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Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University (ACFJ)

ACFJ fellow is nominee for Daniel Pearl Award

Syed Nazakat, senior correspondent of The Week magazine in India, has been nominated for the 2010 Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting.  Nazakat, a fellow of the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo, finished the MA Journalism in 2009.

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Kierans is new VP

Prof. Kim Kierans, a long-time adjunct faculty member in the MA  Journalism program, has been named Vice-President of the University  of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her term as VP  commences on 1 July  2010.

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Alumnus receives Young Media Fellowship

A graduate of the MA Journalism program recently received the prestigious Young Media Fellowship. Syed Nazakat, a fellow of the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University from 2007-2009 and a 2009 graduate of the Masters in Journalism program, was one of two Indian journalists to be given the grant by the Australia-India Council.. 

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Diploma in Photojournalism 2010-2011

Call for admission and fellowship applications for Diploma in Photojournalism course

Applications for admission and fellowships are now being accepted until February 12, 2010 for the sixth offering of the Diploma in Photojournalism, the pioneering program of the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University (ACFJ). Admission is limited to 12 students and scholarship slots are available on a competitive basis. 

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M.A. in Journalism Fellowship 2010-2011

ACFJ Opens Slots for 15 Journalism Fellowships

Applications for the 2010-2011 Fellowships for M.A. Journalism are now being accepted by the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University (ACFJ).

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Seeing the world through one’s lens

196 pictures from 27 countries captivate, provoke, disturb, and inspire

AT THE far end of the cold concrete huddles a man wrapped in white linen, a faceless, shapeless form entombed in a tiny space of a thin cloth, his only protection from the harsh Brazilian wind.

It is a common sight in the streets of Sao Paolo, where over 10,000 people are homeless. Along dark alleys, under bridges, in corners, blankets -- bearing the barest outline of a human being -- are strewn about, like disposed of handkerchiefs of some rich man who happened to pass by.

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ACFJ journeys beyond Asia and onto Africa

THE Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University (ACFJ) is now running an online photojournalism program for African journalists covering the 2010 World Cup in Africa.

The World Press Photo, the Amsterdam-based global platform for photojournalism, chose the ACFJ to offer the photojournalism component of the program, “Twenty Ten”, a multidisciplinary media project seeking to strengthen the skills of African journalists from the various media. 

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Journ alumnae bag top Philippine journalism award

M.A. JOURNALISM alumnae Luz Rimban and Diosa Labiste won the top prize at the 2009 Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism (JVOAEJ) for their investigative report "Quedancor swine program:
Another fertilizer scam."
The two were part of the team that also included veteran journalist Yvonne Chua. Rimban and Chua are trustees of VERA Files, an independent media organization that engages in in-depth reporting. Rimban is also faculty of the M.A. Journalism program while Chua is editorial consultant of Asian Currents, the ACFJ journal.
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Program in Visual Journalism unveiled
THE Department of Communication has named international photojournalist David Clark director of the Program in Visual Journalism, an expansion of the photojournalism program first offered by the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University (ACFJ) in 2006. 
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4th ACFJ Forum
ABOUT fifty alumni of the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ) at the Ateneo's journalism graduate course, Asian newsroom leaders, media experts, economic analysts and academicians gathered for this year's forum of emerging leaders in Asian journalism. The fourth since 2006, the forum May 18 and 19 took the theme "Global recession, Asian repercussions" and was held at the MVP Hall CTC 201, Ateneo Loyola Campus.

