Cambodian Journalists Alliance Association
Through the grant of UNESCO IPDC (International Programme for the Development of Communication), Cambodian Journalists Alliance Association (CamboJA) has been implementing a project to strengthen Cambodian journalists’ alliance capacity on investigative journalism to promote media pluralism, freedom of expression, and access to information in Cambodia. Under this project, a five-day training on investigative journalism has been organised to build the capacity of journalists in Cambodia to produce critical and investigative stories, using the UNESCO’s “Story-based Inquiry: a manual for investigative journalists” as a training guide. Upon the training, the participants have also received mentorship support from experienced journalists to put the lessons into practice.
Originally published in English by UNESCO in 2009 and subsequently translated into dozen languages and used in many journalism schools around the world, CamboJA has translated the “Story-based Inquiry” into Khmer language, aiming to make such a valuable learning material more accessible for Cambodian journalism trainers, editors, reporters, students, and others who are interested in investigative journalism. This Manual (around 200 pages in Khmer) will guide readers through the basics of conceiving, structuring, researching, composing and publishing an investigation.
The Khmer version of the Manual will be officially launched on August 31, 2021, alongside with news stories produced by young potential journalists trained under this project. The launch event will also serve as a platform for journalists, trainers, educators, students, and other interested stakeholders to discuss the state of investigative journalism in Cambodia especially in the context of COVID-19 pandemic, and explore potential measures that could improve the quality of journalism in the country.