Voice of America: The troubling journey to professional journalism

Born out of the intention to tell America’s stories to the world, Voice of America (VOA) was established and funded by the United States (US) as an international broadcasting channel in 1942 with a first broadcasted announcement, “This is a…

What I learnt in 2013

I have successfully survived 2013. Safe, purposeful and vertical, still! The funny part is I got to breathe 366 days throughout the year, or at least 365 days and 18 hours, to be exact. That was possible, for I began and…

Manith, a young artist to revolutionize Cambodian music industry

It is not often that a revolution of any kinds happens in Cambodia. Cambodian people are certainly not dump, but the country has suffered too much from decades of wars. That said, what to revolve seems to be less expected,…

I’m coming back to IFL as a lecturer

In case you don’t know what IFL stands for, it’s Institute of Foreign Languages, the place at which I spent 5 years to get my two bachelor degrees: Education (TEFL) and International Studies. It was a tough 5-year period. I…

2012: The year of disrespecting the status quo

The good news is 2012 marks the ending of my college life – at least undergraduate level – and the dawn of a new schooling atmosphere, the so-called career journey. I wish the year was just this simple. In early…

How youth can and need to express themselves better

When I just graduated from college, I was contacted by Loy9, a youth-oriented media campaign run by BBC Media Action and funded by UNDP, to sit in an interview describing “How can youth express themselves?” and “What are the benefits of self-expression?”. Self-expression plays a vital role…

Survivor: The story of my second coming

It’s never too late to start all over again, at least if we have the gut to. In fact, restarters are survivors, the people who come back harder, sharper and far more geared for battles. They come back from failures, mistakes and…