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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 conducts major training courses in Thailand, smaller workshops elsewhere in the region and supports other media initiatives. More than 500 journalists have to date received training at IMMF courses.

Since its inception, the foundation has conducted 23 regional training courses in Thailand, attended by working journalists from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. An average of 16 students took part in each course.

The courses, four weeks in length, have included print, radio, television and photojournalism, with English the language of instruction.  While bettering journalistic standards is the drive behind all training, each course has a specific focus. Themes have included agriculture, the environment, business and economics, as well as issues related to health, social welfare, ethnic minorities and women and children.

The IMMF has also held 25 workshops in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, using interpreters to reach those journalists who are precluded through lack of English from attending our regional courses.  We have pioneered foreign media support for areas of provincial Laos where opportunities for such training are all but non-existent.  Several workshops in English have also been organised for Thai reporters working for newspapers in Bangkok.

Many of our lead trainers have been provided by The Thomson Foundation, a media support organisation based in the United Kingdom. These outstanding teachers, all practicing or former journalists, were drawn from such outlets as the BBC, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and Farmers Weekly.

One trainer has come from the Washington D.C.-based International Center for Foreign Journalists while the Knight Foundation has assigned us two International Press fellows who not only taught, but assisted with other projects.

Local experts, familiar with the region and Asian sensitivities, have worked as associate trainers for each regional course. Guest speakers are enlisted from Thailand's top universities, the business and journalistic communities, government and grass roots organisations.

The IMMF also organises exhibitions of photographs taken during courses and places stories written by participating journalists in Bangkok newspapers. The foundation helps outstanding alumni win prestigious scholarships and entry into media studies programmes in Europe and the United States.

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In 1995, the IMMF provided a grant to the Photo Archive group in Cambodia to preserve the archival photographs of the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide.  We have commissioned reports on the state of historic films held in Vietnamese and Lao film archives.

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