with him intently to push this challenge ahead is Tenorio and Jones.

“Today, the digital path looks ever more imperative as the way of the future,” Tenorio explains. “It would be irresponsible for any news company to move into the future without going digital. We cannot afford to be left behind in this multimedia race.”

She provides: “Apart from the online presence of the newspaper through its website, an affiliate company has been established to broaden our digital presence. Under the affiliate name ‘The Manila Times Broadcasting Corp.,’ we will soon be launching The Manila Times TV (TMTTV) operation. Right now we are working on the completion of the TV programming, which will offer newscasts, public affairs, educational and entertainment shows, history, the whole shebang.”

Challenges, alternatives
The firm’s glamorous COO, Blanca Calilung-Mercado, agrees absolutely with strikes to pursue digital tv content material, though she nonetheless has her palms full with obligations to strengthen the advertising of the print operations.

Like her and the relaxation of The Occasions’ executives, the paper’s editors additionally help the administration efforts to innovate to convey the firm ahead into the digital future.

“I think the biggest challenge of a newspaper today is the shift to digital,” Arnold Belleza, government editor, says in an interview. “While we enjoy a strong readership on the print side, at one point The Manila Times will have to move onto a much larger scale into the digital space—and that requires training, talent, and, of course, financing.”

The managing editor, Felipe “Ipe” Salvosa 2nd, says the problem the paper faces is “to make our print as relevant as possible, given the speed of news on the online sphere.” He provides, “We want to offer our original content, enterprising content on top of the regular news that appears in the other newspapers.”

Belleza, who says he has been having fun with his work at The Occasions to date after spending a few years with BusinessWorld, agrees, though he’s extra biased towards the digital content material. “It’s a given—this is something that we cannot avoid, so everybody has to make the shift one way or another, or else … fall by the wayside,” he stresses. However it’s and can be a sluggish course of, he warns, saying whereas the paper has succeeded principally in making reporters extra conscious of the want to interrupt information, the different steps could possibly be tougher.

“The next step, I think, is to expand the audience for news in the digital space, and then maybe, at one point, probably shift fully into digital and dropping print as a medium,” Belleza says, philosophizing about the newspaper enterprise in the web age.

Salvosa, who additionally used to work at BusinessWorld, maintains his enthusiasm for the old style method of newspapering. “We will continue on improving the content of The Manila Times,” he stresses. “We would like to uphold the highest standards of journalism and attract the best pool of reporters and editors to work of the paper, so that it will continue to be relevant for a hundred years more.”

Robust commentaries
Whereas admitting that The Occasions’ power is its “strong commentary” part, Salvosa says the paper additionally needs “to make a name in good journalism.” He explains, “That’s why we want to pursue more exclusive stories, and more stories that are geared toward policymakers and the young set of readers, especially those who are upwardly mobile, and small businessmen, as well as our educated middle class.”

The paper’s concentrate on high quality moderately than amount has been evident via the years, extra so in at the moment’s setting, because it continues to uphold the highest requirements of journalism. Contemplate, as an example, its information gathering and the publication of particular studies. Its op-ed division has likewise remained robust at primary, as proven in the audio-visual presentation in immediately’s celebration of The Occasions’ anniversary.

With the theme “120 Years of Covering the Filipino Story,” the October 11 celebration for workers of The Occasions is held at the Ardour Restaurant, Resorts World Manila, in Pasay Metropolis. A separate reception for the VIPs—advertisers and different supporters of the paper—shall be held on October 24 at the Conrad Manila lodge, additionally in Pasay Metropolis.

Particular sections
The editors, in the meantime, say that even the paper’s enterprise and way of life sections have been reformatted to cater to the rising quantity of readers, who’ve proven sophistication of their studying staple. The Sunday Occasions and STM, or The Sunday Occasions Journal, have additionally undergone their respective redesigns. And there are extra particular sections, comparable to “Boardroom Watch,” “Build & Design,” “Golf,” “Campus Press,” “Look Book,” “Stock Watch,” and “Sunday Business & IT Updates.”

One other undertaking value welcoming is an annual particular journal devoted to the corporations at the prime rungs of the company ladder. That is slated for launch at the moment, Thursday.

The paper’s web site can also be up for a relaunch with further sections and a brand new, cutting-edge design.

Pursuit of excellence, with a soul
In any pursuit of excellence, nevertheless, it’s all the time necessary to be humane and magnanimous, as the father-and-son workforce agrees, particularly to the group’s most essential asset—the staff and different personnel. Having been educated in Catholic faculties, Klink is wont to spotlight the have to have empathy towards others and be grateful for everybody’s efforts in bringing an organization ahead. Each firm should attempt for excellence—however with a soul—and will encourage its individuals to aspire for a greater life-work stability.

“The Manila Times will not be celebrating this milestone without the support of our loyal readers and sponsors—and to all of them, on behalf of The Manila Times—I wish to say, Thank you!” says Klink, boss to 200 common staff and round 100 consultants, contributors, and correspondents. “I also wish to thank all the people who have made The Manila Times what it is today—our writers, reporters, editors, photographers, and everyone else in the staff. Thank you!”

Regardless of him being persistent about making the print model extra related for the coming century, Salvosa additionally exhibits a tender spot for the every day’s on-line model and its social media account. “We thank our readers for their enormous support, and we promise them more quality and strong commentary, more incisive news and analyses, as well as more exclusives and enterprising journalism that The Manila Times has been known for the past 100 and 20 years.”

It’s, certainly, “more exciting times ahead for The Manila Times as we keep ourselves relevant to the present and future generations,” Tenorio says, including:

“We will undoubtedly look ahead to a multimedia Manila Occasions in the close to future as we face the subsequent 100 years.

“Congratulations to the Dante Ang father-and-son team for keeping everything intact for this company all these years. Happy 120th anniversary to us all here at The Manila Times! Cheers!”

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