Mekong Data-Journalism Fellowship



The 2021 Mekong Data-Journalism Fellowship is a collaboration between the Internews Earth Journalism Network (EJN), Stimson Center, and the East-West Center to provide journalists from the Mekong region with exposure to subject-matter experts in region and the United States, an intensive data-journalism training series, story production grants and mentorship support.  The Fellowship includes:


  • Virtual interactive seminars with global and regional experts on water security, river management, and its impact on the environment and local communities
  • Step-by-step 80-hour virtual data journalism training, organized by Internews and the Stimson Center, with training support from Open Development Cambodia and Thibi 
  • USD $3000 fellowship stipend per fellow to contribute towards their time and any costs associated with story production during the fellowship period 
  • Detailed instruction on how to utilize the Stimson Center’s datasets on the Mekong Infrastructure Tracker and Mekong Dams Monitor to develop stories 
  • 1-to-1 mentorship with senior journalists throughout story production 
  • Support and promotion of data story by Internews Earth Journalism Network and the East-West Center
  • E-certificate upon completion of fellowship 


The partnership between EJN, Stimson Center, and EWC provides selected Fellows the opportunity to gain an increased understanding of the issues relating to water security along the Mekong River Basin, the availability of open data and step-by-step guidance to produce impactful and data-driven media stories that will raise awareness of water security challenges and solutions in the Mekong region.  


Published Stories


Cohort One

Rujivanarom, Pratch. "Dams fail but still vital." Bangkok Post, 26 Sep. 2021

Phouthonesy, Ekaphone. "What does the data tell us about electricity pricing in Laos?" Vientiane Times, 11 Oct. 2021

Nguyen, Sen. "Vietnam's addiction to coal shows tough climate choices developing Asia faces on emissions pledgesSouth China Morning Post, 25 Oct. 2021

Thongnoi, Jitsiree. "Thai military feels the heat over plan for solar farmSouth China Morning Post, 27 Oct. 2021

Quynh, Le. "Alarm bells ring for mangroves in Unesco-recognised reserve in VietnamThe Strait Times, 7 Nov. 2021

Pakvisal, Boonyanin. "Locked in - Why Thailand buys electricity from LaosSoutheast Asia Globe, 12 Nov. 2021

Khan, Sokummono. "Cambodia's FIsh Catch Numbers Don't Add Up for FishersVoice of America (VOA) Khmer, 15 Dec. 2021

Socheata, Hean. "Cambodia's Mismatch of Solar Potential and Energy HarvestingVoice of America (VOA) Khmer, 16 Dec. 2021


Cohort Two

Nguyen, Van. "Mekong fisherman struggle to survive" Vietnam News, 19 Dec. 2021


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