Maria Ressa, Rappler’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, received a Columbia Journalism School Award in New York during the institution’s commencement ceremonies for the class of 2019.
The Columbia Journalism School’s faculty cited Maria Ressa “for the depth and quality of her work, as well as her courage and persistence in the field.”
The school’s highest honor is given annually to journalists “for outstanding accomplishments and a singular journalistic performance in the public interest.”
The former CNN Bureau Chief and lead investigative journalist told the Class of 2019 what they must face after graduation – “The battle for Truth … this is at the heart of protecting our democracies.”
After recalling the many wars she covered and now finding herself in a battle for truth, the multi awarded investigative journalist said there is still hope.
“I find hope from Rapplers. This award belongs to them… The way they used data to fight back. The way our young reporters stand up to power and continue reporting. They are creating the future today, and they inspire me. You are coming of age at a time that matters. What you do matters. What you report, and how you fight for the Truth, matters.Our future depends on you. Congratulations again, Class of 2019. Sleep well tonight. Dream of a better future. Then go and make it happen. Go!”