Eleven Southeast Asian journalists chosen for SEAPA fellowship

5 April 2005

The Southeast Asian Press Alliance is proud to announce its Journalism Fellows for 2005. From the last week of April to the first week of June, 11 journalists from six Southeast Asian nations will be given the opportunity to develop and cover in-depth a story of their choice, revolving around the theme for this year’s SEAPA Fellowship: “Covering Disasters in Southeast Asia”.

Selected to participate in the 2005 SEAPA Journalism Fellowship Program from April 27 to June 3 are:

Ye Naing Moe – Burma
Aye Aye Mon – Burma
Adeline Tumenggung – Indonesia
Randy Salim – Indonesia
Murizal Hamzah – Indonesia
Devid Rajah – Malaysia
Tess Bacalla – Philippines
Riedo Panaligan – Philippines
Rafael Tima – Philippines
Phan Chieng Thang – Vietnam
Pongpol Sarnsamak – Thailand

The SEAPA Journalism Fellowship Program is on its fourth year. This year’s theme takes off from the devastating tsunami that started 2005 off on a somber note, but precisely strives to transcend that very story.

“The challenge for this year’s Fellows is to go beyond any specific moment of any particular disaster, and to uncover concerns–touching on culture, society, governance, environment, communities, and individual lives–that have continued long after the initial media frenzy had packed up and moved on to the next tragedy,” SEAPA Executive Director Roby Alampay said. “The story proposals from this year’s Fellows–ranging from the plight of orphans in Phuket to the special vulnerability of women in disasters, and corruption cases emanating from relief efforts in past calamities–make us confident that the SEAPA Journalism Fellowship Programme will continue to foster and encourage independent, in-depth, responsible, and trailblazing journalism in Southeast Asia.”

For the first time in its four-year run, the SEAPA Journalism Fellowship Program will include television journalists.

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