Therese Patricia San Diego Torres

Director Research, Policy, and Advocacy

Therese Patricia San Diego Torres is the director of the Research, Policy, and Advocacy Unit of the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) in Manila, Philippines. She is a faculty member at the Miriam College Department of Communication and the secretary of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) Philippine chapter.     Since 2009, she has worked on projects in various areas such as media and information literacy and the safety of journalists, with support from UNESCO, UNICEF, Google, the British Embassy Manila, and the European Union, among other partners. These include the UNESCO-supported “Media and Information Literacy in Youth Civic Engagement in the Philippines” project and the EU-funded “Safeguarding Press Freedom in the Philippines” project, through which the Philippine Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists (PPASJ) was crafted in a multi-stakeholder, participatory process.      Her studies on media and information literacy, mindful journalism, and the safety of journalists have been published by UNESCO, Nordicom, International Media Support, SAGE Publications, IGI Global, and Public Media Alliance. She collaborates on studies with researchers and media practitioners around the globe. These efforts earned her an invitation to serve as an Honorary Member of Media Action Nepal, where she supports and participates in international cooperative initiatives.     She actively takes the opportunity to amplify findings from projects and studies by participating in international conferences and activities. Most recently, in March 2024, she shared the work of AIJC and IAWRT Philippines in connection with the safety of women journalists at the 68th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters.    Torres graduated cum laude from Miriam College with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts, and received her master’s degree in Communication Management, with high distinction, from AIJC. 

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