Enhancing the ACFJ Network

ACFJ-Alumni create "Society of Asian Journalists" (SAJ). The new body is going to be registered in the Philippines. Members are the Alumni of the "Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism" (ACFJ) at the University Ateneo de Manila.


The ACFJ is supported by the KAS Media Programme Asia (based in Singapore). In August, the founding members of the SAJ met for the first time on the occasion of the "6th Forum Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism". The conference was held in Beijing in cooperation with the "Beijing Foreign Studies Univeristy" (BFSU), ACFJ and China Daily. The participants elected Edia Utama, editor of the Indonesian news agency Antara, as founding president of the SAJ.


Monday, August 15:

(during the day) Arrival of foreign participants

07:00 pm:

Welcome Reception

(Venue: Kempinski Hotel, Symphony Room)

Tuesday, August 16

Enhancing the ACFJ-Alumni Network

(Follow-up workshop for participants of the 2011 Leadership Seminar – Workshop, Singapore)

09:00 am

Registration (Venue: Xian Room at Kempinski)

Welcome Address

Fr Jose Cruz, PhD

Dean, School of Social Sciences

Ateneo De Manila University, The Philippines

09:15 am

Introductory Remarks

Paul Linnarz

Director, Media Programme Asia, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Singapore

09:45 am

Overview: Tracking down the ACFJ alumni

Dr. Violet Valdez

Executive Director, KA Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ) at the Ateneo De Manila University, The Philippines

Session 1: Progress report -

The state of the ACFJ alumni network

Susan Tam, CSR Projects-Manager, DiGi Telecom-munications, Malaysia

10:30 am

Coffee Break (Venue: Jade, Foyer C)

11:00 am

Thoughts on mission, vision and strategy Kim Yung Pung, Regional Associate Director, The Star, The Northern Hum, Malaysia

Trixia Enriquez Carungcong, Foreign Editor, TODAY Newspaper, Singapore

Session 2: Organizational structure

Bert Apostol, Executive Producer, TV Patrol Weekend

ABS-CBN , The Philippines

12:30 pm

Lunch Break (Venue: Kranzler’s Restaurant)

02:00 pm

Recruitment strategies

Bruce Avasadanond, Reporter/News Pro-ducer/Broadcaster, Radio Thailand English Language Service, Thailand

Projects: Events and publications

Edi Utama, Journalist, Antara, Indonesia

Session 3: Realizing the vision

crafting action plans for projects

Workshop (participants will prepare action plans for specific projects)

Facilitator: Josh Villanueva

Sr. Manager, Digital News Gathering & Social Media

GMA News & Public Affairs, The Philippines

03:30 pmCoffee Break (Venue: Jade, Foyer C)

04:00 pmNext steps to be done

Susan Tam

CSR Projects-Manager, DiGi Telecommunications


05:30 pmClosing of Day 1

06:30 pmBus transfer to dinner venue

07:00 pmDinner (Venue: Xiao Wang Fu Restaurant at Ho Hai Lake)

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Beijing, China

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