Public Lecture: “Polls, Politics, & the Press: New roles, new challenges for the Philippine media”, Toronto


 Massey College Quadrangle

The Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, Massey College, and & Sun Life Financial Canada are pleased to announce a McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology public lecture: “Polls, Politics, and the Press: New roles, new challenges for the Philippine media”.

Hope you can join us welcome to Toronto, Lynda Jumilla, 2012 Winner of the Marshall McLuhan Prize.

When: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 1 p.m.-3p.m.   –   Where: Upper Library, Massey College, University of Toronto

The presentation will discuss the significant roles elections play and how media coverage has evolved in response to the advent of new technologies.  A central focus of discussion will be on how media and elections contribute to the strengthening (or the weakening) of democratic institutions in the Philippines.  The distinct relationship between political actors and the media in the framework of political communication will be addressed.

Sponsored since 1997 by Sun Life Financial Canada, the Marshall McLuhan Prize is awarded annually by the Canadian Embassy in Manila to the first-prize winner in the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards, which recognize excellence in investigative journalism. As the 2012 winner, Lynda Jumilla will partake in a study tour across Canada as a fellow with the McLuhan Coach House Institute in Toronto. Upon her return to the Philippines, a series of forums is organized in key cities around the country, where Ms. Jumilla’s Canadian experience will be shared with communication students and members of the local and community media.

 Lynda Jumilla

Lynda Jumilla is currently a senior correspondent of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation. She has been a journalist for more than 25 years now. She is currently anchoring “ANC Presents: the Road to 2013,” a weekly talk show on the ABS-CBN News Channel in the run-up to next year’s Philippine midterm elections. She also co-anchors “Ibabalita Ngayon” (News Now), the daily noontime newscast of ABS-CBN’s sister station Studio 23.  She was co-anchor of “Chief Justice on Trial,” ABS-CBN’s special coverage of the Philippine Chief Justice’s impeachment trial, and the co-host of S.R.O., a radio news/talk show on ABS-CBN’s radio station DZMM.  Lynda used to be a print journalist having been with the country’s top newspapers:  Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Times, and the Philippine Star. 

As a political correspondent, she honed her skills through the beats she has covered through the years:  the Presidential Palace, Congress and its electoral tribunals; the Judiciary and Justice Department beat/s; the Commission on Elections; and the labor and health portfolios.  She is also a veteran of covering elections and political campaigns.

Lynda earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of the Philippines.  She also finished a certificate course in electronic sub-editing and lay-outing at the International Institute for Journalism in Berlin. Her network’s official link on her:

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