My name is Monica Magpantay and I work for ABS-CBN, one of the biggest broadcast companies in the Philippines. I have extensive experience in producing on-air and social media content for various treatments: from news, breaking news, lifestyle, and sports. My dream is to be a stringer, and/or eventually, be able to have the necessary skills to lead a local newsroom in the Philippines.
To reach that dream, I am going back to the academe. I finally got an unconditional offer of place at the London School of Economics and Political Science, one of the top universities in the WORLD when it comes to communication and social sciences.
To be transparent, I am financially prepared to pay for tuition and accommodation. However, I have to admit that I would need some buffer for my living expenses in London, and I would gladly appreciate and accept any help. I set the limit at P500,000, but GoGetFunding is a 'keep-it-all' crowdfunding site meaning that even if I don't reach my fundraising goal, I still keep all of the funds raised.
Let me tell you more about myself.
From 2008 to 2015, at the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), I had been part of rolling election coverages, as well as live broadcasts of Congressional and Senate investigations.
I was also one of the first social media administrators of ANCAlerts, ANC's official social media handle, which found its niche during natural disasters and emergency response situations during the early days of Facebook and Twitter.
From 2015-2018, I have been a strong presence at ABS-CBN Sports and Action. While I honed my news sense at ANC, I was able to focus on my producing and creative skills at the sports department, as stories took longer to brew, giving me a chance to really immerse myself in the story.
My course in LSE is MSc Social and Public Communication, a program that will familiarize students with social psychological theory and research regarding public communication as a core aspect of contemporary life. Thus, this is my main objective for studying abroad: I would like to be part of a new crop of journalists with new ways of sending "the message", while keeping my social responsibility as a part of the fourth estate.
Those close to me know how much this took out of me, asking for help from others. But I have let so many things in life pass me by and I have decided this is not going to be one of them. I am not letting this boat sail without me in it.
This is important. This is beautiful. This is mine. And I can take the other ghost ship when I'm, maybe, 95 years old and can't put up a fight.