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New fellowships support journalists in Myanmar and Afghanistan

Images: HKU Journalism

The Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas and the University of Hong Kong have launched the JNI-HKU Opportunity Fellowships to give professional development opportunities to two journalists from Myanmar and Afghanistan.

JNI-HKU Opportunity Fellowship recipients will undertake a Master of Journalism at the University of Hong Kong in the 2022–23 academic year.

JNI will bring the fellows to Australia, as part of their postgraduate study, to expand their industry networks and work with local journalism students.

HKU will also provide mentoring, editing support and access to its regional network of media contacts to help fellows publish a significant reporting project on issues affecting their home countries.

Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to journalism and a willingness to share the knowledge they gain with others in the field.

Special consideration will be given to women journalists.

JNI-HKU Opportunity Fellows will complete a Master of Journalism at Asia’s premier university. Images: HKU Journalism

JNI’s Director of Education Andrea Ho said: “Journalism is crucial to help document events and understand communities under duress.”

“Supporting journalists to do their craft well is key to help civil societies endure when under threat or re-establish after disruption.

“JNI and HKU are providing an opportunity to develop the practice of working journalists from Myanmar and Afghanistan at a time when reporting from these countries is critical.”

Journalists in Myanmar (above) and Afghanistan have been placed under increased pressure in 2021. Image: Nyein Su Wai Kyaw Soe

The Director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong Keith Richburg said: “HKU Journalism is really excited to be partnering with the Judith Neilson Institute for this incredibly important initiative to assist our journalist colleagues from Myanmar and Afghanistan.”

“I’ve spent time in both countries and watched how independent media was able to grow and thrive over the years.”

“Now that independent media is being threatened — by the military coup in Myanmar and the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan — it’s heartening that we are in a position to help, in a small way, keep that flame of press freedom alive.”

Applications for the JNI-HKU Opportunity Fellowships have now closed.

HKU Journalism

HKU Journalism offers world-class professional journalism education at Asia’s premier university. Its experienced, highly skilled instructors and support staff enhance professional standards and bolster journalistic integrity through teaching program, research, professional services and partnerships with major media outlets.

JNI has worked closely with HKU Journalism on a number of projects, including the JNI Asia Reporting Fellowships.

Despite its historic facade, HKU’s Eliot Hall houses a state of the art journalism training centre. Image: HKU Journalism