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CMFR announces new Ongpin fellows; Lingao 2010 Marshall McLuhan Fellow | CMFR

CMFR announces new Ongpin fellows; Lingao 2010 Marshall McLuhan Fellow

The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) held the Jaime V. Ongpin Journalism Seminar (JVOJS) which discussed press issues and problems in the coverage of the 2010 elections. The seminar was held at the AIM Conference Center in Makati today (June 24).

CMFR Executive Director Melinda Quintos de Jesus also announced the formation of the Jaime V. Ongpin Journalism Seminar Fellows as a group that will increase from year to year and will be convened periodically in press forums on political and development issues.

The Fellows, who were panelists at this year’s seminar, were:

  • Dino Balabo (Mabuhay/The Philippine Star)
    Nini Cabaero (Sun.Star Network Exchange)
    Kara Patria David (GMA Network Inc.)
    Ed Lingao (Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism or PCIJ)
    Benjie Oliveros (Bulatlat.com)
    Tonette Orejas (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
    Alcuin Papa (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
    Darwin Wally Wee (BusinessWorld)
  • (From left to right) Balabo, Orejas, Maribel Ongpin, de Jesus,  Lingao, Oliveros, David, Papa, Cabaero and Wee (Photo by Lito Ocampo)(From left to right) Balabo, Orejas, Maribel Ongpin, de Jesus, Lingao, Oliveros, David, Papa, Cabaero and Wee (Photo by Lito Ocampo)

    Panelists received certificates of recognition and P20,000.00.

    The members of the panel were chosen by a steering committee composed of academics and senior journalists, who nominated journalists from both the national and community press in addition to a list based on the PJR Reports media monitor. PJR Reports, the flagship publication of CMFR, monitors media performance, recognizing good practice and criticizing lapses in coverage.

    The seminar has been a major feature of the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism since 1995. The seminar this year continues to honor the memory of Jaime V. Ongpin, a press freedom advocate who was involved in the protests against the excesses of the Marcos regime and who later served as finance secretary in the Cabinet of the late President Corazon Aquino.

    After the seminar, the Embassy of Canada announced the selection of Lingao as the 2010 Marshall McLuhan Fellow. Lingao, who serves as PCIJ multimedia director, was selected from a shortlist provided by the JVOJS steering committee.

    Embassy of Canada's James Trottier (Counsellor - Political and  Economic Relations) and Lingao, the 2010 Marshall McLuhan FellowEmbassy of Canada’s James Trottier (Counsellor – Political and Economic Relations) and Lingao, the 2010 Marshall McLuhan Fellow (Photo by Lito Ocampo)

    Lingao is the 13th Marshall McLuhan Fellow since the program was first announced in 1997. The Embassy of Canada with SunLife Financial Inc. is the sponsor of the Marshall McLuhan Prize, named after the Canadian communication theoretician. The fellowship consists of a ten-day familiarization and lecture tour of Canadian media and academic organizations, and a lecture tour of Philippine universities under the Embassy’s auspices.

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    For more information on the Jaime V. Ongpin Journalism Seminar (JVOJS), please contact the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) at any of the following numbers: (+63 2) 894-1314/894-1326.