The SEAPA Journalism Fellowship Program for 2011 was successfully concluded in July 2011 after the 11 selected fellows spent three weeks in a second country in the region and worked on their stories. The fellows from Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia and Timor Lorosae were selected for this year's program under the theme "Gearing up for a community: How free is the flow of information in ASEAN?"
While on assignment, some of the fellows were also able to report news from the field, namely during the rally for electoral reform that was held on 9 July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and similar gatherings in other countries including Thailand. Thai journalist Nares Laopannarai, from the Krungthep Thurakij, who was in Kuala Lumpur wrote about the rally there, while Malaysian journalist from Free Malaysia Today Aneesa Alphonsus reported on the gathering at the Malaysian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.
Malaysian freelance journalist John Teo wrote in the New Straits Times about the peace process in MIndanao, Philippines, while Indonesian journalist Yohanna Yuliati Purba from KBR68H talks about peace in the border town as a result of the clashes between Thailand and Cambodia early this year.
Stories from the field will be published in SEAPA's website as well as the media organizations of the fellows.
The call for next year's fellowship program will be publicized online in January 2012.
Click here for the news article on the program this year.
For stories from the previous programs, see here.