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Sunday, March 2, 2008

ACFJ Photojournalism Program - admission going on

Applications are now being accepted for the fourth offering of the Diploma in Photojournalism, the latest program of the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at Ateneo de manila University (ACFJ). Deadline is March 15.

The program, a distance learning program using a hybrid of online and face-to-face methods, will run from April 2008 to Mach 2009. Admission is limited to 12 students from all over Asia.

A joint project of ACFJ and the World Press Photo, the Diploma in Photojournalism seeks to raise the bar for photojournalism in Asia by providing comprehensive training primarily to working photojournalists. The Netherlands- based World Press Photo, the world's leading venue for competitions and training in professional press photography, brings into the program, among others, consultants from its international network of teachers and practitioners. Among the recent guest lecturers were: Barbara Herrmann, photo editor, Stern Magazine; John Echave, senior editor, National Geographic, D. J. Clark, Panos Pictures; Alison Morley, head of the documentary photography program, International Center for Photography (N.Y.) and Shahidul Alam, founder of Drik Gallery and the Chobi Mela Festival of Asian Photography.

The one-year diploma program will provide students a mastery of the photographic, visual and newsgathering principles and skills as well as the ethical foundations of photojournalism. Comprising the curriculum are three core courses, three specialized courses and a final output which is a portfolio. Each course takes about two months.

Some courses are taught entirely online, while others are taught using a blend of online and classroom teaching methods-- a strategy ACFJ has been using successfully since 2001 to bring its programs to media professionals. The hybrid strategy lends flexibility to the course schedule and allows working journalists to attend classes from their homes or workplace.

Only 12 students will be admitted to the program. Five full scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis.

In its three offerings the program has attracted young and talented photographers and photojournalists, including those from wire agencies and prestigious Philippine newspapers. Applications for admission and scholarships are available for download here or request via email at newsroom@admu.edu.ph.

Established in 2000 by Ateneo de Manila University and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, ACFJ is dedicated to the continuing professional training of Asian journalists. Among its major programs is the M. A. in Journalism program, also a hybrid distance learning program.
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