Name: Yin Htwe
Age: 25
Ethnicity: Karen
Area of Study: International Journalism
Level of Study: BSc
Country of Study: Hong Kong
Amount Requested (1 year): US$1,500

Brief overview of candidate

Yin Htwe was her parents’ first child. Her father wanted a son, and she felt that she had defied his wishes simply by being born. On graduating from high school, she attempted to make up for this perceived disappointment by consenting to her parents’ wishes that she study engineering at university, even though she wanted to study languages.

Having graduated in 2007, Yin Htwe resisted pressure to become an engineer and instead applied for a job with a newspaper as a trainee reporter. She was surprised to be offered a job. After a couple of years learning the ropes she was promoted to deputy editor of one of the newspaper’s sections. Her job included writing stories, mentoring new reporters, assigning stories and editing them. Then, in 2009 she was promoted again to section editor, taking on layout and page design as part of her responsibilities.

During her career, Yin Htwe has become aware of the fundamental need for good journalism in Myanmar as part of the development of civil society, but also the shortcomings of the present journalistic environment. She would like to study for a BSc in International Journalism in order to develop her core journalistic skills. She intends to use these skills to support the development of a future generation of journalists in Myanmar who can transform the discipline.

In her own words

‘In Myanmar, journalists often become frustrated because of censorship and leave the profession. Also, newspapers often fail to cover the information that the public need. As a result, journalism has lost much of its reputation. I would like to help to change this situation by encouraging and training young journalists to do their jobs well. I want to learn more about good journalism so that I can maintain my integrity, deal with difficult ethical issues, and provide accurate and balanced information to the public.’