CDN is here to stay

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Edra­lyn Bene­dicto ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF

TO­DAY, CEBU DAILY NEWS closes one door and opens an­other.

CEBU DAILY NEWS, as it ends its print run that has been un­in­ter­rupted for nearly 21 years, will em­bark on a new jour­ney to de­liver its brand of in­de­pen­dent and re­spon­si­ble jour­nal­ism i n the dig­i­tal plat­form.

It will con­tinue to be Cebu’s in­de­pen­dent source of news and in­for­ma­tion. It will re­main stead­fast in its com­mit­ment to de­liver the kind of con­tent that its read­ers of mostly Ce­buanos de­serve. It will re­main ac­count­able for ev­ery piece of nar­ra­tive it puts on­line.

And most im­por­tantly, it will strive to live up to the stan­dards that CDN has taken to heart over the last 20 years: To give news a hu­man face; to tell sto­ries about peo­ple and how their lives mat­ter; to keep the

Ce­buano pub­lic abreast with the is­sues and govern­ment poli­cies that im­pact them; to re­main fiercely pro­tec­tive of the right of the pub­lic to know; to re­sist at­tempts to si­lence the me­dia; and to pro­duce jour­nal­ism that builds com­mu­ni­ties.

CDN be­gan on Fe­bru­ary 8, 1998 be­cause of a dream of one per­son: Alexan­dra “Sandy” Pri­eto-Ro­mualdez, the pres­i­dent of the coun­try’s lead­ing broad­sheet, Philip­pine Daily In­quirer, and founder of CDN. Cebu, she said, needed an in­de­pen­dent com­mu­nity news­pa­per that could be an in­stru­ment of change and ac­tion, and which could set the agenda for for­mu­la­tion of lo­cal poli­cies.

Ms Sandy, as she is called by em­ploy­ees of CDN, took pride about how CDN had been an in­stru­ment of pos­i­tive change. She talked about how a photo of pot­holes pub­lished in CDN’s “Siloy is Watch­ing” sec­tion prompted pub­lic works of­fi­cials to im­me­di­ately re­pair the road and cover the pot­holes.

While this par­tic­u­lar photo story may seemed a “small item” that did not merit a front page treat­ment, this is the kind of nar­ra­tive that is at the core of CDN’s rea­son for be­ing. No story is too

small or ir­rel­e­vant if it mat­ters to the per­son who reads it, and has an im­pact on his life. This is what in­spired the

CDN staff to be at their best ev­ery day that the news­pa­per is put to bed.

CEBU DAILY NEWS is and will al­ways be grate­ful to the read­ers, sub­scribers and ad­ver­tis­ers who have made the news­pa­per a part of their day for the past 20 years. To them weded­i­cateth­e­morethan50 awards and recog­ni­tion that

CDN has been hon­ored with in the past two decades.

CDN, the com­mu­nity news­pa­per, has pro­duced in­spir­ing, sear­ing and in-depth fea­tures and spe­cial re­ports. It com­mits to con­tinue to do so as CDN Dig­i­tal.

Siloy, the Black Shama bird en­demic to Cebu, will still be the mas­cot of CDN. And like Siloy, CDN will al­ways be a Ce­buano.

As we bid good­bye to the print form of CEBU DAILY

NEWS, we are in­spired by the nu­mer­ous trib­utes from read­ers and for­mer CDN staff and con­trib­u­tors. These words ex­pressed ex­actly what many in CDN would have wanted to say about the news­pa­per that nur­tured them for two decades.

One of them came from Land Trans­porta­tion and Fran­chis­ing Reg­u­la­tory Board (LTFRB) Re­gion 3 Di­rec­tor Ahmed Cuizon, a gifted Ce­buano writer who con­trib­uted her­itage fea­tures to CDN while he was the pub­lic af­fairs man­ager of the Mac­tan Cebu In­ter­na­tional Air­port Author­ity in the early 2000s.

To him, CDN is “the voice of Ce­buanos.”

“CDN is a voice that speaks of Cebu. How it looks at things and what makes it spe­cial. It’s fair and fierce take on the day’s news is re­flec­tive of the fear­less­ness of Vi­cente Sotto, Natalio Ba­calso and Al Alin­sug,” wrote Cuizon.

When Cuizon said “CDN is about be­ing quintessen­tially Ce­buano,” our hearts swelled with pride. Thank you, Ahmed, for say­ing so. While there is sad­ness, and plenty of tear­ful good­byes, as we bring the news­pa­per to a close, we also know that our next jour­ney is go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing one.

We have had re­ceived nu­mer­ous well wishes and one stood out.

“Your au­di­ence just ex­panded and no longer lim­ited to a phys­i­cal space. This ( CDN) will be the global Ce­buano com­mu­ni­ties’ por­tal,” wrote Marvi Ablaza Gil, a for­mer CDN re­porter who now lives in Ice­land.

Yes, ex­actly where we hope to be. We will bring our brand of “Ce­buano-ness” to the big­ger com­mu­ni­ties of Ce­buanos all over the world, and on to their friends and fam­i­lies, and to the friends of their friends.

The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less.

CDN is about be­ing quintessen­tially Ce­buano. Ahmed Cuizon LTFRB Re­gion 3 Di­rec­tor

CDN PHOTO/ TONEE DESPOJO

Siloys in a nest.

CDN FILE PHOTO

TURN­ING 20. Alexan­dra Pri­eto-Ro­mualdez, pres­i­dent of In­quirer Pub­li­ca­tions Inc. that owns Cebu Daily News, de­liv­ers an in­spi­ra­tional mes­sage d u r i n g C D N ’s 2 0 t h an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion on Feb. 9, 2018, held at the Water­front Cebu City Ho­tel in Barangay Lahug.

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