Following from Prof Ang Peng Hwa, President, International Communication Association:
Applications are now open for the 2015 round of the Asia Journalism Fellowship (AJF), which will run in Singapore from to next year.
Since its launch in 2009, AJF has evolved into a highly prized mid-career programme for outstanding media professionals. The Fellowship brings around 15 journalists from across Asia to Singapore for three months. Supported by Temasek Foundation and Nanyang Technological University, AJF fully sponsors Fellow’s participation.
“The Fellowship honours the selected journalists’ achievements so far,” said AJF Director Cherian George. “But, more importantly, it recognises that they have even more to offer their profession and their society. The programme aims to boost the Fellows’ competency and their commitment, through an intense and even life-changing experience.”
Fellows are based at NTU’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, one of Asia’s leading schools of its kind. They take part in seminars and workshops designed to sharpen professional skills and deepen their understanding of key trends shaping their profession. Eased of their usual deadline pressures, Fellows also get to work on an independent project and pursue their intellectual interests, guided by professors and other experts on and off campus.
Said Charles Salmon, Chair of the Wee Kim Wee School, “This is an amazing opportunity to write, reflect and experiment as a journalist. Participants in this programme will have access to innovative digital resources and ground-breaking researchers in one of the most dynamic cities in the world.”
AJF also provides access to key newsmakers in Singapore’s public sector, business community and civil society, offering insights into the challenges faced by one of Asia’s most cosmopolitan hub cities.
“Year after year, the AJF Fellows have shared how the programme has helped them professionally and personally,” said Benedict Cheong, Chief Executive of Temasek Foundation. “Many of them have continued to keep in close contact after the fellowship, and even visiting each other in their home countries. It has been enriching to see how the Fellows engage each other in lively discussions on the social, economic and political issues of the day in their communities. This spirit of active engagement, friendship, and connectedness embodies Temasek Foundation’s vision of building a shared future in Asia.”
So far, more than 90 journalists from 16 different Asian nations have gone through the programme. One of them is Pune-based Times of India assistant editor Radheshyam Jadhav (Class of 2013), who recently received the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for Civic Journalism.
“Among the best parts were brainstorming sessions with Asian experts, and residing with fellows who come from all parts of Asia,” he said. “AJF also helped me to enhance my understanding of the rapidly changing media and communication scene, and honed my professional skills, leading to a basic shift in my approach towards journalism. It gave me a broader perspective on developments that are unfolding in the region and it helped me to get connected with Asian journalists, who are now my extended family.”
The Fellowship is open to mid-career Asia-based journalists with at least five years of experience. The full criteria and application forms are on our website.
17 October 2014