Thirty-six people attended the first journalism training course offered by the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Rangoon this month, supervised by senior party leader and journalist U Win Tin.
The training course syllabus includes an introduction to journalistic principles, freedom of the press, translation, news writing, ethics and citizen journalism.
Freelance journalists at risk
Bay Area media still struggling
State and federal labour statistics in the United States show that employment among San Francisco Bay Area media workers has fallen 43 per cent since 2001. The decline was attributed to massive restructuring at local news outlets whose financial losses measured in the billions. Newspapers were hit hardest, shedding more than 4,000 employees. The television and radio sector fared slightly better, reporting a marginal rise in jobs over the period. Most continue to suffer from limited wage growth. "Many journalists are faced with low-pay employment options, even as the opportunities to make their mark are enormous," a member of the industry wrote. "This puts tremendous pressure on individuals to survive in a very expensive area of the country."
Fairfax employees call off strike
Journalists at Fairfax Media will not take industrial action over management's controversial move to outsource sub-editing at the company's key titles, but have vowed to keep fighting a decision they claim will diminish the quality of
Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance federal secretary Chris Warren said journalists would continue to protest at job cuts in a public campaign.