ASEAN Youth Social Journalism Training Workshop

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

September 16th – 19th, 2019

The U.S. Government through the ASEAN-USAID PROSPECT project, in partnership with the ASEAN Foundation and the Scoop (a media outlet for news, arts and culture and lifestyle based in Brunei Darussalam), is proud to support youth engagement in the region through the ASEAN Youth Social Journalism Contest. This initiative, which was first held as the ASEAN “Citizen” Journalism Contest in 2017, is designed to support youth leadership and civic engagement through the production of campaigns exploring the importance of responsive and transparent government in the day-to-day lives of youth. Finalists were selected after a Technical Evaluation Panel prequalified up to 5 applicants per ASEAN Member State for final selection by the Senior Officials Meeting on Youth. Scoring was based on a candidates’ 600-word essay highlighting the importance of responsive and transparent government in their day-to-day lives.

This week, the finalists are participating in a professional social journalism workshop being held at the Language and Literature Bureau in Seri Begawan. The four-day workshop will teach participants how to be “social journalists,” providing skills to develop compelling media products to express themselves and raise their voices on issues pertaining to responsive and transparent governance in their communities. More specifically, under the guidance of a media specialist, participants will learn about writing, web-blogging, photography, videography, and editing, including tips and techniques for reaching a wider audience through traditional and non-traditional media. Following the training, finalists will work in country teams to execute their plans for awareness raising campaigns in their home countries. Participants will compete for exciting prizes based upon the success and impact of their campaigns.

In his Opening Remarks, Mr. Daniel Lee, Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Brunei, welcomed the distinguished guests and the social journalists training participants. He expressed great pleasure to be among such an inspiring group of young social journalists and activists and emphasized the U.S. Government’s dedication to empowering tomorrow’s leaders as a priority for USAID in the region. He went on wish the participants a fruitful training workshop and collaborative experience in Brunei.