Welcome to the Journalism Pathway. Whether you have known since you were a child that you have a passion for the news or have recently wondered whether journalism might be something of interest, CIPE can help you figure out your path. There is no one direct route to becoming a journalist but whatever one you take, your focus should be on building the relevant skills.

How do you develop those skills? One thing any journalist will tell you is you need to write. And write. And write some more. Your writing and your eye for a story improves the more you do it. Plus, when you apply for journalism internships or jobs, employers will expect you to have ‘clips’ or examples of your published work. On campus, there are publications like The Octant and others that will help you hone your skills. Get involved in those. Similarly, there are courses taught at Yale-NUS that are relevant for those with an interest in journalism and we’ve listed some of those below.

CIPE will also offer other training opportunities that can aid the budding journalist in you from on campus workshops to journalism fellowships. We also will offer LABs linked to skill building, including those related to journalism, so check for those. And we are happy to work with the Writers’ Centre, the Octant, and Arts & Humanities to co-sponsor talks on journalism or by journalists.

Consider also how you build your network. The Asian American Journalists Association is active in the region and part of its mission is to nurture the careers of young journalists. Consider joining their Young Professionals Network. There is also CIPE’s GPS Platform to link you to an external mentor and CIPE’s advisors are always happy to use their networks to introduce you to professionals who can offer wise advice and counsel.

The pathway to a career in journalism is varied. Embarking on it means finding your way. CIPE’s role is to act in partnership with you and help you as you forge your own path by providing advice and opportunities along the way. One good place to start is with the readings listed below where veteran journalists offer their wisdom and insights, honed over years in the profession, to those just starting out.

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CIPE LAB programmes


Visual Anthropology and Journalism Masterclass: Obscura Festival 2019

Penang, Malaysia (2019)

Led by: Tom White, Ian Teh & Vignes Balasingam

Participants of this summer LAB attended a 9-day photography masterclass, in partnership with the Obscura Festival of Photography. Each student produced a portfolio in the form of a photo essay as part of the intensive masterclass. This portfolio was presented at the Obscura Festival of Photography in Penang. At the festival, participants received feedback from industry professionals in photography, media and the arts.

China’s Rise and the Future of ASEAN Summer LAB

Singapore and Cambodia (2019)

Led by: Vincent Ni (Journalist and Yale Greenberg World Fellow)

This journalism LAB offered participants an opportunity to look at ASEAN’s future by reporting on Cambodia and China. The LAB involved discussing major literature and past reportage in Singapore, and visits to businesses, factories, NGOs, intellectuals, and the local Chinese community in Cambodia. Students on this LAB gained experience reporting, researching, interviewing, writing, and using geopolitical and economic analyses from the field, culminating in their own story submissions.

Documentary Photography Masterclass with The Obscura Festival

Penang, Malaysia (2018)

Led by: Tom White and Ian Teh

In this LAB, participants attended a 5 day workshop in partnership with the Obscura Festival of Photography. Each student produced a portfolio in the form of a photo essay under intensive masterclass conditions. This portfolio was presented in the form of a public slideshow during the Obscura Festival of Photography in Penang, Malaysia to an audience that included photography, media and art industry professionals.

Notions of Identity Through Art, Writing And The Digital

Northport, Maine, US (2018)

Led by: Diana Chester and Heidi Stalla

In this LAB, students participated in a series of creative writing and digital media workshops in a century-old summer “camp” in Northport, Maine. It provided an opportunity for students to experience small-town America at a moment in time when the country was steeped in heated debates about immigration policy, racial diversity, social identities, and ultimately what it means to be American.


Examples of past internships in journalism and related fields by Yale-NUS students include:

  • MediaCorps
  • Rice Media
  • GovInsider
  • Justice Without Borders PR Fellowship
  • Lien Centre for Social Innovation
  • ABS-CBN (Philippines)
  • The Straits Times
  • Channel News Asia
  • Sentient Media
  • National Geographic
  • Al Jazeera
  • ChinaFile
  • Asian-American Journalists Association
  • Forkast News

To search for current options, visit Symplicity and search for “journalism,” “media” and/or “communications.”

Scholarships & Fellowships

CIPE offers up to 2 Summer Writing Fellowships in journalism each year:



Semester 1, AY20-21

Journalism Pathway: Alumni Panel
Harini V (’18), Singapore International Mediation Centre
Ng Qi Siang (’19), Business Writer, The Edge Singapore
Rachel Quek (’18), Video Journalist, Straits Times

Covering Covid: Photojournalism in a Pandemic
Neo Xiaobin & Kevin Lim, Photojournalists, The Straits Times

Semester 2, AY19-20

Fireside Chat on Financial Journalism 
Joyce Koh, Singapore Bureau Chief, Bloomberg LP
Liza Lin, Technology Reporter, Wall Street Journal

The Perils of Being First: Pitching Big Stories Before They’re “Big Stories”
Bob Reiss, bestselling author of 23 b0oks of fiction and non-fiction

Multimedia Journalism for Social Change
Paterno Esmaquel II, Multimedia Reporter, Rappler

Pathways in Journalism Tea
Yale-NUS faculty, staff and students

How to Write a Successful Op-Ed: Views as an editor and column writer
Jose Ignacio Torreblanca, Professor of Political Science, UNED University and Head of ECFR Madrid

Semester 1, AY19-20

Women’s Work: A Life in Foreign Correspondence 
Megan K. Stack, author and foreign correspondent

Student Organisations

Student organisations are a way to gain some of the skills related to journalism and to build a portfolio of ‘clips’ or published writing.

  • Consider writing for the campus student newspaper The Octant, and getting involved in the publication process. Student journalism is a common background for working journalists.
  • Look at tònes for experience in a multilingual magazine.
  • Hone your photography skills with the Photography Society. An understanding of digital tools is necessary for those entering journalism today.
  • Develop your narrative building skills through multiple media with the Storytellers.
  • Explore writing for The Mocktant, the satirical news source.
  • Consider taking on the social media outreach for any of the organizations you work with, as facility with social media and reaching target audiences is increasingly part of what journalists need to do.


Coursework can support the development of your technical and narrative skills. Here is a sample of courses that have been offered at Yale-NUS. You can also consider courses at NUS and while on study abroad.

YHU2202 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

YHU2222 Digital Narratives

YHU2223 Documentary Photography

YSC2249 Writing about Science, Nature and the Environment

YHU2286 Daily Themes

YHU2310 A Reporter’s Toolbox: The Practice of Daily Journalism

YSS3202 Ethnography

YHU3216 Introduction to Photojournalism

YHU3217 Forms of Nonfiction: Literary Journalism from Print to Sound

YHU3327 Social Practice Art

YHU4214 Advanced Creative Nonfiction

Professional Associations

The Asian American Journalist Association is active in Asia and offers student memberships.  This gives you access to events, conferences, and mentors.


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