Newsbreak (magazine)

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Categories News magazine
Year founded 2001 (magazine), 2006 (online)
First issue January 24, 2001
Country Philippines

Newsbreak is an award-winning online news and current affairs magazine published in the Philippines. It began publication as a weekly magazine on January 24, 2001 and converted to its current format in 2006. Newsbreak is now part of the Rappler service.

Newsbreak has published stories covering various issues that concern Congress, the presidency, security sector, judiciary, the media, local governments, elections, business and the economy. The magazine is most notable as a watchdog, having published investigative reports on social ills and corruption. Newsbreak's writers have consistently been nominated for the Ongpin awards since its inception.

Since its migration to online publication, Newsbreak has come out with various special editions covering topics such as the 2007 Philippine Elections, the scandal-laden Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, and Corporate Social Responsibility, to name a few (see links below). It is currently a partner of the media corporation, ABS-CBN, where they manage the website of its news and current affairs division,


Newsbreak, on June 26, 2008 received the top awards in the 19th Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism, the most prestigious award for journalism in the Philippines. It's Glenda Gloria's "Trapped in a Web of Lives" and Roel Landingin's "The Battle for Manila's Gateway," both published in Newsbreak magazine, won the top prizes. The Canadian Embassy gave the Marshall McLuhan Prize to Gloria for Newsbreak. Her prize included a study tour of Canada. The Australian Embassy bestowed the Australian Ambassador's Award, a travel grant, to Newsbreak's Landingin.[1]

Newsbreak also won the Jaime V. Ongpin Award in 2001 for its investigative reporting on the unexplained wealth of Makati City mayor Jejomar Binay. The piece was written by its current Assistant Managing Editor, Miriam Grace Go. In 2007, Newsbreak's Carmela Fonbuena won the JVO Award for Explanatory Writing Category for her article "Seeing Red." Aries Rufo also gained recognition from the same award-giving body in 2004 for his work, "Sins of the Father."

Ms. Go and Mr. Rufo placed third in the Asian Development Bank in its Developing Asia Journalism Awards, which was held in Tokyo back in 2004.


Newsbreak's editor-in-chief, Marites Dañguilan-Vitug, was named number forty-five in the Eurasia Group Global Leaders 50 of 2006. Ethical Corporation also gave recognition to Newsbreak's Business Editor, Lala Rimando, as one of the 15 leaders who made a difference in 2007, sharing the limelight with the likes of former US President Bill Clinton and former US Vice President Al Gore.[2]

In its review of the magazine, The New York Times characterized Newsbreak as a publication that challenges taboos. Likewise, Foreign Policy described Newsbreak as "comprehensive…and helps place the ordinary lives of Mindanao’s people in a political context." [3]

Special Editions[edit]

  • What we've learned: our post 2007 elections special[4]
  • Trafficked! Why are we losing our women?[5]
  • Transparency in Government[6]
  • Dirty Deal: the A to Z of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3[7]
  • Corporate Social Responsibility[8]
  • The Big Dig: Mining Rush Rakes up Tons of Conflict


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