Eileen Mangubat, 2013 Winner of the Marshall McLuhan Prize, to Lecture in Toronto


The Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto and Sun Life Financial Canada are pleased to announce a McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology public lecture:

Title: “Journalism in time of Haiyan:  The evolving role of the community press in covering natural disasters”

Eileen Mangubat, 2013 Winner of the Marshall McLuhan Prize


Thursday, February 26, 2014; 4:30 pm- 6 pm   –   Room 538, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

The presentation will address the important functions of community journalists during times of disasters as seen in their experience covering the devastation brought by typhoon Haiyan. Eileen Mangubat will also discuss the challenges faced by the local press as both victims of the typhoon and at the same time bearer of news.

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 2013 winner, Eileen Mangubat 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. Mangubat’s Canadian experience will be shared with communication students and members of the local and community media.

Eileen Mangubat is currently the publisher and acting editor in chief of Cebu Daily News. A journalist for almost thirty years now, she has worked as a reporter covering various beats and as an editor in various capacities as news editor, opinion editor, editor in chief and now publisher.  She was the only female editor in chief of a Cebu newspaper when she led the start-up of Cebu Daily News in 1998.  CDN is an affiliate of the country’s largest national broadsheet, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and claims to be Cebu’s only independent newspaper.  Eileen is an advocate of her news organization’s vision:  Journalism that builds communities.

She was recognized by the US Embassy in Manila with the 2003 Benigno S. Aquino Fellowship Award.  Various award-giving bodies including the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, the Philippine Press Institute, the Rotary Club of Manila, the Archdiocese of Cebu, and the University of the Philippines Alumni Association, among others, have recognized her as an alumna, reporter, editor, and news manager. (Source: http://tinyurl.com/ppfmp4o)

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