The Journalism Development Program (JDP) is SEAPA’s training strategy to achieve its long term goal of Journalism for Change (J4C), which aims to develop a vibrant network of journalists committed to improve media freedom in their countries and in the Southeast Asian region.
The objectives of the program are:
- to support better practice of professional and ethical standards of SEA journalists;
- to create a pool of good journalists who are not only able to train younger journalists but who are also role models of professional journalism.
- Annual Journalism Fellowship – is the longest running SEAPA program and flagship strategy of the JDP.
- Regional Training of Trainers are conducted on journalistic ethics and professional skills.
- Thematic Trainings on media law, human rights reporting, election coverage, ethnicity/identity, development and other issues, in response to urgent developments within a country or the region as a whole.
- Journalist Exchange facilitates new experiences for journalists to learn new skills in real world media environments.
- Regional Forums or Conferences to discuss urgent issues facing the regional media and develop appropriate strategies to address these.
- Journalist Recognition. SEAPA is in the process of developing an awards system that will highlight contributions of invididual journalists that contribute to the advancement of media freedom in the region.