IWMF Environmental Reporting Fellowships in the Philippines
The IWMF has launched its first-ever reporting fellowship program in the Philippines to transform news media coverage of environmental issues.
Watch the video to meet the fellows and learn more about the IWMF Environmental Reporting Fellowship
Myriad environmental problems – such as pollution, deforestation, and climate change – directly threaten quality of life in the Philippines, yet these issues receive inadequate news media coverage. In addition, much of the reporting being done lacks depth and excludes the voices of those most affected by environmental degradation, especially women.
To address this critical gap in coverage, the IWMF is providing advanced training and coaching to 10 journalists, preparing them to produce innovative reports about environmental problems and solutions, incorporating women's role in and perspectives on environmental issues. By the conclusion of the year-long fellowship, these journalists will become environmental reporting specialists.
Funded by Dole Food Company Inc., the environmental reporting program draws on the IWMF’s proven training model, which features long-term, transformative training, empowerment of women journalists and a commitment of institutional support from top management of local media companies.
Partner News Outlets
Partnering news organizations have agreed to publish or air participating journalists' investigations. They include:
Fellows participating in the IWMF's 2012 Environmental Reporting Fellowship in the Philippines include:
• Kristine L. Alave, GMA News
• Bernardino Balabo, Radyo Bulacan
• Riziel Ann Cabreros, ABS-CBN News Channel
• Rouchelle Dinglasan, GMA News Online
• Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, Interaksyon (TV 5 Online)
• Marilou Guieb, Business Mirror
• Purple Romero, Rappler
• Bong Sarmiento, MindaNews
• Anna Valmero, LOQAL.ph
• Rhodina Villanueva, Philippine Star
Meet the Fellows
The fellows have investigated a variety of environmental issues and published stories on the vanishing mineral riches of Eastern Mindanao, Manila's environmental governance deficit, the vanishing marine life in Bulacan’s coastline, and the biggest mining disaster in the Philippines, among many others.
Read the stories
As part of the year-long fellowship, each fellow gets paired up with a mentor - experienced investigative journalists who lend assistance to the fellows with their projects, including:
Jose Jaime “Nonoy” Espina
Miriam Grace Go
Meet the mentors