HIGHLIGHTS: PH+SocialGood: Manila Journalism Forum


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Join this conversation on September 17, 2014 in Manila where we take a closer look at how information is spread and the role of journalists in times of crisis

MANILA, Philippines – Rappler, Microsoft and the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy kicked off the first of two journalism workshops on the changing landscapes of disasters, journalism, and technology as part of the PH+SocialGood Summit #2030NOW.

The event comes nearly one year after the Philippines suffered two major disasters – a massive earthquake and a super typhoon. These disasters showed that the need for accurate and clear information during times of crisis is just as critical as food and shelter.

In this forum, we tackled the vast changes affecting journalism, technology and various communities. We looked at how story-telling has evolved through the years; how technology can be used to deal with climate change and the impact it leaves behind; and finally, how you can help make sure there are no casualties in the next typhoon.  A team of international experts shared their first-hand experiences in working in disaster situations. Filipino journalists also recounted the heartbreaking and inspiring stories of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

Watch clips from the event below.

The Future of News – Panel Discussion

Reporting on Haiyan: Minding the gaps – Patricia Evangelista

The Global Center for Journalism and Democracy (GCJD) believes journalism is a powerful development tool. It has a 3-fold mission: to train professional journalists; help create healthier relationships between the press and entities it covers; and raise awareness of complex issues. Its training teams include professional journalists, academics, industry experts and innovators.

The Event

Continue the conversation where we take a closer look at how information is relayed before, during, after disasters. We also looked at the role journalists play in educating the public and keeping a watchful eye on those responsible. 


This day is brought to you with the help of the Ayala Foundation and Ayala Land.

The Speakers (in alphabetical order)
Shahira Amin

Shahira Amin is an independent Egyptian journalist based in Cairo. She was Deputy Head of state-owned Nile TV and a senior anchor but resigned her position during the January 2011 uprising in protest at the channel’s coverage of the Tahrir Square protests. Shahira was a longtime contributor to CNN’s Inside Africa from 2002 – 2011 filing stories from Egypt and other North African countries. She now contributes to Index on Censorship, a UK based free expression portal and the News Hub. She has won several international awards including Sweden’s Holmes of the Year Award 2011, Spain’s Julio Anguita Parrado Award 2012, the American University in Cairo’s Catalyst for Change Award 2011, the Global Thinkers Forum Award (Excellence in promoting gender equality) 2013.

Kelli Arena
Executive Director, Global Center for Journalism and Democracy

Kelli is the founding Executive Director of the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy (GCJD). Additionally, Arena is the first recipient of the Dan Rather Chair of Journalism. Arena came to SHSU from Washington, D.C. where she was CNN’s Justice and Investigative Correspondent. She is a globally recognized, award-winning journalist with decades of experience in national and international newsrooms. Well known for her work at CNN, she is also an internationally renowned moderator, engaging some of the world’s most notable and creative thinkers.

As the first recipient of the Dan Rather Chair of Journalism, Arena was hired to bring national attention to SHSU’s journalism department. During her tenure, Arena has developed journalism courses and workshops, created a GCJD speaker series, and has overseen SHSU’s student-run news program Channel 7 News.

Bill Dorman
News Director, Hawaii Public Radio

Bill has been the News Director of Hawaii Public Radio since February 2011, where he also writes and produces the daily feature “The Asia Minute.” He also writes the biweekly column “Asia Matters” for the online publication Honolulu Civil Beat. He previously worked at CNN for 21 years as a writer, producer, and reporter based at various points in Atlanta, New York, Washington DC and Tokyo. He later returned to Tokyo as Managing Editor, Asia Pacific Broadcast for Bloomberg News, responsible for bureaus in Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore and Sydney. He’s covered news from more than a dozen countries, from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Vietnam. His awards include a national Emmy, and recognition from the Overseas Press Club of New York and the New York Film Festival. He has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a BA in English from Dartmouth College. He and his wife and former CNN colleague Noriko Namiki have lived in Hawaii since 2009.

Rick Dunham
Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University
Co-Director, Global Business Journalism Program

Mr. Dunham is a veteran Washington journalist and former president of the National Press Club. He covered the White House for Business Week magazine and the Houston Chronicle and has written about every U.S. presidential election since 1980. Before joining the faculty at Tsinghua, where he teaches multimedia journalism and U.S. media culture, Mr. Dunham was Washington bureau chief of the Houston Chronicle and creator of the popular blog “Texas on the Potomac.” He also served as Hearst Newspapers Washington bureau chief from 2009 to 2012.

From 1992 to July 2007, Mr. Dunham was a Washington correspondent for Business Week, covering issues as diverse as the federal budget, international trade and the Clinton and Bush White Houses. He also was Washington Outlook editor and a weekly columnist for BusinessWeek.com.

Since arriving in China, Mr. Dunham has offered regular news analysis for CCTV’s “Dialogue” program and China Radio International’s “Today” show. He has been interviewed by publications from the United States to Slovakia and Denmark.