Asian journalists test  'mojo'
DOES mobile journalism, or 'MoJo', make the news more comprehensible than when it is delivered using traditional modes? Does the immediacy of information that MoJo brings help audiences grasp the story? These were among the questions that 20 journalists and media professionals tried to answer as they took part in a MoJo workshop during the ACFJ's Fourth Annual Forum for Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism, May 18 and 19 at the Ateneo Loyola Campus.
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Economists urge media to put human face in crisis news
THE economic crisis sweeping the world is burying more people into poverty, economists said as they urged media to report about the crisisí toll on the human condition at the ACFJ's Fourth Annual Forum for Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism.
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Crisis draws attention to developing economies' potential - economists
THE economic crisis that began in the US and has shaken the world is forcing a re-evaluation of the potentials of many developing economies including those in Asia.
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Dr. Jong-Wha Lee of ADB: Global Crisis and Asian Economic Integration
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Prof. Leonor Magtolis Briones: Human Face of the Financial Crisis
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Prof. Cielito F. Habito: The Global Economic Crisis, What It Means to Asia
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Prof. Solita Monsod: "Missing" From Media
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Pitik 7 features Pulitzer Prize awardee 
GERMAN photographer Karsten Thielker, 1995 Pulitzer Prize awardee, topbills Pitik 7, the ACFJ forum series in photojournalism, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, 23 April 2009, at the Studio, Department of Communication.
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6 new fellows for photojourn program
SIX photographers have been awarded full scholarship for the Diploma in Photojournalism program offered by the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University (ACFJ).
Together with six others, the six men and women from the Philippines and Indonesia form Batch 5 of the diploma program first offered in 2006.
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Photojourn classes start
THE fifth batch of students of the Diploma in Photojournalism program - Class 09-10 - starts Monday, April 6 with the course Fundamentals of Photojournalism, one of the three core courses.
The group consists of 12 men and women photojournalists and media professionals from the Philippines and Indonesia.
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10 receive MA Journ fellowships
TEN journalists have been awarded the ACFJ Fellowships to pursue the M. A. Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University starting June 2009. 
The grantees are from Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Uzbekistan and the Philippines. 
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8 journalists finish MA Journ
EIGHT more Asians journalists have finished the Master of Arts in Journalism program, bringing to 63 the total recipients of the degree administered by the Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University since 2003.
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ACFJ fellow attending East-West's Senior Journalists Seminar
JOURNALIST Syed Shuja'at Bukhari, ACFJ fellow in M. A. Journalism, has been awarded a fellowship by the Hawaii-based East West Center.
Bukhari, bureau chief of The Hindu, is among 12 journalists from the US and Asia who have been chosen to attend the 6th Senior Journalists Seminar,  a dialogue, travel and exchange program for journalists from the United States and Asian countries with substantial Muslim populations.
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Photojourn alumni heads Xinhua bureau's photo section
LUIS LIWANAG, recent  graduate of  the Diploma in Photojournalism program has been  named chief photographer of the Chinese news agency Xinhua's Manila bureau.
Liwanag, with over 25 years experience as a photojournalist, had contributed to numerous agencies including the Associated Press, Agence France Presse, and the European Pressphoto Agency.
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"Pinoy Spirit" showcases photojourn alumni
PHOTOGRAPHS from the portfolios of graduates of ACFJ’s Diploma in Photojournalism program were featured in “Pinoy Spirit” which ran from Feb. 3 to 7 at the foyer of the Social Sciences Bldg of the Ateneo Loyola Campus.  The exhibit was one of the activities lined up to celebrate the School of Social Sciences (SoSS) week. 
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Rites honor photojourn grads, KAS director
NINE photojournalists and media professionals received their certificates of completion of the Diploma in Photojournalism program during rites held Jan. 26 at the MV Pangilinan Hall of the Ateneo's Loyola School campus.
Dubbed “Parangal: A Recognition Program” the rites also acknowledged the contribution of Werner vom Busch to journalism education at the Ateneo.  Vom Busch has been director of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Media Asia Programme since 2003.
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Is the newspaper downturn creeping into Japan?
NEWS audiences' preference for hurried information and socio-cultural mores may be holding back Japanese media from living up to the country's strong newspaper tradition.
The issue was raised by Prof. Takesato Watanabe, head of the Doshisha University Center for Media and Communication Research, at "An Inside Look at Japanese Media," a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo (ACFJ). The forum,  held Feb. 3 at the Leong Hall of the Ateneo Loyola campus was among the activities lined up for the annual Social Sciences Week, Feb. 3 – 7.
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Potentials of online learning evident, ACFJ chief says
THE experience of ACFJ attests to the potentials of online learning as an effective method, ACFJ executive director Dr Violet Valdez said in a gathering of journalists and academicians in Seoul, Korea recently.
Dr Valdez was speaker at the annual Journalism Conference organized by the Korea Press Foundation and held at the Korea Press Center, Nov. 25 and 26.  The 2008 conference carried the theme “Peace and Prosperity in Asia and the Role of Media.”
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Changing of guards at M.A. Journ
MARIE ESTELLE LADRIDO, faculty member of the Ateneo Department of Communication, has been named program coordinator of the  M.A. Journalism Program effective second semester of the current school year.
Ladrido has been teaching communication subjects notably Media Studies and Broadcast Production and has been adviser for the Master’s Project, the final requirement in the graduate course. In 2005 she was appointed executive director of the Center for Communication Research and Training, a post she will continue to hold.
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Three M.A. Journ courses start
THREE elective courses  for the Master of Arts in Journalism kicked off Jan. 26, formally starting the second half of the semester.
The courses, each running for nine weeks, are Theories in Journalism handled by Dr. Tilman Baumgärtel, Creative Writing by Ramon Sunico and Investigative Journalism by Luz Rimban.
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Asian Currents out
THE latest issue of Asian Currents, a collection of Master’s Projects, photo essays and stories produced by graduates of ACFJ academic programs is out.
The issue contains excerpts from the Master’s  projects of three Filipinos - Marian Trinidad, Odina Batnag, and Joyce Babe Pañares, Som Ratana from Cambodia, Moch Nunung Kurniawan from Indonesia and Rajes Paul Thurai from Malaysia.
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Other ACFJ publications available:
Reporting on ICT
Asian Currents
Blood on Their Hands
Development Journalism

Students and alumni speak out
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Students' works featured
THE ACFJ is featuring the works of the students in its programs.
Among these are stories written by the ACFJ's latest batch of students in the Master of Arts in Journalism.
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