About the Project

About the Vietnam Reporting Project

The Vietnam Reporting Project is a journalism fellowship program created by the Renaissance Journalism Center to produce groundbreaking multimedia news coverage on the enduring environmental and health consequences of Agent Orange contamination in Vietnam, a long-forgotten and poorly reported issue. Through the dissemination of quality, in-depth journalism content across multiple media platforms, and by leveraging the mainstream, ethnic, and social media, the project strives to raise public awareness, spark national conversation, and stimulate problem solving on this lasting legacy of the Vietnam War.

The fellowship provided training, support and travel stipends to 13 journalists from the mainstream and Vietnamese American media to conduct field reporting in Vietnam. Working independently or collaboratively in small production teams, the journalists—print, radio and television reporters, photographers, multimedia producers—generated original news and feature coverage in a variety of formats, including television, radio, multimedia, video and blogs. Depending on the news outlet, the fellows’ work was in English and/or Vietnamese.

To ensure that the content reached the widest audience possible, especially key target audiences such as the Vietnamese communities and policy decision-makers, every effort was made to distribute the fellows’ work through outlets in both the mainstream, independent and Vietnamese American media, as well as through nonprofit organizations and social media.

This website showcases the work of this talented mix of journalists. Through powerful stories and images, as well as personal blog entries,  the fellows shed light on the very human impact of Agent Orange, both in Vietnam and the United States, and deepened our understanding of this complex issue.

The Vietnam Reporting Project, a collaboration with Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), was funded by the Ford Foundation.

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