Saturday, November 12, 2005


Sheila's Coup

As perhaps the best journalist to emerge from the martial law era, Sheila Coronel has covered every major political upheaval in the Philippines since the early 1980s. Her stories about the final years of the Marcos regime and the uncertainty that followed the fall of the dictatorship were published in 1993 in a collection titled "Coups, Cults & Cannibals" and she has written for major international publications, including the New York Times. In 1989, she made what seemed like an odd career choice. She helped form a non-profit organization, one with a long name that didn't exactly sound sexy: the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism.

But her decision to start PCIJ turned out to be a journalistic coup. PCIJ, which has exposed many of the major political scandals in the Philippines over the past 15 years, is now considered a critical media institution in the country. In 2003, Sheila was honored with the Ramon Magsaysay Award for her groundbreaking work in Philippine journalism.

In Part 1 of a 3-part podcast, Coronel talks about PCIJ's latest success: the creation of the PCIJ blog which has become one of the most popular Philippine Websites.



Anonymous jojo said...

Boying, maganda yong interbyu! Congrats sa iyo at kay Sheila. Alam ko na kung bakit galit na galit si Bobi Tiglao at ang Malakanyang sa PCIJ blog.

Mon Nov 14, 12:42:00 AM  
Blogger Benjamin Pimentel said...

Thanks Jojo. Talagang malaki ang nagiging papel ng PCIJ blog. Ingat, Boying

Mon Nov 14, 08:09:00 PM  
Blogger Wil said...

Hello Ben,
I'd like to check out the interviews but i don't have access to speakers at the moment. is there any chance that you will have the interviews in text? If you have it in text, Pinoys in the Motherland can also get a chance to check out the interviews. Hard to listen to interviews in those internet cafes in the Philippines where the guy next to you is playing video games and the girl to your left is chatting with someone overseas. Although, i guess they can use headphones. ;)

Fri Jun 30, 07:43:00 PM  

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