Responses to issues in Asian Journalism Education

The future of advanced training for journalists in Asia was subject of this workshop in August. New learning methods as well as the content of potential training courses were focal points during this debate.


Following this year’s “6th Forum Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism” in Beijing, the KAS Media Programme invited experts to a workshop which aimed at conceptualizing future advanced training courses for journalists in Asia.

The increasing significance of social media played a major role in this context, as participants from six different countries came together to discuss necessary amendments for the courses’ curricula.

A part of this workshop was a testing session, in which Dr. Dave Clark introduced new software solutions for distance learning programmes to the participants.


Thursday, August 18

02:45 pm

Responses to Issues in Asian Journalism Education


Crafting a model of Asian Journalism Education

(Venue: Nanjing Room at Kempinski)


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

Dr. Violet Valdez, Executive Director, KAS Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University , The Philippines

03:00 pm

Session 1: Changing Landscapes

Theories and tools in journalism 2.0

Tania Branigan

Correspondent, The Guardian, China

03:45 pm

Q & A

Moderator: Dr. DJ Clark

04:00 pm

Coffee Break (Venue: Nanjing Room)

04:15 pm

The way forward for journalism education

Cyril Pereira,

Former Director, Newspaper Operations South China Morning Post

Dr. Eric Loo,

Professor, Journalism Program, Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong

05:00 – 05:15 pm

Q & A

Moderator: Zhang Xiaoying

07:00 pm

Dinner (Venue: Paulaner Restaurant at Kempinski)

Friday, August 19

Venue: Xian Room at Kempinski)

9:00 amSession 2: Regional Perspectives

Journalism education in China and implications for the region

Dr. Ke Guo

Director, Center for Global Public Opinion of China

Professor, College of Journalism & Communication Shanghai International Studies University

9:45 amQ & A

Moderator: Dr. Tilman Baumgaertel

10:00 am

Coffee Break (Venue: Jade, Foyer C)

10:15 am

Workshop 1:

Crafting a model journalism education for Asians

Workshop groups:

1) Concepts and themes:

The essential journalism principles and theories which Asian journalists should learn in a graduate course in journalism.

Facilitator: Dr. Eric Loo

Members: Dr. Ke Guo, Dr. Violet Valdez, Michael Josh Villanueva

2) Skills courses:

The essential skills Asian journalists should learn from a graduate course in journalism.

Facilitator: Nini Cabaero

Members: Dr. DJ Clark, Paul Linnarz, Cyril Pereira

3) Teaching methods:

Blended learning strategies that work best in graduate journalism education.

Facilitator: Dr. Tilman Baumgaertel

Members: Atty. Pablito Perez, Isabel Kenny

4) Teaching and learning in a cross-cultural context: Culture and its implications to teaching and learning

Facilitator: Dr. Xiang Debao

Members: Cheryl Borsoto, Jose M. Cruz, SJ, Dr. Mustafa Anuar

11:15 am

Plenary session

Group presentation of findings and recommendations

(10 minutes for each presentation; 5 minutes Q&A)

Moderator: Atty. Pablito Perez

12:30 pm

Lunch break (Venue: Kranzler’s Restaurant)

02:00 pm

Presentation (and discussion)

Innovations in online teaching for Asian journalists

Dr. DJ Clark

Lecturer in Multimedia Journalism, BSFU

Multimedia Reporter, China Daily

Coordinator, ACFJ Multimedia Program

02:45 pm

Q & A

Moderator: Cheryl Borsoto

03:00 pm

Coffee Break (Venue: Jade, Foyer C)

03:15 pm

Workshop 2

Learning innovations in online teaching

Participants will produce a lesson/ module using at least one of the methods described by Dr. Clark

04:15 pm

Plenary session

Sharing of outputs and experiences

Moderator: Dr. DJ Clark

05:00 pm


Dr. Mustafa Anuar

Associate Professor

School of Communication, University Sains Malaysia

Closing Remarks

Fr Jose M. Cruz, PhD

Dean, School of Social Sciences

at Ateneo De Manila University

05:15 pm

Individual meetings with representatives of Beijing Foreign Studies University (tbc)

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