ASEAN Youth Citizen Journalism Contest: Voicing Awareness on the ASEAN Community through Journalism

November 4th – 9th, 2017. The United States Government, through the ASEAN-U.S. PROGRESS project, and in partnership with the ASEAN Foundation is hosting the first ever ASEAN Youth Citizen Journalism contest workshop in Singapore November 4th – 9th. The contest, launched in September, asked young people across ASEAN to write an essay (max 600 words) on the most pressing ASEAN-wide issue that relates to their own communities. Drawing from the submission of more than 400 entries from all ten ASEAN Member States (AMS), organizers selected the top 20 finalists, two from each AMS, to participate in this week’s training workshop, which is focused on sharpening their journalism skills. Specifically, under the guidance of a professional journalism trainer, finalists are learning about content production in variety of formats, including news articles, photography, video production, and social media platforms. In addition, participants are learning about journalism ethics, interview techniques, and how best to capture audio and visual materials for presentation.

In her opening remarks, Revina Indra Putri from the Education, Youth and Sports Division of the ASEAN Secretariat stated: “One of ASEAN’s goals over the next five years is to raise awareness on the ASEAN Community among our young people…this program, endorsed by the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY), is helping youth finalists to acquire knowledge and skills on how to better use media formats to connect and advocate for positive change in their communities.”

Following the training portion of the four-day workshop, finalists will begin working together as two-person country teams to further develop their awareness raising activity for their respective countries. In the month following the workshop, teams will be required to submit at least three inputs one from each of the formats—article, photo, and video—through the ASEAN Youth Citizen Journalism Facebook page to be eligible to win cash prizes up to $1000! The top winners will be announced in January 2018.

As ASEAN celebrates its 50th anniversary, the United States and ASEAN celebrate 40 years of partnership, marking a deepened cooperation under the U.S.-ASEAN Strategic Partnership. The ASEAN Youth Citizen Journalism Contest is one of the many U.S. Government initiatives supporting youth in ASEAN.

Photo by Revina Indra Putri from ASEAN Secretariat.