Danilo Arao
The University of the Philippines professor of journalism takes up the challenge of leading Media Asia. Photo of lecture for Ang Lapis ni Rizal by Danilo Arao.

University of the Philippines (UP) professor and journalist, Danilo Arao, has been tapped to be the new editor of the regional journal, Media Asia.

Danilo Arao, a staunch advocate for the rights of Filipino journalists, was announced on November 15 as the new leader of the editorial team of the peer-reviewed journal published by Asian Media Information and Communication (AMIC) Centre and Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Danilo Arao, an associate professor of the Department of Journalism at the UP Diliman College of Mass Communication (CMC), replaces Cherian George, an associate dean of the School of Communication at Hong Kong Baptist University. The new editor will serve as Media Asia chief for one year.

Arao shared to Good News Pilipinas that he is already preparing to lead the journal’s new issues beginning 2020.

“My task as editor is to provide editorial direction to an academic journal that focuses more on actual media practice. I hope that Media Asia will help analyze issues related to media in Asia,” said Arao, a vocal defender of media rights in the Philippines.

“For me, some emerging and persistent issues are commercialism, censorship and impunity. Of course there is a plethora of issues that academics and practitioners are most welcome to write about for the journal,” said the new editor of Media Asia.

AMIC’s Media Asia journal is transitioning to a Filipino professor and journalist editor, Danilo Arao (Left). Credits to AMIC.

The AMIC release presented its new editor as a leader who is bringing to Media Asia his prior experiences as editor of the UP CMC’s peer-reviewed journal Plaridel, the Philippine Journalism Review, and the Social Science Diliman, and as reviewer of manuscripts for other academic journals and publishing houses.

Outside the academe, the UP CMC alumnus worked for seven years as editor-in-chief and research head of IBON Foundation, an independent research think-tank that conducts research on socioeconomic issues.

The AMIC release said “Under Arao’s editorial leadership, Media Asia aims to publish articles on the practice of the media profession, focusing on trends and patterns that could help make sense of the current environment.”

The UP professor is also a special lecturer at the Department of Journalism of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Sta. Mesa, Manila, and had previously taught courses in political science, journalism, and communication at the De La Salle University Manila, Hannam University in South Korea, and Technisché Universität Ilmeanau in Germany.

Arao is a practicing journalist, serving as associate editor of the online publication Bulatlat Multimedia. He also writes a column for the online publication, Pinoy Weekly. He also serve as board secretary of Kodao Productions and is the board treasurer of Alipato Media Center (publisher of Bulatlat Multimedia).

He has authored books in Filipino and English, examples of which are Kuro-kuro [Opinion] (Flipside Publishing, 2015); and The ASEAN guide: A journalist’s handbook to regional integration in Southeast Asia [with M. Löffelholz as co-author] (International Institute for Journalism-GIZ, 2011).

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