Jaime V. Ongpin Journalism Seminar goes online; six journalists named panelists

FOR THE first time, CMFR will hold the Jaime V. Ongpin Journalism program as a webinar which will feature six journalists from television and online news organizations as panelists on Friday, October 9, 2020. 

The panel discussion will take up not one but several themes including COVID-19, China and the West Philippine Sea, the relationship of the press and the government, the state of the press and other governance issues.

CMFR established the Jaime V. Ongpin Journalism Seminar to recognize journalists who have distinguished themselves with quality work. The recognition of best practice and excellence in journalism is one of CMFR’s three flagship programs, which include press freedom protection and the promotion of media ethics. The annual event is also a memorial for the late Jaime V. Ongpin’s work as a press freedom advocate during the Marcos regime in the early eighties.

Selected by senior journalists who serve on CMFR’s Board of Trustees, the panelists this year are: 

Lian Buan

Camille Diola

Christian Esguerra

Raffy Tima

Mike Navallo

Chiara Zambrano

The panel discussion will be followed by the presentation of CMFR’s Award of Distinction and the Marshall McLuhan Fellow for 2019.

The Embassy of Canada in the Philippines, together with Sun Life Financial Inc., sponsors the fellowship named after the Canadian communication theoretician. The Embassy also supports the fellow’s study tour of Canadian media and academic institutions and lecture forums in selected Philippine universities.


For more information on the Jaime V. Ongpin Journalism Seminar (JVOJS), please contact the Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility (CMFR) at [email protected].