Rappler’s Patricia Evangelista receives AFP Kate Webb Prize

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Rappler’s Patricia Evangelista receives AFP Kate Webb Prize
The prize recognizes exceptional journalism in dangerous or difficult conditions by Asian journalists

SINGAPORE –  Rappler’s multimedia manager Patricia Evangelista received the 2014 Kate Webb Prize from Agence France-Presse on Friday, October 17, for her compelling reporting on conflict and disaster in the Philippines.

The prize recognizes exceptional journalism in dangerous or difficult conditions by Asian journalists.

Evangelista spent a month reporting from fishing and farming communities devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful storm ever recorded on land, which left nearly 8,000 people dead or missing in November 2013.

She travelled to the disaster zones of the central Philippines only weeks after returning from covering a 21-day stand-off between the military and Muslim rebels in Zamboanga in the south of the country in which more than 200 people died.

“On both occasions, Patricia chose to focus on the people affected,” Gilles Campion, AFP’s director in the Asia-Pacific region, said at an award ceremony in Singapore.

“Patricia is already an incredibly mature and talented text and video journalist,” he said of the 29-year-old Evangelista.

Evangelista received a certificate and a 3,000-euro ($3,800) cash prize.

PATRICIA EVANGELISTA while on coverage in Tacloban City after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) devasted Eastern Visayas in the Philippines. Photo by Jake Verzosa

‘Worthy successor’

The prize is named after New Zealander Kate Webb, one of AFP’s finest correspondents, who died in 2007 at the age of 64.

Webb earned a reputation as a fearless reporter while covering wars and other historic events in Asia during a career spanning four decades.

Webb’s sister Rachel Miller said at the award ceremony that Webb would have been proud of Evangelista.

“You are a worthy successor,” Miller said.

Photo from AFP

The prize is administered by the AFP Foundation – a non-profit organization set up to promote press freedom through training journalists in developing countries — and the Webb family.

Evangelista is the second Philippine winner of the prize.

In 2009, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) was recognized for its outstanding contributions to press freedom.

The prize was first awarded in 2008 to Pakistani reporter Mushtaq Yusufzai for his coverage of the dangerous tribal lands bordering Afghanistan.

Other winners were Indian reporter and photographer Dilnaz Boga, and Indonesian investigative journalist Stefanus Teguh Edi Pramono.

Below are some of Evangelista’s stories on Haiyan and Zamboanga:

Sta. Catalina

Director and editor: Paolo Villaluna
Writer and producer: Patricia Evangelista
Assistant Director: Raymund Amonoy
Researcher: Joseph Suarez
Score: Pike and Veena Ramirez
Additional news footage: Adrian Portugal

The Children of Sta. Barbara
Director and editor: Paolo Villaluna
Writer and producer: Patricia Evangelista
Assistant Director: Raymund Amonoy
Researcher: Joseph Suarez

The Captain’s Journal
Photography: Carlo Gabuco
Writer and editor: Patricia Evangelista
Score: Malek Lopez

Eighty-eight
Director and editor: Gym Lumbera
Writer and producer: Patricia Evangelista
Researcher: Aiah Fernandez
Score: Armi Millare

The Barber of Guiuan
Director, writer and editor: Patricia Evangelista
Assistant Director: Naoki Mengua

– with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com 

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