A distance learning program designed for Asian working journalists who seek to develop and leverage the Asian perspective in their work, intensify their commitment to journalism’s ideals, and be at the cutting-edge in a global, technologically sophisticated environment. A total of 12 courses are taught by an international faculty using blended (i.e. both online and face-to-face learning) methods.
The program accepts about 20 students from various Asian countries each year. As of 2015, more than 200 journalists from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam have enrolled.
The program is administered by ACFJ under the Ateneo Department of Communication.
Twelve courses make up the M.A. Journalism program, with a load of four courses per semester, to be completed in two school years.
6 Core courses
provide a strong foundation and the breadth of context and background needed for today’s dynamic media environment
Media Law and Ethics
Students learn about evolving ethical and legal issues in journalism, focusing on the philosophical foundations of decision-making and how media law and regulatory policies impact the practice of the journalistic profession.
Advanced Reporting and Writing I & II
This course equips students with the skills and techniques of reporting and writing—from story planning and development to in-depth reporting. Besides being trained in critical thinking, students learn a whole range of research strategies and techniques.
The course also provides foundational training for the second Advanced Reporting and Writing class, which in turn, prepares students to thrive in a convergent media environment as they learn about new media technology and storytelling methods for multimedia platforms.
Asia, History, and the Media
Students examine press systems in Asia, with an emphasis on how news media forms and practices interact with historical, social, and political forces. Students are expected to understand the evolution of news media in reference to a historical trajectory that is simultaneously global and national. This is a course that gives the new media professional a solid sense of context against the sometimes chaotic environment of the 24-hour news cycle.
Theories of Journalism
This class introduces the students to key concepts in journalism theory and media theory, with the goal of providing them with a sound theoretical framework for journalistic practice. This is a course that will allow them to reflect on their social and political roles as journalists.
Students learn a variety of techniques now used in managing news organizations. They are encouraged to explore news media structures and make sense of organizational missions and social responsibilities. In the process, they are exposed to the study of real-life personnel management concerns as well as professional and ethical issues.
5 Elective courses
provide intensive training on a wide range of specialized fields.
Among these are:
- Journalistic Writing for Multimedia
- Editorial and Opinion Writing
- International Reporting
- Investigative Journalism
- Media and Politics
- Computer-assisted Reporting / Data Journalism
- Reporting about Conflict and Peace
1 Comprehensive examination
1 Master’s Project
This culminating final project can either be an in-depth report or a study of journalism institutions, practices, and processes. It represents a synthesis of the journalist’s accumulated knowledge, skills, and values. It also provides this journalist the opportunity to contribute insights and new knowledge to Asian journalism as well as to reflect on issues of regional importance.
LEARNING VIA THE INTERNET
Courses are taught using Internet-based distance education methods, a truly convenient platform for working journalists. With online classes, they can pursue their studies at their own time and in any place of their choice—home, office, or café—without major disruptions to their careers and personal lives.
Core courses are taught using a fusion of online and on-campus methods. Electives and Master’s Projects take place entirely online, while the cognate courses are taken on-campus.
The ACFJ Fellowships for MA Journalism sponsor Asian journalists who can demonstrate excellence in their work and are contributing in a significant way to the press in their own societies. Full grants cover tuition fees, books, and travel (international and domestic) and living expenses for the on-campus sessions. Other forms of support are available to senior journalists, teachers, and part-time working journalists.
Those who do not qualify for a fellowship can apply for admission to the M.A. Journalism program as paying students, provided they pass the criteria for admission to the Ateneo Graduate School and the M.A. Journalism program. The deadlines for application to the Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School for the first semester are 31 March 2016, for international applicants who are applying from abroad; 14 May 2016, for Philippine-based international applicants; and 15 June 2016, for Filipino applicants. Applications for the M.A. Journalism program may also be downloaded below.
DEADLINE FOR 2016 ACFJ FELLOWSHIPS
Applications for the 2016 ACFJ Fellowships for MA Journalism program must be submitted by 05 February 2016 to email@example.com or to the ACFJ business address. More details about the submission of application forms and supporting documents may be found below.
Those who do not qualify for a fellowship can apply for admission to the M.A. Journalism program as paying students, provided they pass the criteria for admission to the Ateneo Graduate School and the M.A. Journalism program. The deadlines for application to the Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School for the first semester are 31 March 2016, for international applicants who are applying from abroad; 14 May 2016, for Philippine-based international applicants; and 15 June 2016, for Filipino applicants. Applications for the M.A. Journalism program may be downloaded from the ACFJ website.
Submission of application forms and supporting documents
Option 1: Download the forms below (see Checklist of Requirements for ACFJ Fellowships for MA Journalism) and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the email subject ATTN: 2016 MA Journalism Fellowships – surname of applicant.
Option 2: Download the forms below (see Checklist of Requirements for ACFJ Fellowships for MA Journalism) and send them to the ACFJ business address:Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University 3F Social Sciences Building, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108 Philippines
for MA Journalism
Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School
*Please remind your endorsers to submit their recommendations directly to ACFJ by 05 February 2016.
**All non-English documents must be submitted together with a certified English translation
Note: Applicants must also keep copies of all documents submitted. ACFJ reserves the right to keep or otherwise dispose all materials submitted six months after the start of the program.
Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School
Note: ACFJ will forward your application documents to the Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs. For more information, you may refer at http://www.ateneo.edu/ls/graduate-programs.