EWC Seminars Live



Designed for multinational journalists and informed audiences, EWC Seminars Live is a bimonthly webinar and briefing series that seeks to inform, connect, and source media stories.

The EWC Seminars Live webinars provide increased exposure and interconnectivity among media professionals and experts via globally accessible speaking events. The webinar themes have been sourced from a recent survey of over 165 journalists and are open to all registrants.

The EWC Seminars Live briefings provide on-the-record access to newsworthy experts, government officials, business executives, civil society leaders, and artists in an interactive and engaged online format. The briefings are intended to build American and international journalists’ networks and inspire future story ideas.

EWC Seminars Live webinars are unrestricted and open to the public, in addition to journalists from across the globe. EWC Seminars Live briefings are restricted and only partially open to the public. Speaker remarks are publicly accesssible, but an interactive Q&A session is limited on a first-come-first-serve basis to a maximum of 15 working journalists from any country. Freelancers are also eligible. Fluency in English is required of those participating in the briefings.


Upcoming Webinars & Briefings


Maria Ressa: Press Freedom Under Fire

Tuesday, July 14 | 4:00 – 5:30pm, Hawaii time
Wednesday, July 15 | 10:00 - 11:30am, Manila time

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Journalists around the world have seen increased attacks on press freedom. Acclaimed Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, a global advocate for press freedom, was recently sentenced up to six years in prison for cyber libel. The conviction, which she is appealing, has been protested by supporters around the world who believe the charges were fabricated in retribution for her unflinching coverage of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s Administration. Ressa, CEO and executive editor of the Rappler, has also led a battle against disinformation, particularly against what she calls the "weaponization" of social media platforms by authoritarian leaders and extremists. After her conviction Maria warned: “We are meant to be a cautionary tale…Don’t be afraid -- if you don’t exercise your rights, you will lose them.”

In 2018 Time magazine recognized Maria, along with several other persecuted or killed journalists the magazine called "the Guardians," as Person of the Year. The East-West Center also honored Maria as a "Journalist of Courage and Impact" at the 2018 International Media Conference in Singapore. Maria's EWC Seminars Live remarks will focus on attacks on press freedom and democracy around the world, in addition to her own case.

Maria Ressa will speak as the East-West Center's 2020 George Chaplin Fellowship in Distinguished Journalism honoree. The George Chaplin Fellowship in Distinguished Journalism was established in 1986 to honor the leadership and ideals of the late George Chaplin, an enthusiastic advocate of cultural exchange and former editor-in-chief of The Honolulu Advertiser. Chaplin Fellows are chosen because of their significant contributions to journalism.

Viewers may submit questions in advance by emailing seminars@eastwestcenter.org and may also join the conversation on Twitter #EWCSeminarsLive.



  • Maria RESSA, CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler, Manila, Philippines @mariaressa


  • Sheila CORONEL, Distinguished Director, Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Co-founder, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism @SheilaCoronel

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Mahalo to Splice for partnering with the East-West Center on this important EWC Seminars Live webinar


Frontline Reporting from COVID Hot Spots Webinar

Thursday, July 2nd | 4:00 – 5:30pm, Hawaii time
(Friday, July 3rd in Asia)

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Journalists in COVID-19 hot spots have faced unprecedented professional challenges and personal risks to cover life and death issues. Our seven US and Asian speakers have been on the ground reporting from Wuhan’s seafood market and hospitals amid local government cover-ups; in East Asian streets and Seattle nursing homes as the deadly virus spread; and in South Asia with massive migrations of hungry workers escaping India’s locked-down cities and hundreds of Pakistani journalists contracting the virus. Journalists have still faced growing government threats and media shutdowns. Hear the journalists' insights, back stories, challenges and lessons learned in the face of an expected second wave.

The panel moderators will open the discussion to registered viewer questions by approximately 4:50pm. Viewers may submit questions in advance for panelists by emailing seminars@eastwestcenter.org or during the webinar by using the Q&A function in Zoom. Viewers may also join the conversation on Twitter #EWCSeminarsLive.


Panelists: (listed in speaking order)

  • Linda LEW, Reporter, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong SAR @Lindadalew
  • Ramy INOCENCIO, Asia Correspondent, CBS News, Beijing, China @RamyInocencio
  • Jungmin LEE, Reporter, Korea Broadcasting System, Seoul, South Korea @jungminleee98
  • Ruth CABAL, Senior Correspondent, CNN Philippines, Manila, Philippines @ruthcabal15
  • Daniel BEEKMAN, Staff Reporter, The Seattle Times, Washington, USA @DBeekman
  • Saumya KHANDELWAL, Freelance Photojournalist, New Delhi, India @saumyaphotos
  • Aneela KHALID, National Correspondent, Independent Urdu, Peshawar, Pakistan @aneelakhaled


  • Annalisa BURGOS, KITV-4 Island News, Honolulu, HI, USA @annalisaburgos

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Past Webinars & Briefings


Fighting Disinformation on the Frontlines Webinar

Tuesday, June 16th | 4:00 – 5:30pm, Hawaii time

It is imperative that societies have access to accurate information in critical moments such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Disinformation can have life and death consequences. At the same time, there is growing distrust in health experts and scientific data. Hear from diverse experts in the U.S. and Asia Pacific engaged in combating disinformation on the front lines through international and community fact-checking networks, social media platforms, and news literacy education.

The panel moderators will open the discussion to registered viewer questions by approximately 4:50pm. Viewers may submit questions in advance for panelists by emailing seminars@eastwestcenter.org or during the webinar by using the Q&A function in Zoom. Viewers may also join the conversation on Twitter #EWCSeminarsLive.


Panelists: (listed in speaking order)

  • Alan C. MILLER, Founder and CEO, News Literacy Project, Washington, DC, USA @alanmillerNLP
  • Baybars ÖRSEK, Director, International Fact-Checking Network, Florida, USA @baybarsorsek
  • Harry SUFEHMI, Founder, MAFINDO, Jakarta, Indonesia @sufehmi
  • Aya LOWE, Strategic Partner Development, APAC, Facebook, Singapore @AyaLowe


  • Susan KREIFELS, Media Programs Manager, East-West Center @EWCSeminars
  • Katie BARTELS, Program Coordinator, East-West Center @EWCSeminars

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Contact Information 

For registration questions:

Sara Lam
Seminars Program Assistant
Phone: 1-808-944-7727

For content questions:

Susan Kreifels
Media Programs Manager
Phone: 1-808-944-7176