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Columbia-Nikkei journalism scholarship awarded to Prinz Magtulis

Filipino financial reporter receives $100,000 academic prize

Prinz Magtulis says he is 'extremely privileged to have the opportunity to attend Columbia Journalism School.'

TOKYO -- Nikkei and the Columbia Journalism School in New York have awarded the fourth annual Columbia-Nikkei Scholarship to Prinz Magtulis, a 32-year-old financial journalist from the Philippines.

"I am extremely privileged to have the opportunity to attend Columbia Journalism School thanks to the kind support of Nikkei," said Magtulis, who is expected to graduate from Columbia's master's in data journalism program next year.

Magtulis was previously a Manila-based researcher for the Financial Times, a Nikkei company. He also worked for top local broadsheet The Philippine Star as a business reporter, and its online arm,, as head of business news. In 2016, he received the Finance Reporter of the Year award from the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines.

"I have always been devoted to telling stories using data. A data journalism education from Columbia would equip me with vital skills to dig deeper on data sets, and to simplify their complexities in my stories in a more optimal way," Magtulis said.

Magtulis is a graduate of the Catholic University of Korea, where he attained a master's degree in public administration.

Established in 2017, the annual scholarship awards $100,000 to a student living in Asia who has an interest in data journalism or business and economics.

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