Mr. Dunham was on the cutting edge of journalism technology and training in the U.S., serving as president of the National Press Club Journalism Institute from 2006 to 2013. He taught classes and hosted panel discussions at the institute on journalism skills, web content, social media and journalism ethics.

A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Dunham holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from the University of Pennsylvania. He is married to Pamela Tobey, a graphics director at the Washington Post.

Dr. Enia’s research explores the ways in which political and economic institutions structure the incentives around collective action. His current projects explore the roles that political institutions play in mitigating the effects of both natural and man-made disasters.

Patricia Evangelista
Multimedia Manager, Rappler

Patricia is a writer, producer and videographer.

She has covered the refugee camps of Burma and the killing fields of Maguindanao. She was first published as a youth columnist by the Philippine Star, and then went on to write a weekly column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s opinion section that ran for nine years.

Patricia had her start in television journalism as a production assistant for ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel. She went on to produce a number of programs and documentaries, including the groundbreaking narrative series, Storyline.

She is a fellow of the South East Asian Press Alliance, is a Titus Brandsma Awardee for Emergent Journalism and was part of Devex’s 2012 40 under 40. Her various television projects have been recipients of a number of local awards including the Gawad Tanglaw, the Catholic Mass Media Award, as well as three New York Festivals medals.

She writes analysis for Rappler’s Thought Leaders section and is a field reporter for disaster and human rights. She continues to produce political profiles as well as human interest portraits.

Stuart Karle
Former COO, Reuters

Stuart is the General Counsel of North Base Media, a boutique investment firm specializing in journalism-related media and technology companies serving growth markets, especially in the developing world. www.northbasemedia.com.

He was the Chief Operating Officer of Reuters News from 2011 through 2013, with responsibility for the news service’s operations, logistics and safety, and oversight of HR, marketing, legal, facilities and finance globally. Prior to joining Reuters, He was the general counsel for an investment company with interests in television in Eastern Europe and Russia as well as scientific publishing, and had a small media law practice focused on online publishers. He was a lawyer for Dow Jones from 1992-2008 focusing on media law issues and ultimately serving as the General Counsel of The Wall Street Journal. He began his career as a reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and in college was the Editor in Chief and Publisher of the Columbia Daily Spectator. He has lectured at universities around the world, and has for a number of years been an Adjunct Professor teaching media law at the Columbia Journalism School.

Kris Van Orsdel
Director Infrastructure & Local Government Programs for Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, State of New York

Kris is directly involved with the rebuilding efforts in New York State. In June 2013, following the occurrence of Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and most recently Superstorm Sandy– Governor Andrew Cuomo set out to centralize recovery and rebuilding efforts in impacted areas of New York State. Establishing the Office of Storm Recovery, the Governor aimed to address communities’ most urgent needs, while also encouraging the identification of innovative and enduring solutions to strengthen the State’s infrastructure and critical systems. Kris shares his experiences in these programs.

Ma. Regina “Ging” E. Reyes
Senior Vice President, Integrated News & Current Affairs Division
ABS-CBN Corporation

Ma. Regina Reyes is responsible for all newsgathering, content and strategic direction of the Integrated News and Current Affairs Division of ABS-CBN Corporation. She has over 20 years of solid experience as a broadcast journalist. During her leadership, all news platforms of ABS-CBN – free-to-air, UHF and cable channels, digital, mobile and social media, radio and global became integrated. Reyes also established a Futures, Standards and Practices Group that aims to ensure the accuracy, balance and fairness of ABS-CBN News content.

Reyes joined ABS-CBN in 1986 as a Production Assistant, rose from the ranks to become Executive Producer and Head Writer of the award-winning late night newscast, The World Tonight. She supervised and produced live coverage of many special events, including the 2000 Impeachment Trial of former President Estrada. She was appointed News Director in 2001.

Prior to her promotion as SVP of News & Current Affairs, Reyes was the network’s North America News Bureau Chief from 2002 to 2010. A premier news personality in the Filipino-American community, Reyes established and expanded ABS-CBN’s news operations in the US and Canada.

She covered issues on Philippine-US relations, Filipino-American community concerns and US politics, including the historic 2008 US presidential campaign and elections.

Reyes also helped in the community-building efforts of The Filipino Channel in North America. In 2007, she was named by the Filipina Women’s Network as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the U.S.

