As it turns a decade old next year, Rappler is setting the stage for its next-generation managers who will steer the company through the next decade of massive changes in journalism, technology, and the communities they are shaping.
“It’s a fundamentally changed world,” Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa said on Wednesday, November 11. “From the time that Rappler was born in 2011 and our website was created in 2012, we’ve constantly changed and evolved. These times demand new ways of thinking to solve existential problems for journalism and democracy.”
Journalists and journalism – like democracy – have been under increased threat globally, not only from autocrats, but also from technology and its business model, and disinformation. This compelled Ressa, among the 2018 TIME Persons of the Year, to assume a more active role in the global networks fighting disinformation. (READ: As democracy dies, we build a global future)
As the Philippines approaches presidential elections in May 2022, the need to formally and more actively search for global solutions to curtail technology’s ills and help independent journalism survive becomes critical.
To focus on this, Ressa is going on sabbatical and her co-founders at Rappler will assume more strategic roles that will pave the way for the company’s next-generation leaders. Ressa, who co-owns Rappler, will remain CEO and President.
Glenda M. Gloria, current Managing Editor, assumes Ressa’s position as Executive Editor. She will set Rappler’s overall editorial direction and policies, and ensure that the company achieves its mission and goals.
Chay F. Hofileña, current head of Rappler’s investigative arm, Newsbreak, is the new Managing Editor who will set Rappler’s day-to-day editorial agenda and supervise editorial operations, making sure that the organization adheres to the highest standards of journalism.
Lilibeth Frondoso, current head of Video Production, is the new Head of Multimedia Strategy and Growth who will set strategic policies and editorial direction, and bridge content and revenue units.
The 4 founders promoted key managers to critical positions, the first batch of new leaders who will eventually lead Rappler in a challenging world that is redefining its three pillars of journalism, technology, and community.
Gemma B. Mendoza is the new Head of Digital Strategy who will lead Rappler’s evolution in content, data, partnerships, as well as risk management on tech platforms.
Miriam Grace A. Go, current News Editor, is the new head of Rappler’s investigative arm, Newsbreak, and head of Research, who will direct Rappler’s public trust agenda.
Paterno R. Esmaquel II, current senior multimedia reporter, will become the News Editor, who will set Rappler’s daily news agenda, and direct coverage and deployment of reporters.
Paul Fernandez is the new Head of Tech Operations who will direct and supervise technical operations and staff, and be on top of platform and workflow development.
Acor Arceo, current Central Desk editor, is the new Chief of Copy and Editorial Standards who will ensure consistent and across-the-board application of Rappler’s best practices and standards.
Ressa said the changes take effect on November 16 and that more promotions and appointments will be made next year. To know more about the Rappler team and current leaders, check out this page: The Rappler Team.
“Rappler has always been building for the future,” Gloria said. “We are eager to see what our young managers and leaders can and will do to help build a better world.”