Advisory Team Profile

Myint Kyaw


Myint Kyaw started to work as a junior reporter at Myanmah Dana business magazine in late 2003. Then he wrote local news stories and business features for Myanmah Dana until late 2007. In early 2008. He joined the Visiting Scholar Program of the Journalism School at the University of Berkeley California from 2008 to 2009. In 2010, he co-founded the Yangon Press International news group with other colleagues. Then he served as editor in chief of Yangon Press International until May 2012. In September 2012, he started as a journalism trainer, conducting basic journalism training in the Myanmar Journalist Network. He has also been a member of the Interim Myanmar Press Council September since 2012, and also served as a member of newly elected Myanmar Press Council since 2015 till now. Currently, he is working as the Head of Training at the Myanmar Journalism Institute.

Htin Kyaw Aye


Htin Kyaw Aye, holding a diploma in IT and graduated through distance education in Burmese literature, worked as a translator at the English-language government newspaper The New Light of Myanmar from 2009 to 2013 until he was dismissed. He worked as a freelance translator and writer for local newspapers, journals and magazines before he was involved in founding a local parliamentary monitoring organization Open Myanmar Initiative in late 2013. He served there in the capacities of Deputy Research Director and then Research Director till 2018. He founded Ananda Data, a local non-profit for promoting public participation in politics through research and civic technology, in 2019. The organization focuses on parliament and government budget transparency.

Yvonne T. Chua


Yvonne T. Chua is an associate professor of journalism at the University of the Philippines where she teaches journalism ethics, investigative reporting, data journalism and fact-checking. She is a member of the Commission on Higher Education’s Technical Committee for Journalism and a fellow of the research organization Social Weather Stations. She has done studies on information disorder in the Philippines and been involved in fact-checking initiatives, including Vera Files Fact Check, Tsek.ph and FactRakers. Yvonne was previously a newspaper editor and training director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, and co-founded the media nonprofit Vera Files in 2006.

Masato Kajimoto


Masato Kajimoto , PhD, is an associate professor at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, the University of Hong Kong. He specializes in news literacy education and misinformation ecosystem research in Asia.

Kajimoto has recently led a five-country UNESCO project and served as the chief editor for its publication titled “Media and Information Literacy Education in Asia: Exploration of Policies and Practices in Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines” which came out in October 2020.

In 2019 he wrote an entry on “News Literacy” in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. He was also the leading researcher and co-editor for the paper “Information Disorder in Asia and the Pacific: Overview of Misinformation Ecosystem in Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam” in 2018.

Kajimoto founded a region-focused education NPO called ANNIE (Asian Network of News and Information Educators) to develop teaching and learning materials in news literacy in Asia. As part of the initiative, he has been running a student-led fact-checking news website called Annie Lab (http://annielab.org) at the university, which became a member of the Corona Virus Facts Alliance spearheaded by the International Fact-checking Network at Poynter Institute.

He is also the chief producer of the online course on Coursera titled Making Sense of the News, a collaborative project with Stony Brook University, State University of New York, where Kajimoto served as an external affiliate professor between 2015 and 2020.

He obtained a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature at Chuo University in Tokyo. He received a master’s degree in Journalism from the University.

Tin Zar Aung


Recently Tin Zar Aung is working with Internews as Training Manager. Internews is an INGO that is working for media Development in countries including Myanmar. Also she is General Secretary of Myanmar Women Journalist Society (MWJS). Currently she is working on some thematic issues such as Gender, Peace and Conflict and Diversity as well. Tin Zar Aung has been working in the media field for over 13 years.

She has started entering the media field as a position of reporter in TRUE news journal since 2007. And also she worked with other media organizations such as Myanmar Times and Mizzima. Before Internews, she worked with Mizzima over three years as starting with a senior reports position to newsroom editor before she left.

Now she is mostly focused on journalism training on some thematic issues that are very important for Myanmar, media ethic, Media literacy and other media related works. And sometimes she wrote some opinion articles on the media such as Mizzima, 7 Day and so on. And she finished Gender Studies and Politics and Public Policy Diploma from Local Institutes. Also, she participates actively in the sectors of media regulation and media and information literacy. And she finished the program of Media Regulations in a Democratic Framework by Sida.

As a volunteer works, she was Executive Member of Myanmar Journalist Network (MJN) from 2015 to 2019. Now she is General secretary of MWJS since 2019, September. Both MWJS and MJN are network and organization that are more focused on Media freedom and Development of journalism industry. MWJS is more likely focused on gender and women perspective but all journalists are exclusive consideration for the activities.