Philippines investigative journalist and press freedom beacon Maria Ressa wins 2019 Shorenstein Journalism Award

Stanford’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) has awarded journalist Maria Ressa the 2019 Shorenstein Journalism Award. Ressa, the co-founder, CEO and executive editor of the Philippine news platform Rappler, has been a journalist in Asia for more than 30 years and commended worldwide for her work in fighting disinformation and attempts to silence the free press.

Presented annually by APARC, the Shorenstein Journalism Award is conferred upon a journalist who has contributed significantly to a greater understanding of Asia through outstanding reporting on critical issues affecting the region. Ressa will receive the award at a ceremony at Stanford in fall quarter 2019.

Maria Ressa
Maria Ressa (Courtesy of Rappler)

Ressa spent nearly two decades at CNN, where she was lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in Southeast Asia and served as the network’s bureau chief in Manila, then Jakarta. She then became head of news and current affairs at ABS-CBN, the largest media network in the Philippines. Her work aimed to redefine journalism by combining traditional broadcast and new media for social change. In 2012, Ressa launched Rappler, turning it into one of the Philippines’ most influential news organizations and integrating data, content and new technologies to promote public service journalism and civic engagement.

“Maria Ressa is a champion of digital journalism innovation and a paragon of protecting democracy and speaking truth to power,” said GI-WOOK SHIN, Shorenstein APARC director. “For decades, before she became internationally acclaimed for her brave fight to ‘hold the line,’ Maria’s work had provided deep insights into the complexities of Southeast Asia based on her nuanced knowledge, investigative skills and the ability to draw upon them to connect with audiences around the world. We are honored to recognize her with the Shorenstein Journalism Award.”

The Shorenstein Journalism Award, which carries a $10,000 prize, honors the legacy of APARC’s benefactor, Walter H. Shorenstein, and his twin passions for promoting excellence in journalism and understanding of Asia. APARC recently introduced a new selection committee for the award that presides over the judging of nominees and honoree selection.

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