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Developing Asia Journalism Training and Awards


This year’s Developing Asia Journalism Awards (DAJA) will include a short training course for a group of 20 journalists from ADB DMCs across Asia and the Pacific. The program is designed not only to enhance participating journalists’ knowledge on various development issues, but more importantly, to recognize and emphasize their crucial role in fostering greater awareness of key development issues, and providing sound information to the public that they may be empowered to make better socio-economic choices.

The poverty impact of the global financial crisis and government responses to the crisis, as well as the role of development journalism in promoting greater economic and financial literacy will be the main issues of discussion for the 4-day workshop. The program will also profile ADB and ADBI’s work on adaptation to climate change and public private partnerships (PPPs) for infrastructure development. Practical sessions designed to help journalists prepare clear, accessible stories that will provide ordinary citizens with a better understanding of the economic realities and development issues facing their countries are also included in the program.

The objectives of this training course and the awards are to: i) enhance the understanding and further develop the skills of journalists in Asia by equipping them with sound and current knowledge on key economic and development issues, and; ii) to enable and encourage them to actively promote public awareness through informative, responsible, and empowering journalism.

An announcement has been made to call for submission of articles related to four issues/categories, namely, i) poverty impact of the global financial crisis; ii) government responses to the global financial crisis; iii) infrastructure development; and iv) climate change adaptation. The top 20 articles will be selected by a panel of judges and their authors/writers will be invited to the four day training program that will be concluded with an awards ceremony.

Winners and runners up of each of the four categories including two special prizes for Best Development Journalist of the Year and Best Young Development Journalist of the Year will be selected and awarded at the dinner at the Foreign Correspondents Club.


1. Enhanced monitoring, analytical, and reporting skills on economic and other development issues for Asian journalists
2. Greater public awareness of economic and other development issues through the work of the participating journalists
3. Better public and corporate governance in Asia and the Pacific


Journalists from ADB’s developing member countries

Asian Development Bank headquarters and ADB Japanese Representative Office.
Event Details

* Event: Developing Asia Journalism Training and Awards
* Venue: ADBI, Tokyo
* Start date: 20 October 2009
* End Date: 23 October 2009

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August 25, 2009 - Posted by | Media, Notice | , ,

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