Broadcast journalist Jeff Canoy is this year’s recipient of the Marshall McLuhan fellow for excellence in journalism. The award was presented to the ABS-CBN host on August 29 by a Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines John Holmes at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City, Philippines.
Canadian Filipino Net (CFNet) will host Canoy on November 5th on his visit to Vancouver to learn more about Filipino communities in Canada. He will visit other Canadian cities like Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg.
Canoy currently hosts the ABS-CBN’s Red Alert, a public affairs show program on public safety, health and disaster preparedness. As the network’s correspondent, he also covers the Philippine National Police, Department of National Defense, disaster response agencies and writes in-depth investigative pieces for the network.
Canoy’s 2017 special report Buhay pa kami: Dispatches from Marawi won him first prize in the long form essay category of the famed Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and an honourable mention from the Society of Publishers in Asia Awards this year. Dispatches from Marawi details the horrors of war as recounted by civilians and soldiers who witnessed the 2017 civil war.
In September, Canoy represented ABS-CBN in receiving a Golden Dolphin award from the Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards in France for the documentary Di ka pasisiil, also about the war in Marawi. The Cannes award is a first for the Philippines.
The prestigious Marshall McLuhan fellowship grant is awarded annually to a journalist who embodies “outstanding qualities in the field of investigative journalism.” The grant was established in 1997 between the University of Toronto’s McLuhan Program and the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines. Canadian theoretician Marshall McLuhan famously coined the oft-repeated journalism adage “the medium is the message.”
The fellowship consists of a two-week familiarization and lecture tour of Canadian universities and media outlets. The recipient will also go on a lecture tour of Philippine universities hosted by the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines.
Canoy is the 21st McLuhan and joins past fellows Sheila Coronel of Columbia University’s School of Journalism, Ed Lingao of TV5 and Lynda Jumilla also of ABS-CBN.