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Filipina wins first journalism scholarship from Nikkei and Columbia

Francesca Regalado receives $100,000 prize for aspiring Asian reporters

Francesca Regalado is the first winner of Nikkei and the Columbia Journalism School's annual scholarship for Asian students pursuing a career in data and business reporting.

TOKYO -- Nikkei and the Columbia Journalism School in New York have named 23-year-old reporter Francesca Rose Regalado from the Philippines as the inaugural Columbia-Nikkei scholar for her outstanding academic achievement.

Specializing in investigative journalism, Regalado will graduate in May 2019 with a master's of science degree. Her plan is to return to her home country and improve the quality of reporting there.

Regalado graduated from a U.S. university with a degree in international relations. She then worked as an economics reporter for a Japanese newspaper in the U.S.

At Columbia, she is polishing her investigative journalism skills while conducting field work.

"The Nikkei scholarship was a godsend, and without the generosity of donors like Nikkei, I would not have able to see my dream through," said Regalado.

"My hope is that this scholarship will encourage Asian journalists like me to take a leap of faith and pursue journalism training at Columbia University, and ultimately raise the standards for journalism in our home region," she added.

Established in 2017, the scholarship provides $100,000 to one student from Asia each year. Winners return to their home country after graduation to help establish a sound journalism industry based on freedom of speech.

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