Inaugural fellowship for Asian editors, journalists launched

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KUALA LUMPUR: Thirty editors and journalists from across Asia participated in the new Young Media Leaders (YML) Fellowship programme by the World Editors Forum (WEF) Asia Chapter, organised virtually for the next generation of media leaders.

The World Editors Forum (WEF) Asia Chapter is the regional network for editors within the World Association of News Publishers (Wanifra).

Two of them are journalists from the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) — Aishah Mohmad Afandi and Nurul Jannah Kamaruddin — while the rest of the participants include those from Brunei Press, Dhaka Tribune, Kuensel (Bhutan), Fiji Sun, and Business.mn (Mongolia).

YML, supported by Temasek Foundation, comprises young, high-potential editors and journalists who will gather online for the next six months to share experiences, exchange ideas, amplify the impact of news reporting, and learn to lead in an industry transformed by technology.

This is especially relevant as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to batter global economy and threaten the future of the publishing industry.

“This programme aims at nurturing the next generation of media leaders who can contribute effectively to the pursuit of good journalism and build capacity in their newsrooms to meet the needs of their societies in these uncertain times.

“We want to expose Asia’s future media leaders to the diverse challenges facing the media industry across the region and provide them the opportunity to network and build partnerships to share best practices and improve capabilities,” said WEF president Warren Fernandez.

Fernandez, who is the editor-in-chief of The Straits Times Singapore added the world’s and Asia’s top news publishers meet regularly at over 50 World Association of News Publishers (Wanifra).

“The media is well-placed to contribute to the shaping of the narrative of our times. By tapping into a strong network of media leaders across the region, newsrooms can draw on one another’s strengths to achieve greater impact.

“We hope that participants will utilise the opportunities to grow, and be empowered to build up not just their newsroom but also to contribute to thought leadership to shape the challenges in our society,” said Temasek Foundation Connects chief executive officer Lim Hock Chuan.

Participants of YML Fellowship programme are currently attending the on-going online executive leadership programme tailored for newsroom leaders, from June 8 to 12, and they will participate in the Asian Media Leaders e-Summit in July.

They will also take part in various online dialogues on regional political, economic and societal issues, plan events, activities and stories to mark World News Day on Sept 28.

The participants are scheduled to meet in Singapore next January for the Fellowship finale where the Asian Media Leaders Summit will be held, if the Covid-19 situation permits. – Bernama

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