2 ABS-CBNnews.com journalists awarded int’l fellowships


Posted at Jan 08 2014 10:14 PM | Updated as of Jan 09 2014 07:00 PM

Arlene Burgos (left), head of ABS-CBNnews.com Social Media and Mobile, and David Dizon, ABS-CBNnews.com editor for nation/metro/regions

MANILA – Two journalists of ABS-CBNnews.com have been awarded separate fellowships, giving them opportunities to tackle specialized topics and do research projects in two of the world’s leading journalism institutions.

Arlene Burgos, ABS-CBNnews.com's Head of Social Media and Mobile, was among 16 Asian journalists chosen for the Asia Journalism Fellowship (AJF) at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.

David Dizon, ABS-CBNnews.com's deputy editor for nation/regions/metro, was chosen for the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at the Ohio State University in the US.

Burgos will join 15 other middle-level to senior journalists from the region, giving them the chance to pursue various research projects.

The 2014 Fellowship program will run from March to June.

“The Asia Journalism Fellowship is an initiative of Temasek Foundation and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. It brings journalists from across Asia to NTU’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information for three months of learning and exchange,” the AJF said on its website.

The AJF program was founded in 2008, and started hosting Fellows the following year. It is supported by the Temasek Foundation, a Singapore-based non-profit “that seeks to contribute to sustainable growth and a bright future of hope and opportunities for people in Asia.”

Dizon, meanwhile, will be spending a week of training in social and digital media in Columbus in April 2014 for the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism in Columbus.

He was chosen from at least 600 applicants.

“The Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism is dedicated to helping journalists unite rigorous reporting with digital storytelling — so they can learn how to engage in social media and develop innovative online projects that inform wide audiences,” the program said on its website. 

The Kiplinger Program shifted in 2011 from a six-month academic fellowship to a shorter-term executive leadership program that helps journalists learn new digital skills and tools. Fellows within the year the change was made “learned how to leverage Facebook, tweet strategically, better understand search engine optimization, and take advantage of emerging news models.”

The program was first created on Ohio State’s campus in 1973 by Austin Kiplinger in honor of his father, W.M. Kiplinger, one of the university’s first journalism graduates in 1912.

ABS-CBNnews.com is the news website of ABS-CBN Corp.