MANILA, Philippines - Ten Filipino journalists from various media platforms are taking part in the Environmental Investigative Reporting Fellowship, the first reporting program in the Philippines by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF).
Top row, L-R: Bernardino Balabo, Rouchelle Dinglasan, Kristine Alave, Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, Anna Valmero, Bong Sarmiento; Bottom row, L-R: Rhodina Villanueva, Marilou Guieb, Riziel Cabreros, Purple Romero, Nadine Hoffman, IWMF director of programs in Washington D.C., and Imelda Abano, IWMF local program manager.Photo by courtesy of Mabuhay newspaper.
The program’s goal: to produce environmental reporting specialists and to transform how the media covers environmental issues in the country.
In a statement, the foundation said it launched the fellowship to address the inadequate news coverage of environmental problems like pollution, deforestation, and climate change.
Most of the reports done on these issues lack depth and leave out the sides of those greatly affected, especially women, the IWMF said.
Under the year-long fellowship which started on June 20, the journalists from organizations that partnered with the IWMF will undergo advanced training and coaching in investigative and environmental reporting.
They are expected to produce three to four investigations on environmental problems and solutions, which will incorporate the role and viewpoints of women.
Among the participants is Riziel Cabreros of the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC). A segment producer for the newsmagazine profile show “PIPOL on ANC,” she also writes for ANC’s weekend newscasts.
Aside from her work in TV production, Cabreros contributes research and investigative work for an upcoming book on the Supreme Court by journalist Marites Vitug. She has previously worked with Vitug on the 2011 book “Our Rights, Our Victories: Landmark Cases in the Supreme Court”.
The other fellows are:
- Kristine L. Alave, contributing writer for GMA News and reporter for the Philippine Daily Inquirer;
- Bong Sarmiento, journalist for MindaNews;
- Bernardino Balabo, program host on 90.3 FM Radyo Bulacan and correspondent for the Philippine Star and Pilipino Star Ngayon;
- Rouchelle Dinglasan, GMA News producer;
- Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, journalist for Interaksyon.com;
- Marilou Guieb, writer for the Business Mirror and the Women’s Feature Service;
- Purple Romero, reporter for social news network Rappler;
- Anna Valmero, assistant producer with online magazine LOQAL.ph; and
- Rhodina Villanueva, reporter for the Philippine Star.
The program will draw on the IWMF’s training model featuring long-term, transformative training, empowerment of women journalists, and commitment of support from the management of local media outfits. It is funded by the Dole Food Company Inc.
The IWMF, founded in 1990, has conducted programs in 25 countries. It is the only nonprofit organization devoted to strengthening the role of women in the news media worldwide, and involves a network of media workers in more than 130 countries.