25 APAC journalists selected for next round of Product Immersion program; applications open for next cohort in the Americas

  • By Newmark J-School Staff

The product thinking program opens applications for journalists in North, South, and Central America to apply for tuition-free product training; the cohort for the APAC region has also been selected and will kick-off this month. 

The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY is pleased to announce the participants of the next cohort of the Product Immersion for Small Newsrooms, a popular training program in partnership with the Google News Initiative and the News Product Alliance. Applications for the third and final cohort, for journalists in North, Central and South America, are now open, too.

The two-month, tuition-free program aims to teach participants from small to mid-sized news organizations product thinking methodologies and ways to incorporate it into existing workflows in order to create more efficient and sustainable product development and management. These journalists come from 13 countries across the region including Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Korea, and Vietnam.

“These 25 journalists come from a myriad of backgrounds from all over the region, all with aspirations to develop or grow their products. We’re excited to see how this program will help them achieve their goals,” said Marie Gilot, Executive Director of J+ at the Newmark J-School. 

This training program offers online classes led by industry experts and product design practitioners from newsrooms and organizations around the world. Additionally, participants will also receive small-group coaching throughout the program. 

“We can’t wait to welcome another cohort to this program and inspire another group of journalists from the Asia-Pacific region to bring product methodologies back to their organizations,” said Feli Carrique, Executive Director of the News Product Alliance.

Journalists and media practitioners in North, South, and Central America can now apply to participate in our next cohort. That cohort will run virtually from February 24 to April 26, 2023. To be considered for the program, applicants must submit the online application, which includes several short responses about the applicant’s familiarity with and interest in product development and a letter of newsroom commitment from the applicant’s organization. Journalists and media practitioners with no experience in product are encouraged to apply. Instruction will be in English and fluency in English is required. 

“We know that this program can be very inspiring for the participants as they learn how product thinking can transform how they approach their work. We’re looking forward to working with journalists in the next cohort from the North, South, and Central America region,” said Marco Túlio Pires, News Lab Lead for the Google News Initiative. 

Applications for the Americas cohort will remain open until December 9, 2022. To receive updates about the Product Immersion program and other programs offered by J+, please subscribe to our mailing list.  

Meet the 2022-2023 Asia-Pacific cohort of the Product Immersion program:

    • Cintia Baio is a digital platform lead at SBS News. She is based in Sydney, Australia.
    • Rajneesh Bhandari is the founder, chief editor, and CEO of Nepal Investigative Multimedia Journalism Network, a non-profit that investigates social justice issues and accountability and trains journalists on advanced investigative reporting and multimedia storytelling. He is based in Kathmandu, Nepal.
    • Talei Caucau is an Indigenous Fijian researcher at Australian National University and country coordinator for Melanesian Women Today. She is based in Suva, Fiji. 
    • Imogen Champagne is the audience editor at Crikey, an independent website for news, investigations, analysis and opinion in Australia. She is based in Pambula, Australia.
    • Anthony Colangelo is a journalist turned editor. He is starting a new position as senior editor at The New Daily. He was most recently a sub-editor at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). He is based in Melbourne, Australia.
    • Joydeep Dasgupta is an editor at News Sense and a fact check trainer. He is based in Kolkata, India.
    • Marga Deona leads product management for Rappler’s multimedia and works at the intersection of video, technology, and revenue. She is based in Manila, Philippines.
    • Narantungalag (Naanga) Enkhtur is a media entrepreneur, journalist and fact-checker with more than a decade of experience in local community radio, prints, television stations. She is also the co-founder of the Nest Center for Journalism Innovation and Development. She is based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
    • Toaha Faroque is a professional journalist and content manager who deals with the treatment and distribution of news and content, as well as team management at Jamuna Television. He is based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
    • Aisha Farrukh is a journalist and a head of content at The Centrum Media (TCM), Asia’s first video-based and Pakistan’s first digital news network. She is based in Islamabad, Pakistan.
    • Nica Hanopol reports and fact checks for VERA Files, a nonprofit online media organization. She is based in Quezon City, Philippines.
    • Xiao Xiao Hu is a journalist who’s keen to understand the changes and non-changes in modern society. She is the China Legal Editor for Asian Legal Business. She is based in Beijing, China.
    • Kirthi Jayakumar founded and runs The Gender Security Project, a digital platform with a focus on gender, security, justice, and peace through research, reportage, and documentation. She is based in Chennai, India.
    • Giang Le is a reporter for the Vietnamese collective, Beacon Asia Media, who believes in the power of storytelling. She is based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
    • Hyuntaek Lee is a staff writer of the Chosunilbo and the sub-chairman of Web Portal Strategy at Journalists Association of Korea. He is based in Seoul, South Korea. 
    • Daniel Marchette is the CEO of Globe Media Asia and focuses on product development, partnerships and operations for the group’s publications, Southeast Asia Globe and Focus – Ready for Tomorrow. He is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
    • Akhil Reddy Mothe is a product manager at Factly Media and Research. He is based in Hyderabad, India. 
    • Sannuta Raghu leads Scroll.in‘s video newsroom, where she has built news and news+ products for platforms with 6 million to 200 million users. She is based in Mumbai, India.
    • Ritika is the managing editor at Feminism in India (Hindi). She is an award-winning multimedia journalist who is passionate about social justice and gender rights. She is based in New Delhi, India. 
    • Mehmal Sarfraz is co-founder of The Current, a digital news and lifestyle platform. She has been working as a journalist since 2005 in both print and electronic media. She is based in Lahore, Pakistan.
    • Sahina Shrestha is the online editor for Nepali Times, an English language weekly that provides in-depth reporting and expert commentary on Nepali politics, business, culture, travel and society. She is based in Kathmandu, Nepal.
    • Furquan Ameen Siddiqui is associate editor at Land Conflict Watch, an independent network of researchers, lawyers and journalists studying land conflicts, climate change, and natural resource governance in India. He is based in Delhi, India.
    • Shaminder Singh is a fact checker and interface conversational manager at Newschecker. He is based in Chandigarh, India
    • Bounheng Southichak​​ is the founder of Lao Youth Radio. He has a passion to bring more media products and digital literacy to Lao society. He is based in Vientiane, Laos.
    • Kat Ventura is a journalist and podcaster, and is currently the executive producer of Teka Teka News by PumaPodcast. She is based in Quezon City, Philippines.