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Building the capacity of young journalists in the Myanmar print media industry

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US$16 500.00

The private sector print media industry in Myanmar is best characterized by its diversity, with about 400 licensed publications circulating. Of these, perhaps 100 fit into the category of news publications. There is no one single dominant player, with perhaps five to 10 large companies and many smaller operators. The private sector’s reach is however limited mostly to urban areas, particularly Yangon and Mandalay. With the government making encouraging moves towards reform, there is an acute need in Myanmar for well trained journalists to report on, and create awareness about, the challenges and responsibilities involved in a transition towards democracy.
The purpose of this project is to improve the skills and knowledge of beginner and mid-level print media journalists through three 4-week training methodology courses during which a professional, international trainer will train a total of about 36 journalists. The training will enable participants to acquire both practical and theoretical knowledge on subjects such as media law, journalism ethics and the role of the media in democracy. It would also improve the English language skills of participants.

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Myanmar Consolidated Media
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Myanmar Consolidated Media (MCM) is a private joint venture media company established in 2000 and based in Yangon, Myanmar. It has four publications, including The Myanmar Times, a weekly newspaper published in both English and Myanmar languages. It operates the only private English-language newspaper in the country and has about 350 employees, including about 60 journalists and editors. Its main source of income is advertising, followed by publication sales. It has in the past conducted journalism training with funding from the Sasakawa Peace Foundation of Japan, from 2003-2007. Many of the former trainees are working
as journalists with other publications or are communications specialists with United Nations agencies, nongovernment organizations or private companies.

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379-383 Bo Aung Kyaw Rd, Kyauktada Township, Yangon, Myanmar

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(+951) 392 928

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Responsible UNESCO Regional advisers: 

Sardar Umar Alam (

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Thomas Kean, The Myanmar Times (

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