FOR 20 years, the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism (JVOAEJ) encouraged the development of investigative and explanatory reporting in which it recognized the exceptional achievements of journalism professionals in these fields. The JVOAEJ was joined to a seminar featuring the finalists for the awards. The seminar has gained a loyal following among the students and faculty of journalism and mass communication courses in universities and colleges in Metro Manila. CMFR also invites members of the policy making community, academe, government, business, and civil society to attend the seminar.

CMFR has reconceptualized the entire program, foregoing the awards but retaining the seminar component to feature selected journalists for remarkable reportage. The program 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.

The Jaime V. Ongpin Journalism Seminar is designed to draw out implications for media coverage, and in general, the conduct of the press in the Philippines, as well as the role the press plays in various controversies and issues in development.



THE MARSHALL McLuhan 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 auspices of the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines. Fifteen journalists have been McLuhan fellows since the fellowship was first announced in 1997.

SANDRA BURTON was the Hong Kong bureau chief of TIME magazine who accompanied then opposition leader former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. on his flight home to Manila on August 21, 1983. The senator was killed on the tarmac upon his arrival. Ms. Burton reported on the assassination and the political turmoil triggered by the death of the opposition leader as well as the events that led to the fall of the Marcos dictatorship in February 1986. She continued to report on the democratic transition and the presidency of Mrs. Corazon Aquino, developing strong ties with many Filipino journalists working during that period.

Ms. Burton passed away on February 27, 2004 in Bali where she lived after retiring from journalism. She left a scholarship fund to the NCAF to support the study of Filipino journalists in the US.

The Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF), sponsors of the Sandra Burton Nieman Fellowship and the Nieman Program has agreed that CMFR will be in charge of the selection process. Details about applying for a 2015-2016 fellowship will be available in October 2014.

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