Citizen Journalism Workshop for YSEALI members

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The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, is organizing a four-day workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, focused on blogging, citizen journalism, and fact-based reporting.

From April 29 to May 3, 2020, 60 members of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) will gain a practical understanding of citizen journalism, as well as the skills and resources needed to produce quality evidence-based reporting. At the end of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to practice their newfound citizen journalism skills in Siem Reap to produce compelling, fact-driven reports.

The workshop will include a mix of informational and seminar sessions to cover key topic areas and facilitate discussions among participants and trainers. These sessions will cover topics such as:

  • Understanding citizen journalism and the free flow of information;

  • Ethical and newsworthy reporting;

  • Raising public awareness about citizen journalism;

  • Resources for citizen journalists.

After completion of the workshop, participants will belong to a regional network of citizen journalists. This is a great opportunity for journalists who want to work collaboratively to report on common problems across the region. Journalists who wish to gain blogging, citizen journalism, and fact-based reporting skills are strongly encouraged to apply.

All travel, lodging, and program activity costs are fully funded by the U.S. Department of State.

 Eligibility requirements

  • English-language proficiency;

  • Live in an ASEAN member country (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam) or Timor-Leste;
  • Be registered as a YSEALI member. Application to become a YSEALI member can be found here.
  • Between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of the workshop;

  • Have knowledge, experience, or pursuing careers in journalism fields, communications, citizen journalism, blogging.


Interested candidates will also be required to submit the following:

  • A statement of interest outlining what they hope to gain from the program and how they want to apply it (no more than 500 words);

  • A proposal for a story you wish to produce using the lessons learned from the workshop (no more than 500 words);

  • An updated resume/curriculum vitae;

  • A copy of your valid passport.


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Emily Schult 
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Alexsandra Canedo
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