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25 Fellows Selected for Our Mekong, Our Say Training on Video Storytelling

Protests continue against the hydropower gravity dam to be constructed on the Salween River in Karen state, Myanmar. The dam is expected to produce 1,100 to 1,500 megawatts of power, the majority of which will be sent to Thailand. / Credit: International Rivers via Flickr.

Earlier this month, EJN selected 25 video journalists, citizen journalists and content producers to take part in the Our Mekong, Our Say Step-Up Video Storytelling Fellowship, which will run from June to December 2023.  

This fellowship is offered as part of Our Mekong, Our Say (OMOS) — a project that aims to improve public access to information on natural resource governance in the Mekong region. It is supported by the USAID-funded Mekong for the Future.  

The fellows include: 

  • Kong Raksmey, freelance video producer (Cambodia) 
  • Vicheika Kann, journalist from VOA (Cambodia) 
  • Nehru Pry, freelance video producer (Cambodia) 
  • Aung Lin Tun, journalist from Narinjara News (Myanmar) 
  • Aung Myo Htut, freelance journalist (Myanmar) 
  • Min Thu Win Htut, citizen journalist (Myanmar) 
  • Jessada Khimsook, freelance video producer (Thailand)  
  • Ukrit Wongvilai, blogger (Thailand)  
  • Wannaporn Hutakowit, journalist from Lanner (Thailand)  
  • Supattra Preewut, freelance video producer (Thailand)  
  • Muhammadfaton Mateh, citizen journalist (Thailand)  

Over six months, they will learn about the transboundary impacts of hundreds of upstream dams and hydropower projects on the river, and the unsustainable extraction of natural resources in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, which is fast degrading the environment and creating socioeconomic disparity in the region.  

Based on the strength of their story ideas, 10 fellows will receive grants of $2,500 each to produce evidence-based and engaging video stories on these environmental challenges, with the guidance of visual storytelling experts.  

“The Mekong region is going through rapid development, which brings increased opportunity and prosperity to the people, but poor governance also creates some undesirable outcomes,” said Paritta Wangkiat, OMOS project officer and editor of Mekong Eye. “To help the public hold the government and businesses to account, OMOS recognizes the importance of training journalists, citizen journalists, and content producers to produce in-depth stories that emphasize the challenges of combating the over-exploitation of natural resources, and the solutions that would lead to their sustainable management.  

Note: Due to political sensitivity in the region, EJN is unable to disclose the names of all 25 fellows. 

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Banner image: Protests continue against the hydropower gravity dam to be constructed on the Salween River in Karen state, Myanmar. The dam is expected to produce 1,100 to 1,500 megawatts of power, the majority of which will be sent to Thailand. / Credit: International Rivers via Flickr