CIME Fellowship for Ethics Leadership 2012

The year-long program aims to train journalists from around the world to become leaders in the ethics of their profession and carry out a small research in the field of media ethics in their region. More about the Fellowship activities

2012 CIME Fellows who completed all the pillars of the program and a small research

Aveseh Asough (Nigeria) has been a well known voice on Aso Radio Abuja, Nigeria. She also worked at Radio Netherlands, Africa Desk, as a producer of the Africa in Progress program. Joining the BBC World Service Trust in May 2010 as a trainer, she first worked on the UNICEF-funded project "Igniting Change", focusing on maternal and child health, and now she trains journalists in good governance issues. Aveseh is a member of several professional bodies like AMARC, Investigative Reporters and Editors, United State International Visitors Alumni, Holland Alumni, and International Federation of Journalists, among others. She is also a winner of several professional awards.

Research: The Impact of Social Media on Journalism Ethics (pdf)


Carolyne Tomno (Kenya) is a Kenyan journalist currently working with Kass Media Group, one of the leading media houses in Kenya, as a reporter and features producer for both television and radio. Prior to that, she worked as an online journalist and TV reporter with other media houses in Kenya. She has an interest in climate change and health issues and she has done several features on the same topic. She has completed media-related training with media institutions both in Kenya and internationally.

Research: Social Media Used by Journalists in Kenya and the Relationship Between Media Ethics and Social Media (pdf)


Fredrick Mugira (Uganda) is an award-winning multimedia journalist/media trainer and blogger. He won the prestigious CNN/Multichoice African Journalist Tourism and Travel Award in 2009. Fredrick has 10 years of experience as a journalist and communicator. He currently works with Vision Group, the dominant multimedia enterprise in Uganda, as a radio editor. He is also a part-time lecturer on journalism, a journalism mentor, and a web editor and coordinator for Water Journalists Africa, a network of African journalists who report on water and sanitation. He holds an MA in Communication for Development from Malmo University in Sweden, a PGD in Environmental Journalism and Communication, and a BA in Mass Communication.

Research: Fastidious: A Guidebook on Ethical Strategies for Social Media Writers (pdf)


Grey Mang'anda (Malawi) is an experienced journalism trainer and practitioner, having worked for over two decades in print journalism and lecturing at the University of Malawi’s Polytechnic. He is a founding member of the Department of Journalism at the Malawi Polytechnic, established in 1999 after the attainment of political pluralism in Malawi. The Polytechnic B.A. journalism program is a pioneering effort which has influenced the establishment of other similar programs in Malawi. He has also trained journalists in the Southern Africa region under the sponsorship of the now-defunct NORDIC-SADC (Southern African Development Community) Journalism Centre (NSJ-Centre), based in Maputo, Mozambique. Furthermore, he developed the media ethics curriculum and syllabus which are currently being used for the Polytechnic’s Bachelor's and Diploma programs.

Research: Newspaper Editors' Perception of the Solicitation and Acceptance of Cash and Gifts in Exchange for News Coverage by Journalists in Malawi (pdf)


Islam-u-ddin (Pakistan) is from a rural area of Sindh Province, Pakistan. He worked with Sindh Television News, Mehran Television News, Radio Pakistan Hyderabad and HALCHAL Newspaper as a research associate/program coordinator and sub-editor. He is passionate about journalism and practices photojournalism as a freelancer. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication at the University of Sindh Jamshoro in 2009. He has also participated in short courses on news reporting, feature writing and research methodology.

Research: Survey Research on Pakistani Media and the Issue of Professional Ethics (under publication)



Samaruddin Stewart (Hungary) has worked in U.S. media communications and emerging technology for more than a decade, along the way working for leading newspapers, international wire services, and managing staffs of editors at one of the top news websites in the world. Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to cover everything from presidential inaugurations to natural disasters to rock concerts and has traveled to over 60 countries on six continents. Samaruddin is an active member of several journalism associations and has presented and lectured for several institutions, including the Society of Professional Journalists, the European Journalism Institute, and the National Press Photographers Association. Samaruddin holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism (Arizona State University), a Master's degree in Mass Communication (Arizona State University), and an MBA. (Central European University).

Research: Investigating Image Forensics for News Media - An Exploratory Research Report (pdf)


Spéro Hector Ackey (Benin) is a journalist from Benin in West Africa. He has been working as a journalist since 2002. Currently he is freelance journalist, translator, and interpreter. He obtained an MA in Applied Linguistics with a specialization on Sociolinguistics from the University of Abomey-Calavi and has completed several training courses in journalism.

Research: Measuring Accuracy in the Work of Norbert Zongo (under publication)


Titi Bamigboye (Nigeria) is a journalist with Voice of Nigeria. She has training in journalism, feature writing, program production and presentation. She is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs. She was among four Nigerian Journalists invited to France in 2007 on the invitation of the French Foreign Ministry. She participated in the Commonwealth Youth Programme on Mainstreaming HIV and AIDS into Youth Planning and Programming held in Accra, Ghana, in 2005. She has a passion for media excellence and is committed to programs focused on youth advocacy, reduction of HIV and AIDS in Africa, and women's empowerment. She is the 2011 winner of the Nigeria Media Merit Award for Programme of the Year.

Research: Applying the Test of Public Interest to News Gathering and Reporting (pdf)


2012 CIME Fellows who completed all the pillars of the program without the research


Luis Guillermo Martínez (Panama) is a Venezuelan journalist based in Panama who looks enthusiastically for the building of a better world through justice, common knowledge, and equity. He works as a reporter for the web edition of the newspaper Panamá América. He is currently completing his Master's on Investigation and Digital Journalism in Panama City. He is enthusiastic about music, photography, and documentary and fictional cinema.



Margie Fishman (USA) is an award-winning journalist with more than a dozen years of experience contributing to national newspapers, magazines, websites, and trade publications. As a former beat reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Raleigh News & Observer, she covered politics, business, housing, and education, and was dispatched to the field to report on Hurricane Isabel in 2003. Margie’s list of freelance clients includes National Geographic, Newsday, Wise Bread, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Emory University, Georgia Magazine, and many more. She writes frequently about trends in higher education and personal finance on her website,


Silas Gbandia (Sierra Leone) is a journalist living and working in his home country of Sierra Leone. He is the deputy editor of The Punch newspaper, and a producer and presenter on Radio Citizen, east of the capital Freetown. He holds a BA (Hons.) in Linguistics and an MA in Peace and Development Studies from Njala University, both in Sierra Leone. His media experience includes delivering presentations at the Africa Regional Forum for Media Development in South Africa in September 2008 and at the Regional Forum of the Commonwealth Secretariat in Banjul in August 2011.



Télesphore Mba Bizo (Cameroon) has been working in the capacity of a journalist-translator with the Cameroon Radio Television, CRTV, since 2000. He has been a juror at festivals in Europe and Africa, thanks to his work in arts criticism. He is at the helm of the Advocacy and Legal Centre, ALAC, of Transparency International in Cameroon. Furthermore, he also serves as the Francophone Coordinator of Artwatch Africa within Arterial Network. He joined the steering committee of the network in 2009. He is now busy setting up a network of human rights journalists in Central Africa.



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