Journalism Fellowship Programme 2021 Schedule & Synopsis

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Theme  ‘JOURNALISM IN A FRAGMENTED WORLD’

One session per week, every Tuesday from 5.30 PM –7.30 PM | GMT +8 | Malaysia time


Week 1: Tuesday 26 October – INTRODUCTION – ‘Journalism in a Fragmented World’


Week 2: Tuesday 2 November – WORKSHOP 1 Media as a Catalyst for Change – Solutions Journalism


Week 3: Tuesday 9 November – WORKSHOP 2 – Big Data & Storytelling


Week 4: Tuesday 16 November – WORKSHOP 3 – Citizen Journalism


Week 5: Tuesday 23 November – WORKSHOP 4 – Ethics of Humanitarian Reporting


Week 6: Tuesday 30 November – WORKSHOP 5 – Global Village Newsroom


Week 7: Tuesday 7 December – CLOSING – Networking, participants share key take-aways


Week 1: Tuesday 26 October – INTRODUCTION – ‘Journalism in a Fragmented World’

Date/Time
5.30pm – Welcome Remarks
5.40pm – Opening Remarks by SIGNIS Asia Journalism Desk Head and Journalism Programme Head
5.47pm – ‘Journalism in a Fragmented World’ Introduction by Helen Osman, SIGNIS World President & Journalism Desk Head
6.00pm – Moderator welcomes SIGNIS Asia Journalism Fellows to begin sharing (ice-breaking)
7.15pm – Moderator invites participants to share their views, Q&A session
7.30pm – Preview to Workshop 1 and session closes

Topic & Synopsis
INTRODUCTION SESSION
2021 SIGNIS Asia Journalism Fellows will be invited to kick off this first session by sharing personal insights from the course of their work and they will also list at least three challenges they would like to address heading into 2022. Hopefully through the programme, SIGNIS journalists will acquire a tool kit that will enable them to successfully pursue their stories, and with the fellowship, explore partnership opportunities to create cross-border storytelling.  #ImpactMedia

Facilitators
Fabian Peter – Programme Head; Journalist, New Straits Times, Malaysia
Adeline James – Head, SIGNIS Asia Journalism Desk 
Helen Osman – Chair, SIGNIS World Journalism Desk; President, Greater Wings, USA; President, SIGNIS World

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Week 2: Tuesday 2 November – WORKSHOP 1 Media as a Catalyst for Change – Solutions Journalism

Date/Time
5.30pm – Moderator welcomes Speakers and SIGNIS Journalism Fellows
5.40pm – Three Speakers share [10 minutes each] followed by Breakout Room Discussions
6.15pm – SIGNIS Journalism Fellows get into their assigned small group for discussions. All three speakers rotate among the groups.
7.15pm – Brief remarks from three groups + wrap-up by Moderator
7.30pm – Preview to next session and close

Topic & Synopsis
Media as a Catalyst for ChangeSOLUTIONS JOURNALISM
Beyond the gloom and doom of COVID-19 and the ongoing Climate Crisis, are you as a journalist writing stories that demand change from the reader, listener (audio articles) and viewer? 
The media acting as an effective catalyst for social change but when our society is getting more fragmented, are your stories reaching your target audiences? As a journalist, are you going beyond the problem?
As a journalist, despite the difficulties, are you writing stories of hope to strengthen and encourage?
And even if your answer is yes – what are you doing to ensure what has been listed thus far, figures high on your list of priorities when you are rushing to meet deadlines? 
Have you heard about Impact journalism, or solutions-oriented journalism?
Did you know that solutions journalism is changing communities? 
Well, according to the Solutions Journalism Network – it’s rigorous and compelling reporting on responses to social problems.
Impact Journalism is itself capable of defining a better vision of the world as well as highlighting a solution which helps move towards it. 
#impactjournalism #storiesofhope #ClimateCrisis

Speakers
Kavita Chandran – Consultant and Journalism Trainer, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Singapore
Jose Torres Jr. – Editor-at-Large, LiCAS News, Philippines
Dr. Anna Jihyun You – President, WeBien YOU Creative Communications, Korea (Board of Directors, SIGNIS Korea)
Moderator: Augustine Anthuvan

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Week 3: Tuesday 9 November – WORKSHOP 2 Big Data & Storytelling

Date/Time
5.30pm – Moderator welcomes Speakers and SIGNIS Journalism Fellows
5.40pm – Three Speakers share [10 minutes each] followed by Breakout Room Discussions
6.15pm – SIGNIS Journalism Fellows get into their assigned small group for discussions. All three speakers rotate among the groups.
7.15pm – Brief remarks from three groups + wrap-up by Moderator
7.30pm – Preview to next session and close

Topic & Synopsis
BIG DATA & STORYTELLING
Are you a Data-Informed Newsroom? Are you aware that data is crucial to effective storytelling? However, when you tap the power of data – it should be done in an ethical way.  So, are you asking the following questions: Is the data legitimately sourced? Is it accurately presented?
How do you distinguish regular data journalism from big data storytelling? 
And when we finally infuse that data into our script – how do we ensure the stories [which are an effective and captivating way of delivering information] remain authentic?  So, how are you finding ways to connect the dots so that big data links up to the real people on the ground who are keen to tell their own stories on their own terms? Accomplish this and you’re on your way to storytelling for a better future.

