Call for Applications for AAJA-Asia’s Student Reporting Mentorship Program 2024

Applications are now open for the Asian American Journalists Association Asia Chapter (AAJA-Asia)’s Student Reporting Mentorship Program 2024.

The initiative is an opportunity for students to develop reporting skills under the mentorship of industry professionals. A cohort of up to 15 students will participate in a series of trainings and will get to write stories covering the journalism industry and underrepresented communities in the Asia Pacific region. Top stories will be published on the website of AAJA-Asia’s New.Now.Next Media Conference (N3Con) 2024. Students and mentors selected for the program will receive complimentary registration to attend the N3Con 2024 conference on May 23-25 in Singapore. Thanks to a sponsorship from the Associated Press (AP), mentees will also receive a complimentary access to the AP Stylebook Online for one month.

Who is this program for?

  1. If you are a student with an interest in journalism studying in the Asia Pacific region:  This is your opportunity to enrich your CV with reporting training sessions and a story that you will write under the guidance of a professional journalist. You will also get a chance to get your story published on the website, a platform regularly viewed by news media professionals from across the region.
  2. If you are a journalist working in the Asia Pacific region: This is your chance to hone your editing skills, make new contacts and provide encouragements and guidance to students to help the next generation of professional reporters to blossom.

How much does this cost?

The program is completely free for all participants.. It is organized with the kind support of the US Embassy in Singapore and AAJA-Asia volunteers. All mentors involved in the program generously participate on a pro bono basis.

How to apply?

If you would like to stand a chance to take part in this program, please apply here. All registered students will be invited to attend the online training workshops and the Ask Me Anything session about the Reporting Mentorship program. A maximum of 15 students will be selected by an AAJA-Asia jury to take part in the mentorship program.

Would you like to hear more about the program before applying? Register here to attend our online AMA session on March 16.

Registration for the online training workshops on 16 & 30 March  without applying to the mentorship program is also possible here.

Applications close on April 2 for both mentors and mentees.


  • March 4: Applications open
  • March 16: Digital Tools for Reporting Workshop (see program below)
  • March 16: AMA session about the Reporting Mentorship Program
  • May 31: Fact-Checking and Source Verification Workshop (see program below)
  • April 4: Applications close for both mentors and mentees
  • April 16: Story assignments confirmed
  • May 14: Deadline for Story submissions

For more information about the program or any question you may have, please contact

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Online Training Workshop: Digital Tools for Reporting

Saturday 16 March, 2024 – 1:00 to 2:30 pm SGT / HKT

This online session meant for students will present an overview of the latest, free online tools and workflows that journalists can use for finding, visualizing and telling news stories. The workshop will focus on how to search for and monitor news stories trends online and on how to use geo-localization and visualization tools to improve storytelling. It will cover the following tools/topics:

  • Google Drive and tools
  • Advanced Search
  • Google Trends
  • Alerts + Archiving
  • Monitoring the Environment


Dain Oh is an award-winning cybersecurity journalist based in South Korea and the founding editor-in-chief of The Readable. Prior to The Readable, she worked for The Electronic Times, the top IT newspaper in Korea, covering the cybersecurity industry on an in-depth level. She reported numerous exclusive stories, and her work related to the National Intelligence Service led to her being honored with the Journalist of the Year Award in 2021 by the Korea Institute of Information Security and Cryptology in a unanimous decision.



Online Training Workshop: Fact-checking and Sources Verification

Saturday 30 March, 2024 – 1:00 to 2:30 pm SGT / HKT

This session will present a fast-paced overview of the most up-to-date issues and practices in online verification. It will also look at the free Google tools, and the best alternatives, used by fact-checkers worldwide to check stories and debunk hoaxes. It will cover the following topics:

  • Common newsroom mistakes
  • Reverse image/video searches
  • Deepfakes
  • Social media monitoring
  • Sourcing and Attribution

Celine Samson is the head of VERA Files’ Facebook fact check team. She has 4+ years experience on fact checking and reporting on mis- and disinformation, and trains students, teachers, media, lawyers, and CSOs how to do fact checking and online verification. She has previously worked as a freelance interpreter and newsgathering assistant for a Reuters investigative series on the Philippines war on drugs, which won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2018.