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The Indochina Media
Memorial Foundation

Penthouse, Maneeya Center
518/5 Ploenchit Road
Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 02 652 0580-1

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The IMMF endeavours to provide journalism training in all fields at a professional level. We are therefore grateful to receive acknowledgement and recognition for this effort from respected media organisations and journalists. Here are some recent comments we’ve received.

My first association with the IMMF was when I ran a 3-week course on financial journalism in Bangkok. By then I had participated in about 40 courses organised by a number of different institutions. The IMMF stood out by far in the way that it placed the cares and concerns of the participants at the centre of the course organisation. Not only did this enhance the learning that went on, but it also meant that the course was better planned and conducted than anything I have been involved in before. When I wondered what it was that set the IMMF apart, I realised it was the fact that its ethos flourishes in the people that run it. I could not recommend a better forum for the training of journalists. --Graham Watts, former deputy world news editor


From what I have seen the (IMMF) deserves as much support as it can get to enable it to continue its valuable work, and I wish it well. I was very impressed with what the foundation was achieving with limited resources, and have no doubt that it could achieve a great deal more to foster higher-quality journalism and better understanding in the region if its coffers were fuller. –David Brown, Agriculture Editor

I don't want to exaggerate the endeavours of the IMMF, but it has been just about the only organisation to keep up its work in the training of young journalists in emerging Indochina countries on a consistent basis. Our reporters who have participated in the IMMF programmes have not only been satisfied with what they had learned, but also enjoy opportunities to be with fellow journalists from neighbouring countries.

The IMMF courses are well tailored not only to the needs of young journalists, many of whom are without formal training, but also in tune with the times. Subjects such as the environment or economic reporting or even photography are hardly available in the region. --Pana Janviroj, President, The Nation, Bangkok

IMMF, in my view, does an invaluable service in putting across these issues to journalists in the region and in training them to communicate more effectively. I have, taught on two courses, and have frequently been struck on these courses by the way minds are changed and eyes opened. I think participants have gone away with a far better grasp of some often recondite subjects and with a much improved ability to put them across. This is particularly important because it's undeniable that journalism in the region is lacking in skills and professionalism – and this is largely the result of lack of training, notably issue-related, practical training, as opposed to theoretical instruction. –David Nicholson-Lord, London, UK
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