Speakers
Trinna Leong – Teaching Fellow, Google News Lab Southeast Asia
Lee Long Hui – Assistant Editor, Kini News Lab, Malaysia
Prof. Ricardus Eko Indrajit – Rector, Pradita University, Indonesia

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Week 4: Tuesday 16 November – WORKSHOP 3 – Citizen Journalism

Date/Time
5.30pm – Moderator welcomes Speakers and SIGNIS Journalism Fellows
5.40pm – Three Speakers share [10 minutes each] followed by Breakout Room Discussions
6.15pm – SIGNIS Journalism Fellows get into their assigned small group for discussions. All three speakers rotate among the groups.
7.15pm – Brief remarks from three groups + wrap-up by Moderator
7.30pm – Preview to next session and close

Topic & Synopsis
CITIZEN JOURNALISM
While journalists across Asia continue to produce their news, feature stories and special reports under extremely difficult circumstances – they know that ordinary citizens are also writing. Beyond just filming the “evidence” via their smartphones, citizen journalists are flourishing because [according to citizen journalists] mainstream journalists have forgotten their true calling and are not flagging important societal issues. Whether you like it or not, citizen journalism is here to stay – can we work together?
And now that we’ve got your attention – have you heard about ‘participatory journalism’? What are your thoughts about mainstream media interoperating with citizen media?
#CitizenJournalism

Speakers
Dr. Mastura Mahamed – Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, University of Putra Malaysia
Arul Prakkash – Senior Programme Manager, Asia & the Pacific, WITNESS.org 
Carol Andrade – Dean of SPICE (St. Pauls Institute of Communication Education), Mumbai, India
Moderator: Augustine Anthuvan

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Week 5: Tuesday 23 November – WORKSHOP 4 – Ethics of Humanitarian Reporting

Date/Time
5.30pm – Moderator welcomes Speakers and SIGNIS Journalism Fellows
5.40pm – Three Speakers share [10 minutes each] followed by Panel Discussion
6.15pm – Panel Discussion with SIGNIS Journalism Fellows start
7.15pm – Brief remarks from three groups + wrap-up by Moderator
7.30pm – Preview to next session and close

Topic & Synopsis
ETHICS OF HUMANITARIAN REPORTING
Citizen journalism is now common in the event of disasters but what about the ethics of humanitarian reporting? 
Ethics, humanity, preserving the dignity of the subject amidst seeking headlines is the theme of this workshop. You will hear from experts who are in the field on what more you can and should do to ensure your stories are reflecting the truth as you create awareness and call for action.
#HumanitarianReporting #HumanitarianIssues #reporting #journalism

Speakers
Jacqueline Fernandez – Communications Manager, ICRC Myanmar
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Fr. Shay Cullen – Founder and President, Preda Foundation, Philippines
Kalpana Sharma – Independent journalist and author, India
Panel Moderator: Augustine Anthuvan 

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Week 6: Tuesday 30 November – WORKSHOP 5 – Global Village Newsroom

Date/Time
5.30pm – Moderator welcomes Speakers and SIGNIS Journalism Fellows
5.40pm – Three Speakers share [10 minutes each] followed by Panel Discussion
6.15pm – Panel Discussion with SIGNIS Journalism Fellows start
7.15pm – Brief remarks from three groups + wrap-up by Moderator
7.30pm – Preview to next session and close

Topic & Synopsis
GLOBAL VILLAGE NEWSROOM
COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis – how are you coping with ‘overwhelming’ information in your newsroom? Well one approach to prevent burnout is to take active steps to create ‘sustainable journalists’ – which includes talking to fellow journalists in your country and beyond.
There is an urgent need for cross border collaboration as we put our stories together. So, are you collaborating with a journalist in another Asian country/territory? How are you accomplishing this? And if you are not – why are you hesitating? 
In this session, we will also explore how visual journalism and storytelling done collaboratively with others – can lead to increased readership and online visits. 
Collaborative journalism is reaching across borders into other newsrooms – what’s holding you back from being part of a Global Village Newsroom?

Speakers
Terence Fernandez – Managing Editor, The Vibes, Malaysia
Augustine Anthuvan – Communications Consultant, Moderator & Presenter, Former Executive Producer, Channel NewsAsia, Mediacorp, Singapore
Dr. Peter Rachada Monthienvichienchai – Executive Director/ Founding Member, LiCAS News, Thailand

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Week 7: Tuesday 7 December – CLOSING – Networking, participants share key take-aways

Date/Time
5.30pm – Welcome remarks by SIGNIS Asia Journalism Desk Programme Coordinator. Closing Remarks by SIGNIS World President and SIGNIS Asia President. Participants share key takeaways from programme.
7.30pm – Session closes and farewell.

Closing session
Networking, participants share key takeaways from the SIGNIS Asia Journalism Fellowship programme.

Facilitators
Fr. Joseph Anucha Chaiyadej – President, SIGNIS Asia 
Helen Osman – Chair, SIGNIS World Journalism Desk; President, Greater Wings, USA; President, SIGNIS World
Dr. Peter Rachada Monthienvichienchai – Executive Director/ Founding Member, LiCAS News
Fabian Peter – Programme Coordinator, Journalist, New Straits Times, Malaysia
Adeline James – Head, SIGNIS Asia Journalism Desk 
Host: Augustine Anthuvan 

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