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Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University (ACFJ)
The Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University (ACFJ) seeks to help reporters and editors meet time-honored standards of good journalism, develop an Asian perspective and face up to the challenges posed by a global and technologically sophisticated environment.

 ACFJ's programs, aimed at working journalists, include the Master of Arts in Journalism and short-term diploma and certificate programs. A wide range of journalism competencies are covered including advanced reporting skills such as computer-assisted reporting and investigative reporting; journalism principles, law and ethics; reporting on specialized fields such as information technology, religions, the stock market; and newsroom management.

 The programs uniquely suit journalism professionals as most courses are taught using interactive online methods that allow maximum flexibility in schedules.

The Programs

 Master of Arts in Journalism (M.A. Journalism)

 The master's program is an innovative distance learning program covering a coursework of 12 courses or 36 units.  It rests on a solid foundation in the ethics and principles of journalism and provides training in covering an extensive range of news and issues. 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. The core courses are taught  using a blended online and on-campus method.  Journalism electives are held fully online.

 Diploma Programs

 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.  The ACFJ so far offers diploma programs in online and radio journalism and is developing a program in photojournalism in association with the World Press Photo.

 Diploma in Online Journalism
     . Computer-assisted Reporting
     . Reporting about Information Technology
     . Online Journalism

 Diploma in Radio Journalism
     . Writing for Radio
     . Basic Radio Production
     . Advanced Digital Audio Production

 Certificate Courses

 An ACFJ certificate course provides training in a special field of reporting and consists of three to six modules taken either online or on-campus. Among the certificate courses ACFJ has offered are:

     . Copy Editing
     . Editorial and Opinion Writing
     . Investigative Business Reporting
     . Investigative Journalism
     . Media and Politics
     . Newsroom Management
     . Online Journalism
     . Reporting Business
     . Reporting New Technology Industries
     . Reporting on Food and Agriculture
     . Reporting the Stock Market

 The diploma and certificate program offerings vary from year to year.

 Online Learning

 Distance learning at ACFJ takes place through interactive, instructor-led classes conducted using the online learning software WebCT.  Online classes make learning convenient for ACFJ's primary
target: journalists on the go but accessible through wired and wireless technologies.

 Fellowship programs

 Asian journalists pursuing ACFJ programs may obtain financial support through the ACFJ Fellowships and the financial assistance program. Fifteen fellowship grants are awarded annually to students in M. A. Journalism while a varying number of fellowships are awarded in the other programs.


 The ACFJ serves as secretariat of the Council of Asian Press Insititutes, and is a member of JourNet, the global network of journalism and media schools established in 1999 under the auspices of UNESCO.


 The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung is a private, non-profit foundation seeking to promote liberal democracy, constitutional government and a social market economy. Media Programme Asia, one of its flagship projects, aims to foster a free, responsible and ethical press in the region.

 The Ateneo de Manila University, founded by the Jesuits in 1859, offers graduate and undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences and professional programs in management, law education and government. Ateneo nurtures a tradition of excellence that has kept it in the forefront of achievement and innovations in education.

Contact Information

 Department of Communication
 Ateneo de Manila University
 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights
 Quezon City, Philippines 1108

 Dr. Violet B. Valdez
 Executive Director

 Tel No. : (63-2) 926-3253
 E-mail Address:

Go to ACFJ Web site

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