About Us Society of Asian Journalists

The Society of Asian Journalists (SAJ) is the alumni association of journalism graduates of Ateneo de Manila University and  Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism that promotes excellence in journalism in Asia. It is an independent and not-for-profit organization registered as a trust in Philippines aiming to address the alumni’s needs for continuous learning, networking, research and to support free press in the region.

Founded in 2011, SAJ connects and serves more than 300 members working across Asia. It takes pride in having as its members some of the most distinguished journalists in Asia, from trailblazing network news anchors, media managers, as well as journalism and communication mentors to award-winning reporters, editors and photojournalists.

SAJ recognizes the importance of its network and location in Asia and seeks to link its members to the vast global journalism resources.

SAJ is supported by the Media Programme Asia of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), which has been working since 1996 to promote a free, responsible and ethical press in Asia. KAS continually strengthens dialogue amongst leading editors and journalists through regional conferences and meetings through two key initiatives -- the Asia News Network (ANN) and the Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism (ACFJ) at the Ateneo de Manila University - and the nascent Alliance of Asian Media Schools (AMS).

The ACFJ was established in June 2000 as a joint initiative of the KAS and the Ateneo de Manila University. The ACFJ runs the MA Journalism program of the Ateneo de Manila University, and offers non-degree programmes in visual journalism, subject-specific reporting as well as basic courses such as journalistic ethics.

SAJ is dedicated to continually  support good journalism in Asia while addressing the increasing demand for global and interconnected ways in reportage and communication.



Dr Violet Valdez

Dr. Violet Valdez heads the Alliance of Asian Media Schools (AMS), a KAS-supported organization dedicated to promoting good journalism in Asia. She is also the former executive director of the Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University.

Luz Rimban

Luz Rimban is the supervising producer of the ABS-CBN News Channel’s The World Tonight, the Philippines’ longest-running English newscast.She is also a trustee and co-founder of VERA Files, an online news organization that seeks to engage in in-depth reporting of current Philippine issues.

Avigail Olarte

Copy Editor at CNN Philippines, Avie specializes in investigative journalism and research. A journalist for 13 years, her body of work includes stories on politics, corruption, human rights and media. She has co-authored books on human rights issues in the Philippines.

Engelbert Apostol

Executive Producer at ABS-CBN (Philippines), Apostol is a broadcast journalist with over two decades of journalism experience.

Ma. Concepcion "Booma" Cruz

Trustee of VERA Files and the former General Manager and Producer of Probe, the country’s longest running investigative newsmagazine show.She has co-authored several books on politics and corruption in the Philippine government.

Executive Board Members


Syed Nazakat, India
Founder & Editor-In-Chief, DataLEADS/ CIJ-India

Secretary General:

Rorie Fajardo, Philippines
IWPR Country Director

Fundraising Committee Head

Alwyn Alburo, Philippines
GMA Senior Producer

Membership Committee Head

Bruce Avasadanond, Thailand
Journalist and Educator

Alumni Committee

Guna Raj Luitel, Nepal
Editor, Nagarik National Daily

Vasana Wickremasena, Sri Lanka
Executive Director, Center for Integrated Communication Research & Advocacy,

Walter Balane, Philippines
Reporter at MindaNews/Bukidnon News.Net


SAJ is dedicated to support capacity building of journalists towards a free, ethical and responsible press.

Our mission includes:
  • Addressing the members' needs for career development, networking, research, and higher studies towards promoting excellence in journalism in Asia
  • Promoting the work of ACFJ and KAS in advocating free and independent journalism in Asia
  • Collaborating with other organizations to promote free press and foster ties and cultural understanding
  • Creating and supporting networks among media professionals within Asia and with other parts of the world

Voices from SAJ

Promoting excellence in journalism SAJ is dedicated to support capacity building of journalists towards a free, ethical and responsible press.

Resource Centre Empowering journalists across Asia

Free and responsible journalism in Asia

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Aditional Information

If you would like to contact us regarding membership please write to Guna Raj Luitel at gunaraj@gmail.com

For queries related to finances and membership fee please contact Alwyn Alburo at jalwyn.alburo@gmail.com

For collaboration and other queries, please write to Rorie Fajardo at roriefajardo@gmail.com


Department of Communication
3/F Social Sciences Building
Quezon City 1108 Philippines
Telefax: +63 2 926.3253
Web: www.acfj.ateneo.edu


34 Bukit Pasoh Rd.
Singapore 089848
Phone: +65 6603 6181
Fax: +65 6603 6180
Email: media.singapore@kas.de

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