Kiwi Asian Journalism Scholarship

13 September 2010

The Asia New Zealand Foundation is offering an annual scholarship as a way of attracting more Asian New Zealanders into journalism.

The 2010 scholarship will apply to the 2011 calendar year and be for the value of $5000 to be paid on completion of the successful candidate’s course of journalism study.

It is only the second time this scholarship has been offered. The inaugural scholarship winner is Corazon Miller who is currently studying journalism at AUT University.

The scholarship is designed to encourage greater representation of Asian communities in mainstream New Zealand journalism.

By way of background, a 2007 survey of New Zealand journalists undertaken by the New Zealand Journalism Training Organisation (NZJTO) showed that only about 2 percent of all journalists working in the mainstream English language news media were Asian. This is despite Asian New Zealanders making up about ten percent of the population.

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, candidates will need to be:

•    New Zealand permanent residents or passport holders
•    Asian or part Asian in ethnicity
•    Considering a career in news journalism
•    Under the age of 25 years
•    Accepted into a course of journalism study at an NZJTO affiliated journalism school

The ability to speak an Asian language is an advantage.

The deadline for applications is November 30, 2010.

Charles Mabbett
Media Adviser
Asia New Zealand Foundation
Ph: 04 470 8701
Mob: 027 226 8707

Last updated: 18 Dec 2012