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.
China’s Rise and the Future of ASEAN Summer LAB
Location: Singapore and Cambodia
Dates: 20 May – 31 May 2019
Faculty: Vincent Ni (Journalist and Yale Greenberg World Fellow)
This journalism LAB offers participants an opportunity to look at ASEAN’s future by reporting on Cambodia and China: what roles can Cambodia and ASEAN play in the US-China trade friction? How is technology shaping the young generation in Cambodia? What kind of competition is happening between China and the US? Is the current debate inflated by rhetoric? And more broadly, what does the role of Cambodia say about the future of this regional organisation? Students on this LAB will gain experience reporting, researching, interviewing, writing, and using geopolitical and economic analyses from the field. The LAB will begin with several days in Singapore, discussing major literature and past reportage. Students will pitch story ideas and discuss them with the LAB facilitators. The group will then travel to Cambodia to visit businesses, factories, NGOs, intellectuals, and the local Chinese community. Upon return to Singapore, students will spend a few days debriefing with the LAB facilitators, as well as finalizing and submitting their stories. At the end of this LAB, students are required to submit one story from Cambodia and one story from Singapore. Both writings should draw upon the visits and the meetings in both countries.
Student organisations are a way to gain some of the skills related to journalism and to build a portfolio of ‘clips’ or published writing.
An understanding of digital tools is necessary for those entering journalism today. You can hone your photography skills with the Photography Society. You might also 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 provide you with skills useful to journalism. Here is a sample of courses routinely offered at Yale-NUS but also consider courses at NUS and whilst on study abroad.
YHU2202 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
YHU2223 Documentary Photography
YHU2286 Daily Themes
YHU3216 Introduction to Photojournalism
YHU4214 Advanced Creative Nonfiction
CIPE is offering up to 2 Summer Writing Fellowships at CUNY Newmark School of Journalism: https://cipe.yale-nus.edu.sg/summer-opportunities/writing-fellowship/
Application cycle for 2019 is closed.
The Asian American Journalist Association is active in Asia and offers student memberships. This gives you access to events, conferences, and mentors.
For more information: https://www.aaja.org/yung_aaja
Here are some pieces of good advice to young, aspiring journalists: