Veteran journalist Ed Lingao has been named the Marshall McLuhan Fellow for 2010 during the Jaime V. Ongpin Journalism Seminar organized by the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) in Makati City on June 24.
Mr. Lingao, currently the multimedia director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, won the distinction for his collective body of work in the different media –print, broadcast, and online.
Among his recent works for the PCIJ include a report on the Maguindanao massacre and on campaign spending in the 2010 elections. He also recently wrote a compelling story on the necessity of the Freedom of Information Act.
The Marshall McLuhan Prize, named after the world-renowned Canadian communication scholar, is the Embassy of Canada’s flagship public diplomacy initiative.
Launched in 1997 to encourage investigative journalism in the Philippines, the Prize underlines Canada’s belief that a strong media is essential to a free democratic society.
The program, with financial support from Sun Life of Canada, provides the winner with a study tour to Canada. This will be an opportunity to interact with media counterparts and to discuss current governance issues with Canadian government officials and members of civil society.
The winner will also have the chance to sit as a fellow at the McLuhan Institute in Toronto.
Presenting the award to Mr. Lingao was Atty. James Trottier, Political Counsellor of the Embassy of Canada. -- press release of the Canadian embassy in Manila