ACFJ training courses are short-term courses seeking to hone participants’ skills in a special genre or field of reporting. Offerings vary from year to year.
Among ACFJ’s recent offerings are: Investigative Journalism, Reporting on Food and Agriculture, Editorial and Opinion Writing, Reporting on Religions, Reporting on Conflict and Peace.
Online Learning Methods
All ACFJ courses use blended online learning methods. Classes are instructor-led and take place in synchronous or asynchronous environments hosted by WebCT. Some courses are taught using a hybrid of online and on-campus methods.
In M. A. Journalism, core courses are hybrid classes, electives are held entirely online while cognate courses are held on-site at the Ateneo de Manila University’s Loyola Campus.
With this mix of methods, students congregate on campus only on two brief periods: for two weeks in the July and for the six-week summer
semester. In the diploma programs in photojournalism and radio journalism, some courses are also hybrid classes.
The medium of instruction is English. Non-Filipino applicants to the M.A. Journalism must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This requirement may be waived in the diploma and training programs upon presentation of proof of language proficiency.
The academic year has two regular semesters and one summer semester. The first semester begins in June and ends in September; the second begins in November and ends in March of the following year. The summer semester runs from April to May. The diploma programs and training courses may follow schedules outside the
Tuition fees cost about US$225 per course. Miscellaneous fees vary. In M. A. Journalism, tuition and miscellaneous fees total approximately US$2,000; for the two on-campus sessions, living costs sum up to about US$1,200.
ACFJ offers support to Asian journalists through fellowship and financial assistance schemes. Each year 15 grants covering full tuition and other benefits are awarded under the program ACFJ Fellowships for M. A. Journalism. Similar grants are offered in the other programs.