Thirty-three working journalists from Asia and Europe including 11 new ACFJ fellows have enrolled in the first semester of the MA Journalism program, school year 2011-2012, being administered by ACFJ under the Ateneo Department of Communication.
Using a blended distance learning method, the program began its online classes on 6 June 2011. The first batch of new ACFJ fellows who have received full financial assistance will arrive in the Philippines on 4 July 2011, while the second group on 8 July 2011 to attend the on-campus sessions on media ethics, media law, and advanced reporting and writing.
Chay Hofilena, board member of Newsbreak magazine and lecturer at the Department of Communication, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, will teach media ethics while Atty. Pablito Perez, vice dean, College of Law, San Beda College, Manila, will handle media law and Professor Kim Kierans, vice president of the University of King’s College, Halifax, Canada, will cover advanced reporting and writing.
ACFJ received a total of 63 applications and inquiries for fellowship to this school’s year’s term and 27 of those were shortlisted.
Of those shortlisted, 11 applicants were granted full fellowship for this first semester covering tuition and miscellaneous fees, and travel, accommodations and living expenses during on-campus sessions.
The ACFJ fellows are Gusti Aryani and Hanni Sofia Soepardi, journalists of Antara News Agency, Indonesia; Phuong Bui, reporter of Nguto Dep Vietnam (beauty magazine, Vietnam; Adelle Liezl Chua-Tulagan, editor of Manila Standard, Philippines; Sheng Fang, journalist of Shenzen Special Zone Daily, China; Paulus Nitbani, reporter of Suara Pembaruan Daily, Indonesia, Seangly Phak, reporter of Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia; Shuman Vasu, journalist of New Strait Ties, Malaysia; Dinesh Wagle, New Delhi Bureau chief at Kantipur Daily and reporter for Kathmandu Post, Nepal; and Rony Zakaria, and contributing member photographer , RU Images, Indonesia.
Jie Xian, broadcaster of the Filipino Service, Southeast Asian Communication Center, China Radio International, China, is the 11th ACFJ fellow who will join the program in the second semester.
Congratulations to the 11 new ACFJ fellows and we look forward to engaging with them.