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Asian Currents off the press November 28, 2008

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The Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism has just come out with the latest issue of Asian Currents, a collection of Masteral projects, photo essays and stories produced by graduates of the Ateneo-ACFJ journalism programs.

This issue of Asian Currents contains excerpts from the Masteral projects of Filipino graduates Marian Trinidad, Odina Batnag, and Joyce Babe Pañares, Som Ratana from Cambodia, Moch Nunung Kurniawan from Indonesia and Rajes Paul Thurai from Malaysia.

The three photo essays are those of Conrado (Charlie) Saceda of the Philippine Star, Koichiro Ota of Mainichi Shimbun, and Vicente Jaime (Veejay) Villafranca, a freelance photojournalist from the Philippines.

The cover photo was taken by Charlie Saceda. It shows residents of the island of Siromon in Zamboanga City following their return after more than three decades away. Siromon residents were forced to flee the island at the height of the fighting between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front in the 1970s. Siromon natives were given nipa huts, called core shelters, by the United Nations’ Act for Peace program.

cover of latest asian currents

The Asian Currents editorial board is composed of Werner vom Busch, Director of KAS Media Programme Asia, Dr. Violet Valdez, ACFJ executive director, and Luz Rimban, ACFJ Director for Special Projects and Alumni Relations. Others who put in work for Asian Currents are consultants Yvonne Chua and Isabel Kenny, photo editor Jimmy Domingo, Diploma in Photojournalism program coordinator and Leanne Jazul, layout artist.

Asian Currents is available at the ACFJ office, third floor, Department of Communication, Social Sciences building, Ateneo de Manila University.

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Invitation to the World Press Photo Exhibit July 28, 2008

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All Ateneo-ACFJ alumni are invited to the opening of the World Press Photo Exhibition to be held at The Podium Mall at the Ortigas Center in Mandaluyong City on Friday, August 1, 2008, at 6:00pm.

ACFJ hosts the exhibit, which will showcase 200 of the best news photographs taken in 2007. More than 5,000 news photographers all over the world submitted a total of over 80,000 entries.

The exhibit is the latest collaboration between the Amsterdam-based World Press Photo and ACFJ. Their first joint project was the Diploma in Photojournalism, a certificate course offered by ACFJ to working and aspiring photojournalists

The ACFJ was launched during a press conference held recently. The sponsors include the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Unilever Philippines and SM Malls. The exhibit will be shown in three SM malls–The Podium, Mall of Asia, and The Block from August 1 to 22.

Violet B. Valdez, executive director of the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University; Paula J. Schindeler, second secretary for Economic and Cultural Affairs of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Jika Mendoza-Dalupan, corporate relations director of Unilever Philippines; and, Millie F. Dizon, vice president for marketing and communication of SM Supermalls. photograph by Jimmy Domingo

Organizers of the World Press Photo Exhibit 2008 in Manila answer questions from the members of the media in a press conference held 18 July in Quezon City. From right: Violet B. Valdez, executive director of the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University; Paula J. Schindeler, second secretary for Economic and Cultural Affairs of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Jika Mendoza-Dalupan, corporate relations director of Unilever Philippines; and, Millie F. Dizon, vice president for marketing and communication of SM Supermalls. Photograph by Jimmy Domingo

Welcome, new grads/alums July 23, 2008

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Le’ts welcome into the Ateneo ACFJ Alumni Association the March 2008 graduates of the M.A. Journalism program. Welcome, Erwin Oliva, Nanette Guadalquiver, Marie Antonette Pacheco and Cedelf Tupas from the Philippines, Joshua Wong from Malaysia, and Huynh Cam Tung from Vietnam.

Erwin is also from the inquirer.net and has in fact joined the discussion on the future of journalism in the multimedia age.

Welcome, friends!

Zaky’s concerns July 22, 2008

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Zaky Yamani has some questions for Leo, which he sent in as a comment to the post “A piece of Leo’s mind.” But it’s a long piece, so we’re posting it here as a separate entry to this blog.

Zaky raises several points that I’m sure are uppermost in the minds of many of us who are used to single-media, rather than multi-media reporting. Do we give up the depth of single-media reporting, and shift to the (sometimes) shallow but speedy multi-media reporting?

Here’s Zaky’s reply to Leo;

I tried to understand what Leo said about journalism today. I believe almost all of us have no doubt that journalists required to be multi-skilled and multi-tasked, and of course have to be familiar with multimedia culture. But I have some questions for Leo, and maybe for others.

Here are the questions (Well I try my best to articulate my questions):

1. With all these fast-changing technologies, the changing of social and cultural values (and also behavior), the changing situation of global economy, the changing of media culture (and also behavior of media owners, journalists, etc), will media company and journalism as a profession survive?

2. With the emerging force of citizen journalism and citizen journalists (the notion that have been caught by media owners –at least here in Indonesia– to get and to deliver news stories without paying the journalists who wrote or reported it), will we, journalists who chose this profession to make a living, survive?

3. As one of multimedia culture products, that news stories have to be delivered in fast, ultratight writing and editing or in other words produced instantly, will in-depth reports or investigative reports still in journalists or media owners’ minds

Maybe I sound skeptical about media and journalism situation today. This is because I’m concerned about the future of this profession. I read some articles in Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, or The New York Times, that described how journalism affected by globalization, and of course by global economy.

