Gigi Grande of ABS-CBN is the 2016 Marshall McLuhan Fellow, Philippines



ABS-CBN journalist Gigi Grande is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Marshall McLuhan fellowship sponsored by the Embassy of Canada.

By Demerie Dangla, ABS-CBN News

The award, named after the Canadian media and communications scholar, was given to Grande at the Jaime V. Ongpin Journalism Seminar conducted by the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) in Makati.

Students and professionals also attended the seminar which tackled the 2016 elections media coverage, the Duterte administration, and human rights.

Five panelists – Rappler’s Michael Bueza, TV5’s Ed Lingao, Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Ryan Rosauro, Philippine Graphic’s Joel Pablo Salud, and ABS-CBN’s Gigi Grande – were selected to be part of the seminar, mainly for the body of work they produced during the 2016 elections, but not excluding their other journalistic output.

Grande produced special and in-depth reports covering the pre-2016 poll campaign and the election period for both online and television, including those that looked into the party-list system, campaign rules, social issues, and candidates’ character.

During the seminar, when asked the about the role of media in the campaign, Grande emphasized media’s task to “keep track of all the promises of candidates and fact-check it.” 

By being a McLuhan fellow, Grande will embark on a two-week familiarization and lecture tour of Canadian media and academic organizations, and later, a lecture tour in Philippine universities.

ABS-CBN’s veteran broadcast journalist Lynda Jumilla was awarded the Marshall McLuhan Fellowship in 2012.



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