2019 Shorenstein Journalism Award Panel Discussion with Maria Ressa

Date and Time

October 21, 2019 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM


RSVP Required.


Koret-Taube Conference Center
at the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn SIEPR Building
366 Galvez St.
Stanford, CA 94305

2019 Shorenstein Journalism Award Recipient Maria Ressa to Headline Award Panel Discussion
Philippines investigative journalist Maria Ressa is the CEO and executive editor of Rappler. More details about the award panel discussion forthcoming.


Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa is the CEO and executive editor of Rappler, one of the leading online news organizations in the Philippines. Ressa has been a journalist in Asia for more than 30 years and has been honored around the world for her courageous and bold work in fighting disinformation, “fake news” and attempts to silence the free press. In 2018, she was named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" and won the prestigious Golden Pen of Freedom Award from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, the Knight International Journalism Award of the International Center for Journalists, the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Journalist of Courage and Impact Award of East-West Center, and the IX International Press Freedom Award of University of Málaga and UNESCO, among others.

She was CNN’s bureau chief in Manila then Jakarta, and became CNN’s lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in Southeast Asia. In 2005, she managed ABS-CBN News and Current affairs, the largest multi-platform news operation in the Philippines. Her work aimed to redefine journalism by combining traditional broadcast, new media and mobile phone technology for social change.

Ressa is the author of two books — From Bin Laden to Facebook (2012), which traces the spread of terrorism from the training camps of Afghanistan to Southeast Asia and the Philippines, and Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of Al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia (2003).

Larry DiamondLarry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University, professor, by courtesy, of political science and sociology, and principal investigator at the Global Digital Policy Incubator within FSI’s Cyber Policy Center. He also codirects the Program on Arab Reform and Democracyat FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law.

Diamond is the founding coeditor of the Journal of Democracyand serves as senior consultant at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy. His research focuses on democratic trends and conditions around the world and on policies and reforms to defend and advance democracy. His most recent book, Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency, analyzes the challenges confronting liberal democracy in the US and around the world at this potential “hinge in history,” and offers an agenda for strengthening and defending democracy at home and abroad. His other books include In Search of Democracy(2016), The Spirit of Democracy(2008), and Developing Democracy: Toward Consolidation(1999). He has also edited or coedited more than forty books on democratic development around the world.

Prashanth ParameswaranDr. Prashanth Parameswaran is senior editor at The Diplomat based in Washington, D.C., where he produces analysis on Southeast Asian political and security issues, Asian defense affairs, and U.S. foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific. Previously, he worked on Asian affairs at several think tanks, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He holds a PhD and an MA in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a BA in foreign affairs and peace and conflict studies from the University of Virginia.

Parameswaran’s analysis on politics and security issues in the Asia-Pacific has been widely featured and cited in several leading regional and international publications, including The Financial Times, Foreign Policy, The Straits Times, and The South China Morning Post. He has also authored policy reports, journal articles, and book chapters on Asian security trends, participated frequently in key regional forums and dialogues, and consulted for governments and companies. He currently serves as a member of the selection committee for the Shorenstein Journalism Award.
Panel Chair:

Don EmmersonDonald K. Emmerson is senior fellow emeritus at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. An expert on Southeast Asian affairs, his research interests include issues such as sovereignty disputes in the South China Sea, China-Southeast Asia relations, U.S. Asia policy, and the future of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). At Stanford, Emmerson is also affiliated with the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law and with Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. He has taught courses on Southeast Asia in the International Relations and International Policy Studies Programs, in the Department of Political Science, and for the Bing Overseas Studies Program.

He has authored and edited numerous articles and books, and is also active as an analyst of current policy issues involving Southeast Asia. In his forthcoming edited volume, The Deer and the Dragon, leading experts explore key issues and aspects of Southeast Asia’s interactions with China, including regional security, maritime expansion, trade dependence, infrastructure diplomacy, and related foreign-policy options and actions. Emmerson has participated in many policy-related working groups focused on topics such as U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia, regionalism in East Asia, democratization in Asia, Indonesian political economy, and the future of Myanmar. In 2010 the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars awarded him a two-year research associateship given to “top scholars from across the United States” who “have successfully bridged the gap between the academy and policy.” He holds a PhD in political science from Yale and a BA in international affairs from Princeton.

About the Shorenstein Journalism Award:
The Shorenstein Journalism Award, which carries a cash prize of US $10,000, recognizes outstanding journalists who have spent their careers helping audiences around the world understand the complexities of the Asia-Pacific region, defined broadly to include Northeast, Southeast, South, and Central Asia and Australasia. Award recipients are veteran journalists with a distinguished body of work. News organizations are also eligible for the award.
The award is sponsored and presented by the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) at Stanford University. It honors the legacy of the Center’s benefactor, Mr. Walter H. Shorenstein, and his twin passions for promoting excellence in journalism and understanding of Asia. It also symbolizes the Center’s commitment to journalism that persistently and courageously seeks accuracy, deep reporting, and nuanced coverage in an age when attacks are regularly launched on the independent news media, on fact-based truth, and on those who tell it.
An annual tradition, the Shorenstein Journalism Award alternates between recipients whose work has mostly been conveyed through American news media and recipients whose work has mostly been conveyed through news media in one or more parts of the Asia-Pacific region. Included among the latter candidates are journalists who are from the region and work there, and who, in addition to their recognized excellence, may have helped defend and encourage free media in one or more countries in the region.
The award day is held at Stanford in the fall quarter. In addition to an acceptance speech at the award ceremony, the winner is expected to deliver a keynote address featured as part of a Shorenstein APARC-hosted public panel discussion on a topic relevant to his/her work. Learn more at https://aparc.fsi.stanford.edu/events/shorenstein-journalism-award.
Open to the public
RSVP required by Friday, October 18, 2019