We look forward to host the first News Literacy Summer Institute for media educators and practitioners from Southeast Asian countries in Ho Chi Minh City between August 1 and August 3, 2017.

News literacy has been adopted in Vietnam since 2013 by the Faculty of Journalism and Communication, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City (USSH). We proudly host training workshops for nearly 10,000 college and high school students in the south of Vietnam. Now we look forward to hosting the first Summer Institute for News Literacy Fellows in Asia for media educators and practitioners from Southeast Asian countries in Ho Chi Minh City between August 1 and August 3, 2017.

The Institute offers the opportunity for lecturers, teachers and practitioners to learn how to apply news literacy and its core elements to their work. The Institute will introduce advanced courses currently taught at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JMSC) of The University of Hong Kong, and the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University in the United States. 

We also provide assistance to those who want to set up their own news literacy courses at their home university or institution. USSH, the JMSC and the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, our overseas partners, hold sustainable cooperation in high regard, so we invite leading experts in the field of news literacy studies to work with us. Together, we hope to build a strong network of media educators and practitioners who care for news production and news consumption.

What can the Summer Institute for News Literacy Fellows in Asia 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 and selection will be based on applicants’ interests and potential contributions to the field. 

How much does it cost to attend the Institute?

The organizers will cover the costs of following items for all participants:

  • Accommodation at a nice hotel in District 1, the center of Ho Chi Minh City
  • Meals, including breakfast, tea-break, lunch, and two dinner banquets
  • Teaching materials
  • Transportation around the city 

You just need to cover the cost of traveling to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and back to your home country.

How to apply?

  • In order to apply,please fill out the online application form following the link below: 


  • In addition,please complete your application by sending the following documents to
  • your curriculum vitae
  • a scan of your passport (ID page with passport number) if you are not a Vietnamese citizen


Deadline for sending application forms: July 1, 2017

(Including: online application form, curriculum vitae, scan of your passport ID to

After assessing all applications, we will invite selected candidates and wait for their confirmation.

Invitations will be sent starting from July 5, 2017. The following video features participants and instructors at the 2015 Institute for News Literacy Fellows in Asia, held in Myanmar. They discuss why news literacy is crucial in their teaching:


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