[Blueboard] Ateneo launches Masters in Journalism program

Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism newsroom at admu.edu.ph
Fri Nov 29 14:47:22 PHT 2002

Press Release
Contact: Anika Zuñiga
Tel. Nos: +632 926 3253 or 426 6001 local 5215
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E-mail: newsroom at admu.edu.ph Website: http://cfj.ateneo.edu

Ateneo launches Masters in Journalism program

The Ateneo de Manila University will offer a Master of Arts in Journalism 
program starting June next year, with online courses designed to enable 
practicing journalists here and abroad to obtain their degrees while staying on

the job. The program was developed by the Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism

at the Ateneo (CFJ).
In announcing the new program, Rev. Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres, S.J., AdMU 
president, said the news media are central to democratic society, and that the 
education of journalists is a serious responsibility. “Ateneo needs to shape 
the educational foundation for journalists because journalism and journalists 
are our window and eyes to a rapidly changing world,” Fr. Nebres said.
The M.A. in Journalism program, which combines online courses with traditional 
classes on campus, will be administered by the Ateneo Communication Department 
in collaboration with the CFJ. Established in June 2000 as a center for 
continuing education for working journalists, the CFJ has used Internet 
technology to train over 200 students from Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, 
Guam, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, 
Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Tonga 
Islands, and Vietnam.
“Our primary target for the M.A. program is the working journalist who wants 
academic, graduate-level training for personal enrichment, greater competence, 
and professional advancement,” said Violet Valdez, Ph.D., CFJ director. The 
program also addresses the needs of journalism educators and professionals who 
want to pursue media studies, Valdez said.
At the most fundamental level, the core courses of the M.A. program aim to 
enhance journalists’ newsroom skills by sharpening their ability to collect, 
document, and analyze information; exercise news judgment; and use language 
with precision and clarity, said Chay F. Hofileña, program director.
Ateneo’s M.A. in Journalism program will be distinct in several ways, she 
added. For example, because many courses will be available on the Internet, the

program can tap international faculty members who are both communication 
scholars and journalism professionals. At the same time, the program will be 
accessible to journalists throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands.
“Through e-learning, the program will allow a mix of students and faculty from 
Asia and beyond, and give an international dimension to classroom discussions 
and provide students with an international perspective to issues,” Hofileña 
said. The program will also offer specialized and cutting-edge courses, 
including modules on information technology, business reporting, and 
investigative journalism.
The program will require a total of 36 units, with core courses on advanced 
reporting and writing; contemporary issues in media law; and media ethics, 
which will address the role and responsibilities of the media. 
	Applications for the M.A. in Journalism program will be accepted 
starting January 2003. Fellowships will be available to qualified journalists, 
Hofileña said.
Fellowship applicants must have at least two years of work experience in 
journalism, a college degree with an excellent undergraduate record; and strong

leadership potential. Applicants should be fluent in English, and not older 
than 45 years at the time of application.
For inquiries, contact CFJ, 2F, Department of Communication, Ateneo de Manila 
University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Tel. 426-6001 local 5215. E-mail: 
newsroom at admu.edu.ph, website: http://cfj.ateneo.edu/

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