ACFJ fellow’s video goes viral

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A video produced by ACFJ fellow Fisher Chenkang Yu on the recent “two sessions,” the Chinese political general assembly, is going viral. The video, entitled “Behind the scenes: The Great Hall of People,” has been gaining tremendous hits (635000 views in three days)and recognition from websites such as Youku, China’s largest video-sharing website, Weibo, China’s biggest micro-blogging website (with over 32000 shares,) and other media groups such as Xinhua News Agency.

9 Mindanao photographers sign up for Panglantaw

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Nine photojournalists from Mindanao in southern Philippines are joining Panglantaw Mindanao: Visual Stories from Mindanawans, an ACFJ project to profile Mindanao news and issues in multimedia stories.

Alumnus appointed member of Washington-based watchdog

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Washington’s Investigative Consortium for Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has just appointed ACFJ’s Syed Nazakat as one of its new members. ICIJ, who recently added 41 new members from 28 countries, is an organization made up of hand-picked professional investigative journalists who tackle global issues. Syed Nazakat, from India, is currently the principal correspondent of the Indian magazine, “The Week,” and is also a visiting faculty at AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Milia Islamia University in New Delhi.

ACFJ fellow takes over as editor-in-chief

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Shujaat Bukhari, a former fellow of Asian Centre for Journalism, has taken over as Editor in Chief of Rising Kashmir, prominent English daily published from Srinagar, the capital of Indian’s Jammu and Kashmir.

GMB Akash featured in Spiegel Online

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GMB Akash, a highly-lauded photographer from Bangladesh currently enrolled in the center’s multimedia journalism program, just had his photograph featured in Germany’s Spiegel Online; Spiegel Online is one of the top news websites in Germany. The photo featured, showing the case of very young prostitutes in Bangladesh, led Akash to bag the third place in the 2010 Unicef photography competition: “Children’s Stories, Documented by Photographers.”

GMB Akash bags special mention award

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GMB Akash, a multi-awarded Bangladeshi photograher currently enrolled in the center’s multimedia journalism program, received a special mention award from the Travel Photographer of the Year (2011,) under the “Best Single-Image in Photo – Exotic” category. The winner of that category was Yeow Kwang Yeo from Singapore.

Two Filipino photojournalists to handle Press Freedom projects in Mindanao

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ACFJ recently appointed two Filipino photojournalists to handle the Mindanao project under the World Press Photo’s Press Freedom 2.0 program in the Philippines. The project aims to set up a visual journalism network in Mindanao that will profile issues identified to the project by the participating NGOs in the local and national media, strengthen the capacity of photojournalists working on Mindanao issues, and provide professional quality photography to participating NGOs.

Kara Santos wins at Popdev Media Awards

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Kara Santos, ACFJ alumna (DPJ 2009), recently bagged Best News Reportage honor at the recent 7th Population and Development (Popdev) Media Awards for her articles on climate change, reproductive rights and student’s education.