Foundation launches Aries Rufo journalism fellowship


Posted at Sep 21 2019 04:56 AM

Journalists covering the ASEAN summit meetings in Manila on Nov. 14, 2017. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA—The Journalism for Nation Building Foundation on Thursday launched the Aries Rufo Investigative and Explanatory Reporting Fellowship Program for Filipino journalists.

Rufo, who died on September 19, 2015, wrote for Newsbreak and Rappler. He was the author of “Altar of Secrets: Sex, Politics, and Money in the Philippine Catholic Church.”

A fellowship grant worth P100,000 will be awarded to 4 Filipino journalists who will pursue investigative and explanatory reports on key social issues.

There will be 2 cycles for the program, with 1 journalist chosen from Manila and another from the province for each cycle. Deadline for application is on November 8 for the first cycle, and on April 10, 2020 for the second cycle.

The program will shoulder the fellow’s hotel accommodation and food, and the 2-way airfares of those who will come from the provinces.

The foundation is an independent, non-profit organization that produces public-interest works in various platforms. Founded in August 2011, it seeks to promote in-depth journalism that provides context to important issues and pushes for greater transparency and accountability of officials and institutions.

The foundation was established by the team behind Newsbreak, an investigative reporting group that is now part of Rappler. Its current board of trustees includes Marites Dañguilan Vitug, Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza, Miriam Grace Go, Maan Hontiveros and Carmela Fonbuena.

For more information on the fellowship program, email [email protected]

Click here to apply.