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.
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 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.
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.
Executive Producer at ABS-CBN (Philippines), Apostol is a broadcast journalist with over two decades of journalism experience.
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.
Syed Nazakat, India
Founder & Editor-In-Chief, DataLEADS/ CIJ-India
Rorie Fajardo, Philippines
IWPR Country Director
Alwyn Alburo, Philippines
GMA Senior Producer
Bruce Avasadanond, Thailand
Journalist and Educator
Guna Raj Luitel, Nepal
Editor, Nagarik National Daily
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Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines offers degree and non-degree programmes in subject-specific reporting.
Asia News Network (ANN) is a network of 21 media groups in Asian cities, organized to provide avenues for cooperation and to optimize coverage of major news events in the region.
Across Asia, SAJ aims to collaborate with other organizations to promote free press and foster ties and cultural understanding.
Investigative journalism is critical to democracy and good governance. The ACFJ and KAS are at forefront to introduce journalists the skills, methods and techniques of investigative reporting.
"As a German political foundation the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is strengthening democratic development all over the world. The KAS Media Programme Asia believes in the role of the media as the fourth power of a democracy. We support a free and responsible journalism in Asia. With our partner, the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at Ateneo de Manila University (ACFJ) we have been offering a high-level education in journalism for more than 15 years. Our imperative is to keep in touch with our more than 300 alumni who unite in the Society of Asian Journalist.”Torben Stephan, Director, Media Programme Asia, KAS, Singapore
"ACFJ has made indelible contributions to journalism in Asia. It has opened a whole new world of learning, opportunities and engagement for the Asian journalists. At SAJ, we are committed to promote the cause of ACFJ and to elevate the standards of journalism in Asia. We encourage you to join us at Twitter and the Facebook page to stay in the conversation."Syed Nazakat, Founder & Editor-In-Chief, DataLEADS/ CIJ-India
"Finishing MA Journalism with full support from the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism has enabled me to see and embrace journalism not as a mere profession but an important way of life in Asia. Nowadays, I work harder so that my stories, tips for young journalists, media lectures, and dreams for better and people-centered journalism may also find relevance and impact on the lives of our brothers and sisters in Asia and beyond."Maria Aurora Reyes Fajardo, General Secretary, SAJ, Manila
“Thailand recently introduced digital TV with great interest from media firms. However, one year after its introduction, many channels have failed to live up to their operators’ expectations, especially in terms of ad revenue. One company has already thrown in the towel and closed their two channels. It remains to be seen how operators will distinguish their content and attract more viewers and, more importantly, ad revenue.Bruce Avasadanond, Journalist and Educator, Thailand
"Finishing the MA Journalism program was a life-changing experience that has had a profound impact on my personal growth. This program that brought together graduate students – fellow journalists from across Asia – in a learning environment that is fused with multi-cultural nuances, spiced with interesting and varied Asian perspectives."KY Pung, Former President, SAJ, Editor/Publisher Malaysia
"The Masters' program in Journalism from Ateneo de Manila University opened up opportunities for me to explore theoretical and ethical journalistic practices from around the world. Moreover, the closed-knit network of professionals from Asia gave me unparalleled exposure into the workings of media. I will always cherish memories - of friends and learning experiences- at Ateneo. As an Editor of Nagarik, Nepal's leading national daily, I am grateful for the experiences, friends and constant love and attention from the professors of the university."Guna Raj Luitel, Editor Nagarik National Daily, Nepal
"SAJ, as a regional media organization, can help not only in promoting good journalism in Myanmar also in protecting local journalists from unlawful arrest and harassment. By strengthening SAJ’s regional network, we can call out loud for media freedom in the region where authoritarian rule exists still."Mon Mon Myat, Senior Journalist and Former President, SAJ, Myanmar
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