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Mekong Matters: Workshop and Network for Development Journalists

The rapid pace of development leading up to the the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is creating opportunities for journalists to find innovative and important environmental, business, investment, health and culture stories. Are you a Mekong-area journalist who reports on social and environmental impacts of development projects such as dams, mines, roads, ports or economic land concessions? Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE) may have workshop, fellowship, resource and networking opportunities for you.


The Mekong Partnership for the Environment seeks journalists to participate in workshops and establish a network of Mekong journalists reporting on development issues. Participants will learn about social impacts, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), investment, and investigative journalism. They will also help plan a Mekong journalist network reporting on these development issues and access other events and resources. Our first workshop is focused on finding story ideas using Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs):


Mekong Matters: Reporting on Development Projects Using EIAs


Sept 16-19 (3.5 days), with travel on Sept 15 and 19 or 20.


Chiang Mai, Thailand


Print, broadcast or social media journalists: Editors. Senior reporters. Environmental or business reporters. Citizen and social media journalists. From Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam


No cost. All travel and event costs will be sponsored by MPE.


Participants will learn how to:

  • Access and analyse EIAs for environment, business and other stories
  • Create human stories from EIA information and data

Participants will also:

  • Leave the workshop with real story ideas, outlines and/or sources
  • Take an investigative field trip to a real development project site
  • Discuss workshop and networking ideas for development journalists
  • Meet local environmental groups to get sources and story ideas
  • Access network news, map and data websites and story fellowships


  • Jeff Rutherford: experienced journalism trainer with Internews, Thailand-based sustainability expert
  • James Fahn: UC Berkeley journalism lecturer, early innovator in Asian environmental reporting, Earth Journalism Network Director
  • EIA experts, local civil society organisations, Internews, Pact

How to apply:

  1. Log-in to the Earth Journalism website. If you are a new member, please register with you name and email here:
  2. Click the apply link below.
  3. Fill out all required questions, upload your letters of reference and work samples (all file formats are accepted).
  4. You can save your application and return to it if you can't finish it at one time. Just remember to bookmark the application in your web browser
  5. Submit the application for review when you are finished. Apply by July 31st.

If you are interested in participating in this or future events, please submit the registration form:

Click here to apply

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Mekong Partnership for the Environment supports constructive engagement among civil society, governments and business to promote responsible development in the Mekong region. We aim to increase access to information about the costs and benefits of development projects. We are led by Pact, with partners including Internews, Stockholm Environment Institute, East West Management Institute, Wildlife Conservation Society. Our primary donor is the United States Agency for International Development.