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April 23rd, 2008

Team-building exercise gets everyone bonding at the opening of the Mekong workshop It was review and feedback time for the 38 Mekong journalist- fellows, who met in late March at a workshop in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to present their stories, documentaries and photo essays on various cross-border issues about the Mekong region, which has been undergoing rapid economic integration over the last 15 years.

The Mar. 31-Apr 3, 2008 workshop was organised by IPS Asia-Pacific and Probe Media Foundation Inc, partners in the annual Imaging Our Mekong media fellowships that have been held since 2002.

The journalists from Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, China and Burma presented their work to their peers, and sought and gave feedback to Discussion time at the workshopone another about the content, angle, impact of their media work. Also on hand were senior journalists and experts on Mekong issues who were on hand to give their feedback to the work of the journalists — these included Sombath Somphone of Laos, a former Ramon Magsaysay awardee for community service, Shahidul Alam of Drik Picture Library in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tive Sarayeth of the Women’s Media Circle Cambodia, Nguyen Ngoc Tran of Vietnam, Rosalia Sciortino of Mahidol University, Thailand and Horacio Severino Jr. of the Philippines.

Some 185 journalists have been through the Imaging Our Mekong programme over the last six years.

IPS Asia-Pacific Director Johanna Son and Probe Foundation's Yasmin Tang, hosts for Mekong night, which featured a showing of a documentary and a photo exhibit by Mekong journalists

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