Strengthening the professionalism of journalists in Cambodia is one of our priorities to promote independent media and freedom of expression. This capacity development program is crucial to equip journalists with news writing and reporting skills, investigative reporting, safety guides, as well as to keep them up-to-date with knowledge and tools on digital media. We are working with various stakeholders to provide journalists with conceptual knowledge on pressing issues related to climate change, human rights, freedom of expression, food, agriculture, science, health, law, etc. These trainings do not only target journalists but also other media practitioners including media students, and citizen journalists or community reporters.
In partnership with Canal France International (CFI), Open Development Cambodia, and Mekhala Radiant Communications, through funding support of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, CamboJA is cultivating the concept of science-based reporting among Cambodian journalists, especially our members. From April until May 2020, CamboJA and CFI set up an emergency scientific response team to answer journalists’ questions of COVID 19 and ensure the information published by reporters is reliable.
From June 2020, we have mobilised around 20 journalists every month to interact with scientists in different fields to have better understanding about the scientific topics.
Jun 4: “The State of COVID 19 Research in Cambodia”
Dr. Duong Veasna, Head of Virology Unit at Institut Pasteur du Cambodge
Dr. Viseth Srey Horm, Researcher at Institut Pasteur du Cambodge
Jul 25: “The Impacts of Drought on the Mekong Basin”
Expert: Mr. Ix Hour, regional drought management expert of MRC
Aug 25: “Feedback Session and Networking”
Sep 25: “The State of Food Safety in Cambodia”
Through the funding support from the German Embassy, a 3-day training on safety protection for journalists will be held from 28 to 30 September 2020 in Phnom Penh. Application is now open. Click here to apply.
Female journalists and province-based reporters are strongly encouraged to apply. Travel costs (including transportation, accommodations and per diem) will be fully covered for participants based in provinces.
Dialogue on Women in Journalism
CamboJA is organizing an event in early October by conducting focused group discussion with female journalists/media practitioners to understand the extent of sexual harassment concerns in the sector and to explore potential solutions. A separate panel discussion will also be conducted with participation from various stakeholders to bring the sexual harassment concerns of female journalists to the attention of media employers, state actors, and the wider public. This event is funded by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh.
Training Series on Social Accountability and Public Service Reporting
CamboJA has received a sub-grant award from Transparency International Cambodia to implement a project aimed at developing the capacity of young journalists on social accountability and public service delivery reporting. Application for the first training in October 2020 will be open soon. Stay tuned!
Training on Investigative Journalism
CamboJA is one of the grant recipients of UNESCO IPDC (International Programme for the Development of Communication) to implement a project entitled “Strengthening Cambodian Journalists’ Alliance on Investigative Journalism to Promote Media Pluralism and Freedom of Expression.” Under this project, a 5-day training will be conducted to build the capacity of journalists in Cambodia to produce critical and investigative stories using UNESCO’s “Story-based Inquiry: a manual for investigative journalists” as a training guide. The manual will be translated into Khmer language and will be launched with investigative stories produced by a group of journalists trained and mentored by experienced journalists.
More training opportunities will be announced soon.
Ms. Ly You Y, Capacity Development Manager
(+855) 10 652 318