Master of Arts in Journalism
The master’s program is a distance-learning program offering 12 courses, or 36 units. It rests on a solid foundation in the ethics and principles of journalism and provides training in reporting a wide range of news and issues. The core courses are Media Law and Ethics, Advanced Reporting and Writing, Asia, History, and the Media, Theories of Journalism, and Newsroom Management. The range of electives – including Journalistic Writing for Multimedia, Editorial and Opinion Writing, International Reporting, Investigative Journalism, Media and Politics, Computer-assisted Reporting / Data Journalism, and Reporting about Conflict and Peace – provides intensive training in covering specialized news and hones critical thinking. Cognate courses in the Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences, and Management allow further specialization and provide a foundation for an intelligent understanding of news and issues.
The core courses are taught using a blended online and on-campus method while electives take place fully online.
Faculty members from Asia, Australia, Europe and North America, and students from various Asian countries bring a broad perspective into the discussions, promoting a critical and comprehensive understanding of events.
About 20 students are admitted each year. As of 2015, more than 200 working journalists from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam have enrolled.
The program is run by ACFJ under the Department of Communication of the Ateneo de Manila University.
Diploma Program in Visual Journalism
ACFJ’s diploma programs provide comprehensive training to journalists who wish to venture into new media and hone skills they need to be competent in a converged newsroom.
A merger of two programs–Diploma in Photojournalism and Diploma in Multimedia Journalism –the DVJ program is a blended learning course aimed at giving media practitioners a wider theoretical and practical perspective on visual storytelling for news events.
The DVJ program is composed of five courses: Fundamentals of Visual Journalism, Visual Storyteling/Literacy, Journalistic Writing for Multimedia, Multimedia Platform Practices, Final Portfolio and Publication. Near the end of the program is the on-campus session where students gather face-to-face for the portfolio presentation that caps the program.
A certificate course provides training in a specific genre or field of reporting such as Writing for Social Media and Mobile Journalism. It consists of three to six modules taken either online.
The certificate program offerings vary from year to year.