2014 Fellowship: professional growth
The 2014 programme included opportunities for journalists to build their professional knowledge as well as to get to know Singapore and Asia better.
During their three months in Singapore, the 2014 Fellows got a chance to reflect, rejuvenate and retrain. A key goal was to keep up to date with changes in the industry and in the craft of journalism. They visited newsrooms such as The Straits Times, CNBC and Reuters, and attended workshops on social media and data journalism, for example. But they also stayed focus on journalism’s timeless essence, as a profession dedicated to storytelling in the public interest. Read more.
Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam urged AJF Fellows to see Singapore and other societies in evolutionary terms. Instead of judging them by where they stood at this moment in time, journalists should look at where they were heading. Singapore’s goal was to transition from an upper middle income country to a truly advanced one.
“It is not just about government policy. It has to be a lot more intrinsic. There should be a desire to be an expert in everything we do, whatever your job may be,” he said. In a dialogue with Fellows, he answered a wide range of questions – from what the government means by “constructive politics” to Singapore’s approach to immigration and Asean integration.
The session was one of the highlights of the Singapore strand of the 2014 programme, which also included numerous site visits and interactions with businessmen, activists, intellectuals and other Singaporeans. Read more.
Understanding the issues
By drawing on experts in various fields as well as exchanging their own insights, Fellows boned up on a wide range of issues of pan-Asian importance, from major elections in the region and geopolitical disputes to ageing populations, food security and environmental challenges.
- 2014 Fellows Selected (Dec 2013)
- AJF Connect reunites fellows (June 2013)
- Insights into immigration debate (June 2013)
- Lessons on economics and education (Jan 2013)
- The pulse of policymaking (Jan 2013)
- Welcome to Newsplex Asia (Sep 2012)
- Death in the family (May 2012)
- He who could not be tamed (May 2012)
- He made everyone feel special (May 2012)
- The perfect host (May 2012)
- The Arab Spring, one year later (Feb 2012)
- Singapore elections see flowering of social media (Sep 2011)
- Report religion sensitively, not sensationally (Aug 2011)
- Asia’s religious groups become their own media (Aug 2011)
- Miracles we miss (Aug 2011)
- Professional judgement needed in post-Wikileaks world (Mar 2011)
- Wikileaks: views from the AJF network (Mar 2011)
- Murtaza Razvi: Proud of Pakistani media’s performance in the flood crisis (Dec 2010)
- Still the perfect host (Dec 2010)