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A piece of Leo’s mind July 22, 2008

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Here are a few words from Leo Magno, whose talk at the recent 3rd Forum of Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism/Ateneo-ACFJ Alumni Homecoming elicited hoots and howls and generated some discussion among us alumni. (Actually it’s good because it makes us think of the future of the profession and of journalists).

This was written originally as a comment, but I’m posting it as an entry for everyone to read. My comment to Leo: you make me sound so ancient! In the words of Werner vom Busch, a “dinosaur.” But at least I know how to blog. Anyway, here’s a piece of Leo’s mind:

i also failed to mention during my talk that, yes, our entry-level reporters (the multi-skilled, multi-platform ones we are getting for the first time), also DO get compensated better than our counterparts in print and even some from TV

so yah, the passion is there, they are flexible and yes, they are remunerated well

THAT is the passion i speak of — from a new breed of journalists who were already multimedia and multi-platform even before they were hired, and so they do get paid well (the last 6 reporters we hired were such people, but one of them didn’t make the cut, it’s the harsh reality we have to face — that our needs are very specialized and not everyone will make it)

it would be harder to, say, hire a reporter working for X number of years whose salary has already skyrocketed in his/her previous media organization and then train that person against his or her will and demand to just write and get the pay he/she has already been accustomed to

whereas, the passion i speak of in our new hires is already existent since they work with multimedia in their daily lives — via blogs, youtube and the like. they were born in the Internet generation, the Internet was already there and, for them, is now like pen and paper was to us

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Alumni Association July 18, 2008

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The last session for the 3rd Forum of Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism was the Alumni Association meeting during which we did the following:

1. agreed to have an alumni network on Facebook (which has been accomplished, thanks to Vasana).

2. elected Jofelle Tesorio as chair/president, replacing KY Pung.

3. gave ourselves until Aug 25 to draft the alumni association charter (attn: Vasana, our alumni lawyer).

4. renamed the group: Ateneo ACFJ Alumni Association

Here’s a picture to remind us of that day.

Ateneo ACFJ Alumni meet on the last day of the 3rd Forum of Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism.

Ateneo ACFJ Alumni meet on the last day of the 3rd Forum of Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism.

Buzzwords: Ultratight writing and editing, MOJOs July 15, 2008

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One of the more memorable sessions during the 3rd Forum of Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism was the

Inquirer.net executive editor Leo Magno talks about "Transformations in the Newsroom" at the 3rd Forum of Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism held July 11 and 12, 2008.

Inquirer.net executive editor Leo Magno talks about "Transformations in the Newsroom" at the 3rd Forum of Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism held July 11 and 12, 2008.

one in which fellow Ateneo alumnus and Philippine Daily Inquirer executive editor Leo Magno talked about “Transformations in the Newsroom” brought about by media convergence.

I call it memorable because there was some heckling from the back, particularly the table where Carol Arguillas, Joyce Panares, Bert Apostol and I were seated. What were the points that drew some heckling:

Leo talked about how news writing has evolved in the multimedia age, specifically, he said news writing is now marked by fast, ultratight writing and editing
– breaking news
– running account
– blogging
– live blogging
– microblogging

He also talked about how breaking news was coming in the form of twittering, (the present progressive form of the verb to tweet, although how twittering can be a verb form of to tweet beats me).

Twittering is the popular form of microblogging, where news comes in one-line, 140-character spurts of information.

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More pictures July 13, 2008

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Usha Devi, Rajes Paul Thurai, Trix Carungcong and Bruce Avasadanond at the conference
Dana Batnag and Megan Marappan on Day 1 of the 3rd Forum of Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism Forum

Dana Batnag and Megan Marappan on Day 1 of the 3rd Forum of Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism Forum

No KAFka but KAFACFJ tribe July 11, 2008

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Have you ever attended an alumni reunion where you have to listen to lectures and be quizzed at the end of each?

Welcome to the (first) alumni reunion of the Ateneo de Manila University (Konrad Adenauer Foundation Asian Center For Journalism).

It’s 11:09 a.m., two hours after we started the reunion conference – Multimedia in Asian Newsrooms, the theme of the 3rd Forum of Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism at Room 201, CTC, Ateneo de Manila University.

Fr. Jose Cruz welcomed everyone with a question on Steve Balmer’s favorite TV show – “Lost.”

“Balmer who?” he asked.

Balmer is Microsoft’s chief executive officer . The man who said in a recent interview, “In the next 10 years, the world of media companies will be turned upside. There will be no newspapers or magazines delivered in paper form. Everything will be delivered in electronic form.”

Print media is coming to an end?

KAF’s Wener vom Busch said each time he comes to Ateneo, it feels like coming to a family gathering. In 10 years, he said, we’d (the alumni) probably be a tribe.

Nah, this is no KAFka tribe although the initials KAFACJF may sound Kafkaesque, haha.

Dr. Valdez introduced the conference.

And this being a unique alumni gathering, emcee Terry David expects us to remember the 3Rs: Renew. Reflect. Recharge.

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3rd Forum of Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism July 10, 2008

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More than 40 alumni of the Konrad Adenuaer Asian Center for Journalism meet in Manila for the 3rd Forum of Emerging Leaders in Asian Journalism on July 11 and 12, 2008 at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.

The Forum also serves as a homecoming for graduates of the M.A. Journalism Program from 2003 to 2007.

The theme of the Forum is Multimedia in Asian Newsrooms, highlighting the convergence of media and platforms that characterize news reportage.