Name: Liezel Longboan
Organisation: School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies; Cardiff University
Role: PhD Candidate
Country: United Kingdom (UK)
Advocacy journalism has been the main focus of my work prior to starting my postgraduate course in Cardiff University. Between 1997 and 2007, I have been working with and writing for non-for-profit organisations in North Luzon, Philippines. I have contributed to Women’s Feature Service, a not-for-profit feature wire agency focussing on development issues affecting women. I have written stories about various issues that affect the lives of highland women particularly those related to culture, reproductive health, and law. Similarly, I have also managed on a part-time basis Igorota, an alternative magazine published by Igorota Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation working with indigenous women in the Cordillera Region. From a formal NGO magazine, we have re-formatted Igorota into a more readable magazine that features stories from the field about women by women themselves. In May 2006, I participated in the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) Journalism Fellowship Program in Bangkok, Thailand. This short-term fellowship allowed me to write two long feature articles focussing on Islam and women’s right issues. At present, I am a PhD Candidate in the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. My research explores the links between place, online communication, and experiences of marginalization in the reconstruction of identity among diasporic and migrant Filipinos. Specifically, I am looking at email groups for Igorots, an indigenous group from North Luzon, Philippines, whose active members are mostly living and working in the United States, Australia, Canada, and parts of Europe.