The 2021 Columbia-Nikkei journalism scholarship awarded to Prinz Magtulis | Columbia Journalism School
Prinz Magtulis outdoors with large palm tree in background. Magtulis smiles and wears glasses as well as a pale pink shirt and green bomber jacket.
Prinz Magtulis is the recipient of the 2021 Columbia-Nikkei Scholarship, an annual award of $100,000 given to outstanding journalism students from Asia with an interest in data or business journalism.

The 2021 Columbia-Nikkei journalism scholarship awarded to Prinz Magtulis

Columbia Journalism School and Nikkei Inc. have named Prinz Magtulis as the 2021-22 Nikkei Scholar. The $100,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an exceptional journalism school candidate who is a resident of Asia and plans to specialize in data or business reporting. Nikkei Inc. is the parent company of the Financial Times, the publisher of the Nikkei and Nikkei Asia.

"I am extremely privileged to have the opportunity to attend Columbia Journalism School through the kind support given by Nikkei,” Magtulis said. ”I’ve always been devoted to telling stories using data. A data journalism education from Columbia would equip me with vital skills to dig deeper on datasets, simplify their complexities in my stories better.”

Magtulis, 32 is a financial journalist from the Philippines with an enduring passion for data journalism. As a policy researcher on the side, Magtulis believes in the power of data in explaining complex government policies to audiences of all backgrounds and broadly, igniting change in government rulemaking through the interpretation of data. This is something he brought to his most recent position as business news head for, one of the Philippines’ top online news portals. Prior to, Magtulis was a researcher for the Financial Times until early 2020, wrinting in depth stories on the Philippines economy and business. Magtulis has been a journalist for a decade and specializes in covering macroeconomy and public finance.

The Columbia-Nikkei Scholarship was established in 2017 to fund exemplary candidates who wish to specialize in data and business journalism. Students who are residents of Asia with an interest in the M.S. Data Journalism or M.A. Business and Economics concentration will be considered for the Columbia-Nikkei Scholarship.

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About Nikkei
Nikkei Inc. is a world-renowned media brand for Asian news, respected for quality journalism and for being a trusted provider of business news and information. Founded as a market news media in Japan in 1876, Nikkei has grown into one of the world’s largest media corporations, with 37 foreign editorial bureaus and approximately 1500 journalists worldwide. Nikkei acquired the U. K.-based Financial Times in 2015. Our combined digital and print circulation totals over 3 million, and we are continually deploying new technologies to increase our readership.

About Columbia Journalism School
For more than a century, the school has been preparing journalists in programs that stress academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the school opened its doors in 1912. It offers a Master of Science, Master of Arts, a joint Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Journalism, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Communications. It houses the Columbia Journalism Review, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. In addition to the Pulitzer Prizes, the school administers many of the leading journalism awards, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes, the John Chancellor Award, the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, the Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, the Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, and the Mike Berger Award.

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Elena Cabral
Assistant Dean, Academic Programs & Communications
Columbia Journalism School