CALLING all journalists, netizens, and bloggers based in Metro Manila:

Are you into investigative reporting?

Would you like to attend a PCIJ seminar?

The last of four seminars on “Political Clans, Governance, and Journalists’ Safety” of the PCIJ will be held on September 19-22, 2013 for the journalists, netizens, and bloggers of Metro Manila.

August 1, 2013, Thursday, is the deadline for application.

Who may apply?

Researchers, anchors, producers, editors, news managers, freelance reporters, contributors, and stringers of print, TV, radio, and online media may apply. Citizen media and bloggers covering public policy issues are also eligible.

The seminar will feature the following sessions:

* Media Killings, Political Violence, and Impunity in the Philippines
* Political Clans: Past and Future Links
* The Government’s Purse: Tracking the State’s Resources
* Ethics and Safety: Field and Newsroom Judgment Calls
* The Fundamentals of Investigative Reporting
* Tracking the Investigative Trails
– The Paper Trail: Understanding, Connecting, and Organizing Documents and Databases
– The People Trail: The Art of the Interview
* Putting the Story Together (for print, broadcast, and multimedia)


The PCIJ will cover:
– Round-trip transportation from the participant’s place of work and/or residence to the seminar venue.
– Board and lodging during the seminar.

The PCIJ will also provide a modest fellowship grant for story proposals that will be approved during or immediately after the seminar.

Application Requirements

1. Completed application form with two references (download here).
2. One or two samples of work discussing public policy, development, human rights, or governance issues.

For print and online: link to the stories or attach copies of stories in Word or PDF

For TV and radio: script, story concept/treatment, talking points, or research materials used in the broadcast story. A recording of the broadcast may also be submitted. Work samples may be submitted via:

a. Mail — enclose the CD or USB flash disk containing the recording of broadcast
b. Email — attach the material or send the link.

Selection process

Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:
– Track record or experience in covering public policy issues.
– Demonstrated interest in doing in-depth reports on governance, development, and human rights issues.
– Potential for playing a key leadership role within his/her organization or media community.

Successful applicants will be notified within 10 working days after deadline.

The seminar graduates will be accorded priority slots in the subsequent Advanced Investigative Reporting Seminars that the PCIJ will conduct in 2014.

Sending your application:

By email:
Email address:
Please state ‘Application to Attend the PCIJ’s Basic IR Seminar’ on the subject line

Note: We will acknowledge receipt of all submissions. If you do not receive any reply within three working days, please resend your application and move a follow-up email or call (02) 410-4768.

By fax:
Telefax: (02) 410-4768
Please write ‘ATTN: PCIJ Training Desk’ on the fax cover sheet
Note: After faxing, please call (02) 410-4768 to confirm if all the documents had been transmitted successfully.

By mail:
The Training Desk
Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
3/F Criselda 2 Bldg., 107 Scout de Guia St.
Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City 1104
Note: We will acknowledge receipt of mailed applications via email or text.

Please contact the PCIJ Training Desk at (02) 410-4768 or

Other PCIJ regional seminars!

Seminar Dates: July 25-28, 2013

Seminar Dates: Aug. 22-25, 2013

Application Deadline Aug. 1, 2013
Seminar Dates: Sept. 19-22, 2013

Why attend?

Through combined onsite and field learning sessions, the seminar aims to enhance the participants’ investigative reporting skills and practice, and offer a framework for analyzing media killings and safety issues in the context of governance, the culture of impunity, and the presence of political clans and private armed groups in many parts of the country.

The seminar also seeks to highlight the role of the police and human rights organizations as vital sources of information for journalists.

The seminar will feature lecture-discussions and workshops to identify potential risks and practical safety tips when covering dangerous assignments.

A Story Development Workshop will give participants an opportunity to pitch story proposals that the PCIJ may consider for fellowship grants and editorial supervision.

Experts from the academe, national media organizations, the police, human rights agencies and organizations, and data repository agencies will lead the discussions.

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