Follow Reyes on Twitter @gingreyes and on Facebook/ging-reyes

Maria Ressa
CEO, Rappler.com

Maria is CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler.com. She has been a journalist in Asia for more than 25 years, most of them as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila then Jakarta. Maria was one of the founders of independent production company, Probe. For 6 years, she set strategic directions and managed more than 1,000 journalists for the Philippines’ largest news group, ABS-CBN. Her latest book, “From Bin Laden to Facebook,” is part of her work as the Author-in-Residence and Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Political Violence & Terrorism Researchin Singapore. She was named the Southeast Asia Visiting Scholar at CORE Lab at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

JV Rufino
Director of Mobile, Philippine Daily Inquirer

JV handles the editorial content and business strategy for the Inquirer Group’s mobile platform which comprises tablets, e-readers, smartphones, the mobile web and SMS alerts. Their recent achievements have been the Inquirer Kindle edition, the first for a Philippine news organization and the multi-platform Digital Newsstand solution for tablets and smartphones. He also handles the group’s e-book unit. Several e-books have been released covering current events and lifestyle topics.

Sasa Vucinic
Co­Founder & Managing Partner, North Base Media and Founder of IndieVoices
8:00 – 9:00
9:00 – 9:05
Welcome and Introduction to Forum
Chay Hofileña, Head, Investigative Desk and Training, Rappler
9:05 – 9:50
The Future of News (Panel Discussion)
Kelli Arena, Executive Director, GCJD
Stuart Karle, former COO, Reuters and General Counsel, North Base Media
Maria Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler
Ging Reyes, SVP, Integrated News & Current Affairs, ABS-CBN
JV Rufino, Director, Mobile, Inquirer Group
Sasa Vucinic, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, North Base Media and Founder of IndieVoices

This session will set the tone for the entire day. It will cover the evolution of journalism, how technology has influenced and changed the way it is done, how opportunities in the future can be exploited or maximized to bring about better storytelling, transparency, and accountability.

9:50 – 10:25
Panel Q and A and Break
(Kelli, Stuart, Maria, Ging, JV and Sasa take questions from the audience.)
10:25 – 11:10
Session 1
The Political Economy of Natural Disasters
Jason Enia, Political Scientist, Sam Houston State University

Zoom out and look at disasters and the interplay of politics and economics. What trends and patterns can be seen in disaster situations? Given these trends, how can journalists influence policymaking and civic engagement to bring about more responsive, effective and efficient governance?

11:10 – 11:55
Session 2
Preparing for Natural Disaster Reporting
Rick Dunham, Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University Co-Director, Global Business Journalism Program

What are the economic and financial implications of natural disasters? From a journalist’s perspective, what’s the best way to plan and execute disaster coverage? What are the tools, knowledge and skills reporters need when a natural disaster comes and strikes? What kind of information and stories should be provided to the public before, during and after a disaster?

11:55 – 12:25
Panel Q and A
(Jason and Rick take questions from the audience.)
12:25 – 1:30
1:30 – 2:15
Session 3
Journalism and Post-disaster Corruption
Bill Dorman, News Director, Hawaii Public Radio

Corruption in government threatens the viability of a democracy. In a post-disaster situation, victims expect fast government response and rehabilitation because they need to quickly rebuild their lives. When there is considerable bureaucratic delay owing to bidding procedures and commissions collected by officials, what can journalists do? How do they operate ethically in this environment and push for transparency and accountability? Practical tips and tools on how to expose corruption.

2:15 – 3:00
Session 4
Walking the Fine Line Between Journalism and Activism
Shahira Amin, Journalist

Torn between simply reporting what he or she sees and wanting to push for more action, what are the ethical considerations for a journalist walking the fine line of activism? Based on personal experience, what information did she wish she had when she decided to protest state TV coverage in Egypt? If driven by activism, what important issues should journalists consider?

3:00 – 3:15
3:15 – 4:00
Session 5
The Politics of Natural Disaster Recovery
Kris Van Orsdel, Director, Infrastructure & Local Government Programs for Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery State of New York

Post-disaster, how do politics and policymakers affect recovery and rehabilitation? Based on personal experience, what challenges stand in the way of better response to the needs of populations affected by a disaster?

4:00 – 4:45
Session 6
Reporting on Haiyan: Minding the Gaps
Patricia Evangelista, Multimedia Manager, Rappler

Stories of Haiyan: stories of victims, loss, death, hope, resilience. The job of the journalist after a disaster strikes. How journalism, a journalist’s skills and tools can help strengthen a democracy even after a disaster.

4:45 – 5:05
Panel Q and A
(Bill, Shahira, Kris, Patricia take questions from the audience)
5:05 – 5:15
Closing Remarks
Chay Hofileña, Head, Investigative Desk and Training, Rappler

This event is also sponsored by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and the World Vision Development Foundation.

About the Summit

The Social Good Summit is an annual, global event that brings together movers and shakers to discuss how technology and social media can be used for social good.

In last year’s PH+SocialGood Summit, Rappler unveiled Project Agos, kicking off the year-long collaboration integrating disaster mapping, crowdsourcing and social media in a transparent platform combining top-down government workflows with bottom-up civic engagement. 

This year, Rappler takes the Summit to Tacloban on September 20 to highlight the challenges of recovery and rehabilitation one year on from Typhoon Haiyan. 

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You can also follow along on our live blog or join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #2030NOW. -Rappler.com 

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