At the workshop, Way Magazine Editor Kowit Potisarn, BBC Thai section’s Bangkok Editor Kultida Samabuddhi and The Momentum Editor Chatrawee Sentanissak shared their experiences on covering environmental issues.
The workshop was valuable even for those with a solid knowledge of forests. Prapawin Phuttawanna, from Kasetsart University’s Faculty of Forestry, says her understanding deepened after speaking directly with ethnic minorities and conducting field research. She learned how the Pakakayor ethnic group can help preserve forests while fostering their livelihoods.
“It was an eye-opening experience,” says Phuttawanna from Chiang Mai. “Classroom knowledge about forests is not enough for working in the real world. This project inspired me to learn more.”
During the workshop, Warangkana Rattanarat, director of RECOFTC Thailand, motivated the young journalists to dig deep into forest issues. “They can create public understanding based on new knowledge, through their reports,” she says.
Nattawut Loisa, of Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Mass Communication, was able to combine a workshop field assignment on improving livelihoods with his own research on bamboo reforestation.