Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

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The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) is an independent, non-profit media agency that specializes in investigative reporting. It was founded in 1989 by nine Filipino journalists with the aim of going beyond the day-to-day reportage in newspapers and broadcast agencies.

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Beliefs and objectives

The PCIJ believes that the media plays a crucial role in dissecting issues in a democratic country, and in doing so, it helps strengthen and stabilize the government. The Center contributes to this by providing the citizens with bases for arriving at informed opinions and decisions about concerns occupying the nation. Although it does not plan to replace the work of individual newspapers or radio and television stations, it aims to encourage the growth of investigative journalism and create a culture of it within the Philippine press.


Activities

The PCIJ funds investigative projects for both print and broadcast media. It releases books on current issues and publishes an online report every month. The PCIJ also organizes training seminars for journalists and provides trainers for news organizations in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. In addition, it conducts seminars and studies on issues involving the media and information access.

The PCIJ has published over 300 articles in Philippine newspapers and magazines, produced five full-length documentaries, and released over a dozen books. It has also won major awards, including nine National Book Awards, a Catholic Mass Media Award, and more than two dozen awards and citations from the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Investigative Journalism.

The PCIJ covers a variety of topics, from politics to the environment, from health and business to women and the military. Some of the reports have prompted appropriate government action, especially those which dealt with corruption, public accountability and environmental protection.

The Center receives foundation support for its work. It earns a modest income from its publications, which is used for operational costs.


Board and staff

The PCIJ is run by a 13-person staff presently headed by Executive Director Sheila Coronel, who administers the Center's day-to-day affairs. There are five journalists who write investigative reports and oversee various components of the Center's work. An office manager supervises the administrative work, while a marketing coordinator is in charge of selling PCIJ productions. The Center also employs a researcher and a librarian.

A board of editors, who are composed mostly of the PCIJ's founders, meets every month to guide and assess the Center's operations. The editors are Shiela Coronel, Marites Vitug, Malou Mangahas, Howie Severino, David Celdran, Ma. Ceres P. Doyo, Dominick NA Danao, and Alecks P. Pabicko. A board of advisers, comprised of Jose V. Abueva, Jose Lacaba, Cecilia Lazaro, Tina Monzon-Palma, Sixto K. Roxas, and Jose M. Galang, helps determine the directions of the Center.

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