Anyone who’s spent any time reading the news over the past couple of months or even surfing social media knows this name—Maria Ressa. Ressa, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021 with Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov for “safeguarding the freedom of expression” largely through her publication Rappler in the Philippines, has been held up as a beacon of hope for fearless and critical investigative journalism everywhere.
But what the founder-CEO is a symbol of is only half the story. Rappler is making great strides for both its journalism and tech. It’s a digital news platform that’s on the up and up while traditional print media in the country crumbles.