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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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Our training is based squarely on the needs of journalists in the region -- as expressed by themselves, their editors and others in the media field. 

Changes and refinements to our basic formula are made on the basis of evaluations by students, instructors and the IMMF project director after each regional training course. To better understand the region's media needs, refine our programmes and more clearly define the role of the IMMF, a second media assessment was carried out in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam during 2001.  Valuable insights resulted from this exercise and recommendations have been acted on wherever possible. 

Our regional courses are held in Thailand with students based at either Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University, Chiang Mai University in northern Thailand or The Prince of Songkhla University in the South. The atmosphere at these institutions is conducive to learning and the cost of accommodations and classrooms very reasonable.

Thailand, we believe, is an ideal learning laboratory for our regional training. It is endowed with a vigorous, competent and open media sector and offers resources ranging from United Nations agencies to grass-roots non-governmental organisations to academic experts on virtually every subject.  For better and worse, it is ahead of its neighbors:  its economy is sophisticated; its countryside is beset by environmental problems.  Thus visiting journalists can take back to their own countries a greater understanding of how to deal with issues that will be affecting them in the near future.

Although classroom work and speakers are integral to every course, great stress is placed on field work and the actual production of articles, photographs and radio reports.  Visits to rice fields, factories and stock market trading floors, interviews with hill-tribe people, fishing families and business executives are featured.

Hard work and sometimes spartan conditions are the norm.  Participating journalists share sleeping space with rural dwellers, conditions which help break down any initial cultural barriers and forge a feeling of family. Bond and friendships formed are usually so strong that rarely does a course end without tears being shed.

Graduates gain a clearer understanding of issues affecting the whole region, of the ethics of good journalism and the importance of balanced reporting. Journalistic techniques and skills are sharpened.

Many of our alumni have risen to positions of higher responsibility and been given opportunities to take up scholarships abroad, attributing their success at least in part to their IMMF training.  Alumni have been offered further education by The Freedom Forum of the United States, The Thomson Foundation in the United Kingdom and City of London University, United Kingdom.  Some have started clubs, talk shows and columns in their newspapers on  topics such as the environment and dealing with AIDS.
The products of each group of 16 journalists reach an audience estimated at three million people. Radio journalists find an even far larger audience.  Potentially, their work has enormous impact.


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