Rappler’s Patricia Evangelista receives Marshall McLuhan fellowship in Canada

Patricia Evangelista
Rappler’s Patricia Evangelista at the Toronto City Hall. Via @EmbassyofCanadaManila

Rappler’s Patricia Evangelista is this year’s 2019 Marshall McLuhan fellow.  

The Marshall McLuhan Fellowships were established in 1997 and is awarded every year to a philippine reporter with demonstrated achievements in the field of investigative journalism.

The Marshall McLuhan Fellowship is a public diplomacy initiative by the Embassy of Canada in Manila, in partnership with the Media Ethics Lab and the Estate of Marshall McLuhan.


Patricia Evangelista is a reporter for Rappler, an online news organization based in the Philippines.

Evangelista is known for her reports on human and reproductive rights issues in the Philippines.

She has worked for the Philippine Star and the Philippine Daily Inquirer, as well as for Rogue Magazineand UNO.

She got her start working as a production assistant for ANC, where she produced Storyline.

She is currently in Canada as this year’s Marshall McLuhan Fellow. She spoke at St. Michael College at the University of Toronto on November 18.

Her presentation titled ”Reporting the Voiceless: Mainstreaming Marginalized Issues in the Media” discussed her experiences in working on difficult issues such as human rights violations and extra-judicial killings in the Philippines, exploring how journalists like herself can responsibly communicate the untold stories of marginalized people.


Marshall McLuhan was a Canadian philosopher whose work laid the foundations of media theory.

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, McLuhan studied at the University of Manitoba.

He taught at several universities across North America including the University of Toronto.

McLuhan is credited at coining the phrases ”The Medium is the Expression” and ”Global Village”.

His work was the subject of much discussion until the 1970s, and experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent times, thanks to the advent of internet and social media.

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