Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships


The Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships (APJF) program was initiated in 1998 for the purpose of strengthening understanding between Asia and the United States through field study tours and dialogues in Asia Pacific for American journalists. Each program offers opportunities for six to eight senior American broadcast, print, and online journalists to participate. More than 80 journalists have participated in this program.


2017 Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships

The 2017 Asia Pacific Journalism Fellowships, co-sponsored by the East-West Center and Shih Hsin University in Taiwan, took seven print, broadcast and online US journalists to Taipei and Tainan from December 5–11, 2017.  The study tour included high-level meetings with government officials including Vice President Chen Chien-jen and the Minister of Foreign Affairs David Tawei Lee. The group also met with business leaders of high-tech companies in Tainan; participated in a forum on “Digital Media, Journalism, and Freedom of Expression” with prominent local journalists, scholars and students; made cultural visits to the National Palace Museum in Taipei and to the Tainan Confucius Temple; and rode Taiwan’s high-speed rail between Taiwan and Tainan. These engagements provided opportunities for the journalists to explore current issues covering the political, economic, security, social and cultural issues of contemporary Taiwan, Taiwan-US relations, Cross-strait relations, trade, and Taiwan’s role in the Asia Pacific region and the world.

The 2017 APJF participants were:

  1. Mr. Thomas Barton, Editorial Page Editor, Savannah Morning News, Savannah, Georgia
  2. Mr. Nishant Dahiya, Asia Editor, National Public Radio (NPR), Washington, DC
  3. Ms. Stephanie Earls, Features Reporter, The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  4. Mr. Robert Gramer, Staff Writer, Foreign Policy, Washington, DC
  5. Ms. Maya Rodriguez, Miami Correspondent, NBC News, Miami, Florida
  6. Mr. Adam Taylor, Foreign Desk Reporter, Washington Post, Washington, DC
  7. Mr. Owen Ullman, Managing Editor, USA Today, McLean, Virginia


Marilyn Li
Program Coordinator, Seminars and Journalism Programs
East-West Center
1601 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96848, USA
Phone: 808-944-7384; Fax: 808-944-7600