APJC to mount election reporting workshop in Myanmar

Journalists from across Myanmar will travel to Yangon later this month to take part in a workshop on election reporting organised by the Asia Pacific Journalism Centre.

The program is part of the International Press Institute’s 2015 world congress and general assembly and comes at a time of transition towards greater independence for news media in Myanmar.

Sharing their experience and knowledge of election reporting as APJC instructors will be two senior Melbourne journalists and academics, Phillip Chubb, head of journalism at Monash University, and Andrew Dodd, head of journalism at Swinburne University.

APJC director John Wallace said the workshop was a great opportunity to help colleagues in Myanmar prepare for covering elections scheduled for later this year.

“We are delighted to be able to get two journalists with both print and broadcast experience in covering elections and who have published  extensively on politics and election reporting.”

Contributing to the election workshop will be formerly exiled journalist Soe Myint, editor-in-chief of multimedia group Mizzima Media, hosting partner of the IPI congress.

IPI co-chairman Bulbul Ahsan Monjurul, editor-in-chief of Boishakhi TV, will give a presentation on  reporting elections in Bangladesh.

Assistance with travel to Yangon for Myanmar journalists is being provided by Action Aid.