Journalism Program 2022
FNF SEEA Journalist Training Program 2022
What does it feel like to live a queer life in Southeast and East Asia? From severe punishments
and open homophobia in Indonesia, to the legalization of same-sex marriages in Taiwan, to
the first Pride Parade in Thailand: the conditions in the societies that they live in are as varied
as the people who feel part of the LGBTQ+ community. During the Covid pandemic, however,
marginalized groups suffered even more. Many were defenseless against assault and
domestic violence. In addition; increasing nationalism and pressure from right-wing religious
groups and conservative institutions in some countries in Southeast and East Asia are
increasingly restricting individual freedoms.
Behind the headlines, various aspects of queer life - from discrimination and subliminal hostility to courageous activism to the celebration of pride - often remains untold. We want to support young journalists from Southeast and East Asia to shine a light on those powerful stories that remained untold.
The participants will receive ONLINE trainings on investigative journalism and multimedia
storytelling. They´ll have three months, from August to October 2022, to research a story.
Applications from Teams of Writer and Photographer/Videographer are highly encouraged.
- Multiple training-sessions with high-profile journalists
- 2,000 Euro Honorarium for a multimedia article (English)
- International recognition via publication of your article by FNF and possibly by other media channels
- Networking with other young aspiring journalists
We look for:
- Freelance journalists from Southeast or East Asia, who have less than five years work- experience, solid journalism skills, values journalistic ethics and standards, fluent in English, share FNF´s liberal values and are willing to deliver an investigative multimedia article.
A look back: The 2021 FNF SEEA Journalist Training Program
In 2021, FNF SEEA supported four young female freelance journalists, who researched and
delivered articles about "Business and Human Rights". FNF was able to recruit the renowned
journalist Sheila Coronel as a trainer, who supported the journalists from the very start of their
research until the completion of their work. All articles were published by FNF and by major
media outlets, including Rappler and the South China Morning Post. One of the stories came
in second place in the "Journalism for an Equitable Asia Award 2021" competition.
Click here for the full reports:
- The garlic peelers of Manila: under the skin of the Philippines’ informal economy
"FNF’s Journalism Scholarship program opened a lot of opportunities for me especially in
Southeast Asia from networks, projects, to awards. With the short time that I have spent under
the wing of the organization, I have seen the value of my job and the importance of pursuing
the truth. It also allowed me to be trained by and to meet and get to talk to several people I
look up to in the industry. I must say, I owe much of my young career to the FNF training."
"The FNF training programme was very helpful to me as an early-career freelance journalist. It
gave me the opportunity to pursue stories I feel concerned about and the training sessions
equipped me with learnings that helped me improve my research, reporting, and writing skills.
It was also a great space to connect with fellow journalists around Southeast Asia."
Please apply before July 24th 2022, by sending your CV, links to your previous work and a
half-page pitch for your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.