The on-campus sessions for eight Asian working journalists, who are currently enrolled in the Diploma in Multimedia Journalism (DMJ) program, began on 20 April 2015 at the Social Sciences Building, Ateneo de Manila University.
Prof Rowena Anthea Azada-Palacios, faculty member of Ateneo de Manila University Department of Philosophy, and Michael Josh Villanueva, technology journalist, multimedia producer and digital strategist, are facilitating the on-campus sessions, a concluding event for the first course in the DMJ program—Principles and Ethics of Multimedia Journalism. In this course, students are introduced to principles of journalism, ethical principles, basic storytelling, and basic production techniques, forms of multimedia storytelling, writing for multimedia, and multimedia professional practice.
Among the eight participants are: Shweta Bajaj (CCTV News, India); Gunjan Sharma (The Week, India); Derf Hanzel Maiz (Balita FM, Philippines); Al-Emrun HM (Associated Press Television News, Bangladesh); Ari Mendrofa (independent videographer, Indonesia); Yuchen Zhang (China Daily); Ignatius Suryo Wibowo (PT Tempo Inti Media, Indonesia); and Sarah Jane Velasco (International Committee of the Red Cross, Philippines).
ACFJ Diploma in Photojournalism graduate Aaron Vicencio serves as the program coordinator.
DMJ is a one-year program that seeks to provide Asian working journalists with a broad perspective and the practical skills to undertake cross-platform multimedia journalistic projects. The program, which consists of five courses, allow students to rethink and reimagine packaging to presenting stories online and across multiple platforms. It uses blended learning methods—online and face-to-face learning—that allow working journalists to pursue studies on their own time and at their own place of work or residence.