SPJS joins Asian J-school network

The Statesman
Asia News Network

Phnom Penh, 13 February

Leading media academic institutions from five Asian countries, including the Statesman Print Journalism School, have reached an agreement to forge a regional collaboration on media education that will be called the Alliance of Asian Media Schools.
Besides SPJS, the schools are the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ) at Philippines` Ateneo de Manila University, Nation University`s Faculty of Communication Arts from Thailand, Royal University of Phnom Penh`s Department of Media and Communication (DMC) from Cambodia and National Management College in Yangon, Myanmar.
The media schools will work together to synergise their media courses so as to allow students to access education across the five countries, exchange teachers, and introduce a new pan-Asian knowledge curriculum.The five met at the Asian J-School Summit in Phnom Penh last weekend organised by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung`s Media Programme Asia. Also participating at the meeting were the Asia News Network, an alliance of 22 media organisations in 19 Asian countries including The Statesman, and the Rural Media Network of Pakistan.
``These are top journalism schools,`` said Torben Stephan, director of the KAS Media Programme, Asia. ``The time has come to join and work on a new regional perspective of journalism education.``
The initiative will be put together under the direction of Dr Violet Valdez, associate professor and executive director of ACFJ. She said, `` AMS is envisioned as a platform for sharing experiences and resources, and forging a journalism curriculum that is relevant to the culture and aspirations of Asian societies.``