The media is acting as an effective catalyst for social change but when our society is getting more fragmented, are your stories reaching your target audiences? Did you know solutions journalism is changing communities? How do you distinguish regular data journalism from big data storytelling? Citizen journalism is now common in the event of disasters but what about the ethics of humanitarian reporting? And finally, collaborative journalism is reaching across borders into other newsrooms – what’s holding you back from being part of a Global Village Newsroom?
SIGNIS Asia Journalism Desk in collaboration with LICAS News Asia is organising the SIGNIS Asia Journalism Fellowship Programme with the theme “JOURNALISM IN A FRAGMENTED WORLD”. This 7-week programme is for lay Catholic and like-minded journalists working in the secular media industry, bringing them together for a journey of discovery and learning.
The Fellowship seeks to build capacity and promote exchange among media professionals and journalists from across Asia who want to use their platform for social change. The programme will take on a virtual format managed from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and will take place over seven weeks [beginning from the week of 26 October 2021]. About 25 selected journalists from 14 countries will be participating in the programme.
Participants will need to commit to all 7 sessions per week which will take place every Tuesday from 5.30pm – 7.30pm GMT +8 / Malaysia time. The working language of the programme will be English.
SIGNIS Asia Journalism Desk has brought together some of the finest speakers from across Asia. They are industry media practitioners, academicians and experts from non-profit international agencies. Participating Fellows will benefit immeasurably from the speakers’ wealth of knowledge and experience in their weekly presentations.
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Overall Theme ‘JOURNALISM IN A FRAGMENTED WORLD’
One session per week, every Tuesday from 5.30pm –7.30pm | GMT +8 | Malaysia time
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Week 1: Tuesday 26 October – Introduction session – ‘Journalism in a Fragmented World’
Week 2: Tuesday 2 November – Media as a Catalyst for Change – Solutions Journalism
Week 3: Tuesday 9 November – Big Data & Storytelling
Week 4: Tuesday 16 November – Citizen Journalism
Week 5: Tuesday 23 November – Ethics of Humanitarian Reporting
Week 6: Tuesday 30 November – Global Village Newsroom
Week 7: Tuesday 7 December – Closing session – Networking, participants share key take-aways
The SIGNIS Asia Journalism Fellowship Programme (SAJP) aims to develop the capacity of journalists and related media professionals to become effective change agents in their communities. The programme will focus on professional training, communication and media awareness, social analysis, and networking via workshops, group interactions, panel discussions, and inter-cultural exchanges. SAJP will equip participants with skills, mindsets and resources to activate and promote holistic change in their local communities.
“Those who have a voice must speak for those who are voiceless.” – Saint Oscar Romero
For further information, email the SA Journalism Desk at: firstname.lastname@example.org
SIGNIS is a non-governmental organisation that includes members from over 100 countries. As the “World Catholic Association for Communication”, it brings together radio, television, cinema, video, media education, internet, and new technology professionals. The administrative headquarters of SIGNIS, the General Secretariat, is in Brussels. SIGNIS has consultative status with UNESCO.