Feb 132014

Admission to special pre-conference luncheon
will be included with full conference registration

ASSK-300Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi will address “Challenges of a Free Press in Emerging and Established Democracies” on Sunday, March 9 at a special pre-conference luncheon in connection with the upcoming East-West Center International Media Conference in Yangon.

Suu Kyi, who was elected to parliament after being released from years of political house arrest in 2010 amid Myanmar’s dramatic social and political opening, will also announce the launch of her new Suu Foundation, dedicated to education and healthcare in Myanmar.

Admission to the private luncheon will be included with full registration for the conference, and registered participants will receive information on how to RSVP for the luncheon, scheduled for 11 am on March 9.

There’s still time to register and make travel plans for the conference, which runs from March 10 to 12. The conference theme is “Challenges of a Free Press” in Asia, the Pacific and the U.S. Continue reading »

Jan 312014

Special rates for Myanmar residents and competitive scholarships for Myanmar journalists now available for March 10-12 event that is expected to draw hundreds of journalists from 25 nations

With the East-West Center’s International Media Conference in Yangon, Myanmar, now just 6 weeks away, the roster of exciting speakers continues to grow. More than 300 journalists from 25 to 30 countries are expected to attend the conference titled “Challenges of a Free Press.”

Featured speakers now include: (see full list)

  • Umar Cheema, correspondent at The News International in Islamabad and winner of the 2011 Committee to Protect Journalists International Press Freedom Award
  • Jake Lynch, director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney and co-author of  “Peace Journalism (Conflict & Peacebuilding)”
  • Scott Pham, digital editor for NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit who started one of the first drone journalism programs in the US
  • Surin Pitsuwan, past ASEAN secretary-general
  • Thant Myint-U, renowned Myanmar author
  • U Win Tin, a founder of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) and journalist who spent 18 years in prison
  • Jillian York, director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Ethan Zuckerman, director of the Center for Civic Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Check out the complete list of confirmed speakers and the current list of keynote topics, and please continue to send your proposals for conference sessions. The next announcement will include the growing list of workshops and participant panels.

We strongly recommend that you make plans to arrive by Sunday morning March 9, to join pre-conference events including a VIP luncheon speaker that we hope to announce soon, as well as the evening opening reception at  Karaweik Palace floating in Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake.

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Dec 202013

Excitement Builds for Myanmar Media Conference

With Myanmar’s dramatic media reforms in the past two years, our upcoming international media conference in Yangon has been drawing a lot of enthusiasm and anticipation.

Dates: March 10-12, 2014
Location: The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), No.29, Min Ye Kyawswa Road, Lanmadaw Township, Yangon

Myanmar news readerWe are excited about the keynote speakers who have already confirmed and the topics they will address. We are also developing a diverse and interesting list of afternoon speakers, panels and media workshops that we will share with you soon. Please continue to send your proposals. See other important updates below.

With hundreds of media professionals attending from many countries, the networking opportunities will be tremendous. Additionally, 30 journalists representing all of Myanmar’s ethnic media will attend along with members of the country’s mainstream media.

We encourage you to register soon and look forward to seeing you in Yangon!

Latest Conference Updates:

  • We’re pleased to welcome Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung as our conference co-host. Our other distinguished sponsors include Pacific Century Institute, TODAY Ogilvy & Mather, Mangosteen Public Relations, RedLink Communications, Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong, Dart Centre Asia Pacific, and The Wall Street Journal. See sponsor page.
  • Check out our growing list of keynote speakers and topics.
  • Four unique afternoon field trips will be available for conference participants in Yangon and the surrounding countryside after the closing lunch on March 12 .
  • Arrive by Sunday morning to join pre-conference events including an opening reception on Sunday night, March 9, at the beautiful Karaweik Palace floating in Kandawgyi (Royal) Lake with Shwedagon Pagoda lit in the distance.
  • Special rates for Myanmar residents and scholarship opportunities for local journalists will be announced soon.
  • Please see important updates on hotels and visas.
  • Click the “continue reading” link below for more details, or use the main menu above for updated information.

Don’t wait to secure a hotel room, apply for a visa, or sign up for limited field trip seats. Register now!

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Jun 062013

East-West Center to Hold 2014 International
Media Conference in Yangon, Myanmar

Theme of the March 10-12 event is “Challenges of a Free Press” in Asia, the Pacific and U.S

Newsstand in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: Greg Knudsen

Newsstand in Yangon, Myanmar

Press freedom faces challenges everywhere in the world — in both open and closed societies, wealthy and developing nations, traditional media and virtual newsrooms. Longstanding challenges such as government interference and economic pressures are complicated by new media’s impact on gathering information, verifying facts and maintaining financial stability. But technology also presents creative ways of tackling old problems.

The 2014 conference will gather distinguished keynote speakers and panels of journalists from the Asia Pacific region and the United States to share insights into the challenges they face and strategies they use for newsgathering.

The conference will also include on-the-ground updates on news and media issues in the region, a wide range of practical skill-building workshops, and unique opportunities to network with hundreds of international media professionals. Special workshop sessions will feature training opportunities for journalists from emerging media environments.

For more information: Contact MediaConference@EastWestCenter.org  or +1 808-944-7332.

Conference participants are encouraged to propose panel topics, join panels and lead workshops.

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Apr 302013

HONOLULU (Feb. 21, 2013) – In the coming year, the East-West Center is planning to conduct two of its signature media exchange programs in Burma (also called Myanmar). It is the first time the Center will be bringing its internationally recognized media seminars to the country, which has recently relaxed its former strict government censorship of the press.

In June, the Center will bring its distinguished Jefferson Fellowships program for Asia Pacific and U.S. journalists to Burma’s main city of Yangon as part of their study tour focusing on leadership changes in Asia Pacific. The journalists will have an opportunity to engage with Yangon’s emerging media sector and ­– in another first for the fellowship –­ help provide professional training and regional perspectives to local journalists.

And in 2014, EWC is planning to conduct the next of its highly successful biennial international media conferences in Yangon. Previous conferences in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Seoul have drawn hundreds of journalists and high-level speakers from dozens of nations to discuss key regional news and media topics.

“It’s a powerful indicator of the change that has been occurring in Burma that the East-West Center is for the first time able to take international journalists there as part of our media seminars program,” said EWC President Charles E. Morrison. “We are looking forward to facilitating mutually beneficial exchanges between Burmese and international journalists.”

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