Master of Arts, Major in Journalism
A distance learning program designed for Asian working journalists who seek to develop the Asian perspective in their work, intensify their commitment to journalism’s ideals and be at the cutting-edge in a global, technologically sophisticated environment. The coursework consists of 12 courses taught by an international faculty using blended online learning methods.
About 20 students from various Asian countries are admitted each year. As of 2006, 33 working journalists from Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Sri Lanka have earned the degree.
The program is administered by ACFJ under the Ateneo Department of Communication. Coursework
• Core courses are Advanced Reporting and Writing, Media Ethics, Media Law
• Elective courses include Advanced Computer-assisted Reporting, Media Economics, Media and Politics, Newsroom Management, Investigative Journalism, Writing for Broadcast, Issues in Photojournalism
• Cognate courses may be chosen from any of the following fields: Humanities, Social Sciences, Management, Natural Sciences, Engineering. Diploma Programs
ACFJ’s diploma programs provide comprehensive training for journalists seeking to acquire multimedia skills and to be competent in a converged newsroom. Offerings vary from year to year. Diploma in Online Journalism
• Online Journalism
• Computer-assisted Reporting
• Reporting about Information Technology Diploma in Photojournalism
• Core courses are Fundamentals of Photojournalism, Newsgathering and Reporting for Photojournalists, History of Photojournalism
• Specialized courses are Advanced News Photography, Visual Literacy, Photo Editing and the Photo Essay
• Portfolio Diploma in Radio Journalism
• Writing for Radio
• Radio Production
• Digital Audio Production Training Courses
ACFJ training courses are short-term courses seeking to hone participants’ skills in a special genre or field of reporting. Offerings vary from year to year.
Among ACFJ’s recent offerings are: Investigative Journalism, Reporting on Food and Agriculture, Editorial and Opinion Writing, Reporting on Religions, Reporting on Conflict and Peace. Online Learning Methods
All ACFJ courses use blended online learning methods. Classes are instructor-led and take place in synchronous or asynchronous environments hosted by WebCT. Some courses are taught using a hybrid of online and on-campus methods.
In M. A. Journalism, core courses are hybrid classes, electives are held entirely online while cognate courses are held on-site at the Ateneo de Manila University’s Loyola Campus.
With this mix of methods, students congregate on campus only on two brief periods: for two weeks in the July and for the six-week summer
semester. In the diploma programs in photojournalism and radio journalism, some courses are also hybrid classes. Language
The medium of instruction is English. Non-Filipino applicants to the M.A. Journalism must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This requirement may be waived in the diploma and training programs upon presentation of proof of language proficiency. Academic Calendar
The academic year has two regular semesters and one summer semester. The first semester begins in June and ends in September; the second begins in November and ends in March of the following year. The summer semester runs from April to May. The diploma programs and training courses may follow schedules outside the
academic year. Fees
Tuition fees cost about US$225 per course. Miscellaneous fees vary. In M. A. Journalism, tuition and miscellaneous fees total approximately US$2,000; for the two on-campus sessions, living costs sum up to about US$1,200. Fellowship Programs
ACFJ offers support to Asian journalists through fellowship and financial assistance schemes. Each year 15 grants covering full tuition and other benefits are awarded under the program ACFJ Fellowships for M. A. Journalism. Similar grants are offered in the other programs.