Editor/Investigative Desk Head, Rappler
Chay is head of Rappler's Investigative Desk – Newsbreak – and is in charge of training. Before joining Rappler, she was a contributing writer of Newsbreak Magazine and was one of its founding editors. She has written extensively on media issues and authored the book, "News for Sale: The Corruption and Commercialization of the Philippine Media (2004)," published by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. A philosophy major in college, she was drawn to journalism because it allowed her to write about stories that had the potential to make a difference. She co-wrote with Miriam Grace Go the top-selling book on the 2010 Philippine presidential elections, "Ambition Destiny Victory: Stories from a Presidential Election (2011)." She has been the recipient of awards from the Jaime V Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism. Former director of the Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo, Chay also teaches News Writing and Investigative Journalism at the undergraduate level. She obtained her graduate degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism in New York.
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Brexit and the Trump election have brought home to the West the dangers of disinformation and propaganda in the digital age. But the daily manipulation of the truth is an old story to journalists where stories are routinely sold to the highest bidder or spun by armies of government-backed trolls. Here are three reporters on the frontlines, from Craig Silverman's groundbreaking reports in Buzzfeed of fake news, to Chay Hofilena's heroic work at Rappler against Duterte's trolls in the Philippines, to Aniruddha Bahal's exposé at Cobrapost of Indian media taking payoffs.