Mekong Institute, supported by the New Zealand Aid Programme, is organizing the Regional Media Training Program on Communicating Food Safety from July 29–August 2, 2019 at Mekong Institute in Khon Kaen, Thailand. Full scholarships will be provided to about 20 media/communication professionals from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
This five-day training program will allow participants to have a better understanding of regional and local food safety issues and current safe food promotion initiatives in their respective countries. The workshop seeks to serve as a venue for these journalists to discuss the best strategies to tackle these issues and make food safety-related stories more relatable and appealing to the general public. By the end of the workshop, the participants are expected to share their ideas for possible stories that can be published or produced through their respective platforms.
Applications are now open to interested applicants. Please download the application form and send your full information to [email protected].
Deadline of application is June 15, 2019.
For more information about the program, please contact Mr. Dwight Jason Ronan, Program Coordinator ([email protected] or +66 4320 2441 ext. 3104).
WHO CAN APPLY?
Media practitioners working on any medium–including print, radio, television, and online–from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to editors and reporters assigned to cover issues related to science and technology, agriculture, public health, or industry and trade.
Communication officers from related national agencies, international organizations, and non-government organizations working on food safety-related issues in the region are also welcome to apply.
Communication professionals working in non-English media can apply but must indicate their proficiency and willingness to write stories in English, which can later be translated in their local language.
At least five participants from each country will be invited. Applicants will be required to submit a story pitch covering a local food safety issue in their own country. After the workshop, the participants are expected to publish or produce food safety-related stories through their respective media platforms.