Fondation Hirondelle has conducted a training programme in August for reporters based in Chin State, one of Myanmar’s least developed regions, with a focus on podcasts, journalism and human rights.
The aim of the programme was to build networks with news organisations operating in Myanmar’s border regions, as well as improve coverage of human rights issues.
The training, which took place in Kale, Sagaing Region, from August 13 to 16, saw participants travel from across Chin State to attend. It was conducted by Fondation Hirondelle’s Oliver Slow and Zar Ni.
Salai Holy (Chinland Post): “I found it very useful for the participants to exchange ideas, which presented the opportunity to learn about each other; about what are the major issues in other parts of Chin State, as well as what types of stories each person is interested in. I think the training has helped me to develop further story ideas that have a human rights focus.”
Van Lian Mang (Chinland Herald): “I enjoyed learning about how to spot fake news. Fake news is a big problem in Myanmar, and tips such as looking closely at the sources, thinking about which websites to trust, were all very helpful. I think it will help me with my reporting.”