CFJ offers fellowships for working journalists

Here’s an announcement from Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University. I’m currently taking its Diploma Program on Online Journalism.

MANILA, June 25 – Fellowship grants will be awarded by the Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University (CFJ) to working journalists interested in pursuing the Master’s degree in Journalism in the second semester of the current school year, which begins in November.

The CFJ fellowships for the master’s degree support the graduate studies of outstanding seasoned journalists as well as young journalists who have the potentials to do excellent work and contribute to the practice of good journalism in their communities. A grant covers full tuition and costs of travel, accommodation, and books, among others.

Thirty-five journalists from China, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines have received the fellowship since it was established in June 2003. Nine of them finished the degree in March 2004.

Ateneo’s M.A. Journalism program, a distance learning program designed for working journalists, is distinctive for its innovative use of online learning methods. With most of the courses conducted online, working journalists and other professionals are able to follow the program at their own pace and time, and in their own homes or workplaces. Courses in ethics, media law and reporting skills comprise the core subjects, while specialized journalism courses such as reporting about information technology and newsroom management, comprise the electives. The program has drawn journalists from many Asian countries and the courses are taught by lecturers from Asia, Australia, U.K. and the U.S.A.

Applications for the fellowship grant will be accepted until 15 August 2005.

CFJ, a joint project of the Ateneo and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), was founded in June 2000 to promote good journalism in the Asia-Pacific region by providing training opportunities primarily to working journalists. KAS is one of the leading political foundations of Germany while Ateneo, established in 1859 by the Jesuits, ranks among the premier universities in the Philippines.

Applications for the fellowship may be downloaded from or requested by email at [email protected]. The CFJ may also be contacted by phone at 632 926 3253 or at 632 426 6001 local 5215, or fax at 632 926 3254.

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