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BBG On The Ground: Journalism Training In Burma

[ 0 ] October 12, 2012 |

Both Voice of America and Radio Free Asia have experts on the ground this week training journalists in Burma – another sign of the increasing openness in the country…

A packed classroom for VOA journalism trainer Bart Childs (upper left) in Burma.

In another sign of increased openness in Burma, trainers from Voice of America and Radio Free Asia were in country this week teaching the best practices of journalism.

VOA’s Bart Childs was expecting to train two individuals, but more than 40 employees of state broadcaster MRTV (Myanmar Radio and Television) showed up.

Separately, Radio Free Asia’s Chris Billing was training more reporters.

Such sessions were virtually unthinkable even just a few years ago, but much has changed in Burma – and rapidly.

Last year, Voice of America signed an agreement with MRTV to broadcast Learning English programming. Last month, democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi received a hero’s welcome when she visited both VOA and RFA in Washington.

Further, both VOA and RFA have received visas for reporters and permission to open a local bureau for newly hired Burmese stringers.

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