The Faculty of Journalism and Communication will again host the 2018 News Literacy Summer Institute in its nostalgic campus right inside downtown Saigon from Thursday, December 13 to Saturday, December 15, 2018, in collaboration with the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, USA.

This Institute is a great opportunity for media fellows in Asia to explore news and information literacy courses taught at many universities around the globe, including the United States, Russia, Hong Kong, Poland and Vietnam. During the three-day workshop, instructors from America and Hong Kong will coach you on developing strategies to cope with fake and biased news. After the workshop, you will be able to join the News Literacy Educators network and continue receiving support to set up your own news literacy courses for local communities.

In 2017, the Institute had an acceptance rate of 25% with participants coming from 9 Asian countries, including Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines and Vietnam. The following video features participants of last year's workshop briefing what they learned from the Institute and discussing why news literacy is crucial to societies.




* What does the 2018 News Literacy Summer Institute offer selected applicants?

  • Full news literacy course taught by Dr. Masato Kajimoto, a well-known scholar whose online courses on EdX and Coursera have attracted thousands of students around the world. Dr. Kajimoto is currently an assistant professor at the JMSC and an affiliate professor at Stony Brook University.
  • Assistance in adaptation and implementation of the course for participants’ home institutions
  • Teaching materials
  • Networking opportunities for like-minded teachers from around the region

 * Who is eligible?

  • The Institute is foremost directed at educators and trainers, journalists and other practitioners working in the media environment.
  • Applications from Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Timor-Leste and Vietnam are welcomed in particular.

* How many places are available?

  • Places are limited to 15 people
  • Selection will be based on applicants’ interests and potential contributions to the field.

* How much does it cost to attend the Institute?

  • You just need to cover the cost of traveling to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and back to your home country.
  • We cover the rest: accommodation, meals, taxis, etc.

* How to apply?

  • In order to apply, please fill out the APPLICATION FORM.
  • In addition, please send your curriculum vitae and a scanned copy of your passport (the ID page) to Dr. Le Trieu via
  • All applications will be reviewed by professors from Stony Brook University. Acceptance will be notified on a rolling basis. 


Submission Deadline: November 15, 2018

Applicants Notified:   On a rolling basis 

Workshops:              December 13-15, 2018

For more information, please contact Dr. Le Trieu, dean of the journalism and communication department, via

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