By MIKE BAÑOS, Editor-at-Large
The Mindanao Daily News Network (MDNN Teleradyo) grand launching during the 3rd Mindanao Governance & Leadership Excellence Awards, on December 20, 2021,was held after two years of its soft opening (during the global pandemic) for a bigger and stronger digital platform to serve its stakeholders and followers better in 2022.
“We thank the Almighty that he has given us the means and resolve to survive what has proven to be the most trying two years yet of our decade-long existence, as MDNN has now firmly established itself as a force for good, not only in the regional media landscape, but nationally and globally as well through its online editions which are now reaching not only Kagay-anons and Misamisnons nationwide, but overseas Filipinos globally as well,” said President & CEO Dante Sudaria.
“Besides our original BusinessWeek Mindanao, Mindanao Daily News and Metro Cagayan de Oro Times (the former Cagayan Times) print editions, we are now established an ever-growing online presence, especially MDN which is now headed for the 600K mark in followers/subscribers,” Sudaria noted.
Aside from the print editions of BWN, MDN and Metro CDO Times, each of the three newspapers further multiply their reach with their respective websites, and respective social media pages as well.
“Most people now mainly get their source of news and information through electronic means, especially social media, through their mobile phones and other gadgets,” Sudaria observed. “The pandemic has boosted this trend even further by mandating virtual meetings for businessmen, work from home for many workers, and distance learning for school children through the internet.”
“Thus, a strong online presence will enable us not only to reach our viewers worldwide with relevant news and updated information to keep them updated about the goings on in Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao, but likewise serve as a channel through which they can direct their inquiries and reports about events in their respective communities, wherever they are in the Philippines or abroad,” he added.
In addition, MDNN Teleradyo relaunched its programs just last December 29 with a constantly growing schedule of online programs which address viewers need for news and information on more specific topics such as education, health and wellness, news and current affairs, avenues of civic service, among others.
Among its more eminent program hosts are Dr. Janry Colonia of the Department of Education Region 10 who hosts Aksyon Edukasyon, and Dr. Francis Thaise Cimene who hosts Frontiers in Mindanao.
Viewers can also enjoy a full menu of other shows such as the following: Hot Talks, Kalandrakas, Mag Hikay ta Mindanao, Pretty & Trendy, Rated E, Rotary International, Sikat Karon, The Home Show Unlimited, On the Road with DOH, Reaksyon Mo, Huge Upside and Scenes & Music Press.
MDNN Media Center
Besides extending its services to the worldwide web through MDNN Teleradyo, the group has also continued to share the expertise of its veteran core of journalists with the MDNN Media Center. Headed by veteran journalist Joe del Puerto Felicilda, former editor of Cagayan de Oro’s pioneer TV News Program Newscope, the center has sought to upgrade the knowledge and skills of journalists from those just beginning to take their baby steps with their respective campus organs, to up-and-coming talents wanting to climb the career ladder to success.
Among its course offerings are Basic Interview, Broadcast News Script Writing, Binisayop/Binisakto, Community Journalism, Emceeing 101, Grassroots Communications, Internet Radio Anchoring, Media Reportage in Crisis Situations, Newscasting, News & Public Affairs Programming, Handling Police-Media Relations, Press conference Decorum, Press conference Facilitation, Print News Writing, Program Anchoring, Script Writing, Webcasting, Workplace Decorum, and others upon request.