May 16, 2023 – CFNet editor Eleanor Laquian will host the 2022 McLuhanfellow, veteran journalist and ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) anchor Karmina Constantino, on Wednesday, May 24,in meeting with Filipino community leaders in Vancouver.
Constantino will brief the group on what is happening in the Philippines while the group will tell her how Filipinos are faring in Vancouver.
Established in 1997, the prestigious Marshall McLuhan Fellowship, named after the Canadian media and communication theorist, is awarded yearly by the Canadian Embassy in the Philippines to a recipient "embodying outstanding qualities in the field of investigative journalism."
For 25 years, the Canadian Embassy in the Philippines, with the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, has sponsored this Fellowship. The McLuhan fellow travels to universities across Canada and the Philippines to deliver lectures on a chosen topic in journalism. Because of COVID 19 restrictions, Constantino was not able to go to Canada in 2022. Her trip to Canada this year includes speaking engagements in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver.
The Embassy of Canada in the Philippines presented the annual Marshall McLuhan Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism to Karmina Constantino of the ABS-CBN News Channel, in recognition of her stellar work in the past year.
In presenting the award, Mr. Colin Townson, Chargé d'affaires of the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines, cited Ms. Constantino's professional qualities: “...an unflinching commitment to speak truth to power, an admirable consistency in ferreting out the most complicated issues of the day, and a stirring courage to ask the toughest questions."
He also lauded Ms. Constantino. “This year’s McLuhan Fellowship goes to a journalist whose passion for the craft (that) has seen the ebbs and flows of the news industry in the past two and a half decades and whose wise instinct to clarify and challenge statements and assumptions sheds light into issues thereby shielding the public from the prospects of disinformation."