How my Trip to Myanmar Inspired Greater Openness to Perspective and Culture

When you look up the word “open” in the dictionary, it is defined as “to allow access and a passage”. After being closed off from my native land for more than 20 years, going back to Burma (also known as Myanmar) with the Open Hands Initiative (OHI) and GlobalPost not only gave me the chance … Continue reading How my Trip to Myanmar Inspired Greater Openness to Perspective and Culture

Our Open World Sweepstakes

In today’s media landscape, the news is at our finger tips. Just beyond the flat screens of our mobile devices, we can gaze into the 3D worlds of communities on the other side of the planet, oceans away, witnesses to the events that shape their lives. These advances in technology have given us the infrastructure … Continue reading Our Open World Sweepstakes

Collaborative Reporting Fellowships Create Opportunity and Understanding at a Challenging Time for Media

Kevin D. Grant, Co-founder and managing editor of The GroundTruth Project shares his thoughts on the future of reporting and how collaborative cross-cultural media programs, such those developed by the Open Hands Initiative and the GroundTruth Project, lead to excellent journalism and cultivate lasting international friendship.






Journeys through Myanmar: Departure Day

On a sunny Sunday morning, the remaining teams of fellows departed on their journeys across Myanmar to uncover the country’s most fascinating stories of transition. One team remains in Yangon, but luckily, have a bright, clear day on which to start their reporting. Another team heads to cover the capitals–starting in the ancient city of … Continue reading Journeys through Myanmar: Departure Day

Off to the Burma Road

On the 4th day of the “Burma Telling Its Own Story” Cultural Exchange and Reporting Fellowship, the fellows had their last formal presentation from a guest speaker, thereby concluding the in-class workshop portion of the program. Dr. Nyo Nyo Thinn, Parliamentarian, is an expert on law and women’s rights and empowerment in Myanmar. Her presentation … Continue reading Off to the Burma Road