Founded in 2018, kiniacademy is the training arm of Malaysiakini dedicated to developing a community of skilled journalists in Malaysia and the Southeast Asia region. Kiniacademy offers courses in: 

  • Journalism Training and Grants
  • Media Management Training
  • Youth Development: Political Literacy, Skills for Life

The Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) is an international network of organisations headquartered in London with coordinating offices in Washington, DC and Amsterdam. 

IWPR supports local reporters, citizen journalists and civil society activists in countries in conflict, crisis and transition. 

The South East Asia Forum For Reporting (SEAFORE) programme is designed to create a community of ASEAN and Timor-Leste journalists rooted in a shared awareness of the major regional issues. In the process, we aim to create a spirit of collaborative journalism that addresses Southeast Asia’s unique needs and concerns.

Journalists from all over Southeast Asia will come together to attend masterclasses on various topics featuring subject matter experts. SEAFORE will also provide grants to participating journalists, to support the development of stories surrounding regional issues. Participants will have the opportunity to develop these stories in collaboration with fellow ASEAN journalists too, who will provide them with a unique insight into the topics.

This programme is to create a sustainable forum for discussing ASEAN and Timor-Leste issues in the spirit of collaborative journalism. Rather than working in isolation, journalists will be able to develop their story ideas in collaboration with subject matter experts. They can also forge contacts with other journalists in the Southeast Asian region, creating a network of cooperation across national borders.

Main Aims: 

  • To engage journalists from ASEAN and Timor-Leste in the sharing of knowledge of major regional issues through the presentation of a series of masterclasses by subject matter experts
  • To create a sustainable community of ASEAN and Timor-Leste journalists rooted in a shared awareness of the major regional issues confronting Southeast Asia 
  • To produce investigative journalism stories defined by a uniquely ASEAN approach to the practice of collaborative journalism
  • To recruit 1-2 journalists from Timor-Leste and each of the ten ASEAN countries as the 1st batch of SEAFORE participants 

4 September: Managing and Protecting Labour Migration in ASEAN


  • share experiences, challenges, good practices and perspectives on labour mobility governance, portability of social security for migrant workers, and responsible business practices that contribute to safe labour migration especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

11 September: Deforestation, Trans-boundary Haze and Sustainable Oil Palm Production


  • Gain a comprehensive overview of the transboundary haze crisis in Southeast Asia, and its connection to both deforestation and palm oil production.

25 September: Post Pandemic Travel and Tourism Recovery in South East Asia 


  • To increase participants’ understanding of ASEAN’s post pandemic tourism recovery challenges and efforts needed, in terms of health and safety concerns, restoring confidence, as well as the livelihoods of industry workers with a view toward more comprehensive reporting surrounding the subject and to raise new questions and issues in connection with regional economic cooperation to revive tourism in ASEAN

9 October: Maritime security, Geo-strategic Challenges, and The Stability of the ASEAN region


  • Examine the issue of maritime security, in connection with the geo-strategic challenges facing the stability of ASEAN

23 October: Turning the Tide on Corruption in ASEAN Countries


  • Gain a deep insight into the problem of corruption within a Southeast Asian context

The Masterclass programme will be structured into 3 components: 

You can register for this event through this link: https://forms.gle/N53kUcCWCrpvRwhSA by providing your name, institution and email address

The SEAFORE program believes in diversity and welcomes participants regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status or disability. 

No, Masterclasses are free to attend once you have registered through the link provided

Sessions are live streamed through the kiniacademy facebook page.

Link can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/kiniacademy/

Recordings of each Masterclass can be accessed through the Resources page found HERE.