MDI – Centre for Media and Development Initiatives

A not-for-profit organisation dedicated to initiate and accelerate media and development initiatives in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

Dialogue - Mutual understanding- Relevance

Responsible journalism

We contribute to develop legal framework and professional quality, create friendly environment for the media. We build and connect international and domestic media.

Good governance. Quality of life. Creative. Feasible

Development initiatives

We support development initiatives for quality of life and good governance.


Knowledge diffusion

We share knowledge, skills and experience

MDI in the press

Our works has been covered by top Vietnamese and international media publications

MDI’s purpose

To serve the public interest by harnessing the power of communications to inform, debate, educate and empower.


The Centre for Media and Development Initiatives was founded in 21st January 2014 under the Decision 55/ QĐ-LHHVN of Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations. MDI is an organization of science and technology with official legal status, seal and bank account.

Our team

We are established media and development experts.

Media Law and Ethics

MDI is the pioneer in supporting improvements of legal framework for responsible journalism in Vietnam.

Read press coverage of our media law project.

International conference on Media Law and Defamation Law, 2010

Hoang Huu Luong, Director of Press Department, Ministry of Communication and Information

“This is the first time I hear about definitions of public interest and privileges defense for journalists. It is very important and we may consider it in our policy-making process”
– Conference’s Evaluation form-

International conference on Media Law and Defamation Law, 2010

Quotes from media law project's participants

“If the journalists get information from the state’s investigative agency, but the information turn out wrong later, would the journalists be protected by privilege defense?
– Xuan Trung, Tuoi Tre newspaper.
“If the journalism piece is proven to be truth, it is protected by law”
– Hoang Dinh Cuc, director of Academy of Journalism and Tran Le Thuy, Director of MDI – Conference’s speech

Investigative Journalism

MDI is the leading NGO in investigative journalism development in Vietnam.

How our investigative journalism project works

MDI's Investigative Journalism Workshop 2014

Le Xuan Trung, Managing Editor of Tuoi Tre, Vietnam's biggest daily newspaper.

“We are facing high risks in doing investigative journalism. The risk is both for reporters who can be in danger, but also for editor-in-chiefs who would face challenges in political career. To publish or not to publish an investigative story or publish it at what level is demanding of editor-in-chiefs’ courage, not only his professional knowledge or experience. Investigative stories allow journalism to make contribution to clean the society and bring to light hidden wrongdoings that are harmful to the society. To be able to publish investigative stories would prove the professional level of newspapers and promote the brand with its audience”.

MDI's Investigative Journalism Workshop 2014

Nguyen Thu Trang, award-winning investigative journalist, Ho Chi Minh City's Women Newspaper

“Many people said being a female investigative journalist is challenging. But I feel lucky to be female. Feminine seems to be a weakness but in fact is an advantage for me to have compassion for the feelings of people in life. It is the profound obsession with people and their situation that pushes me to high determination to complete the story and reach the truth. The journalist’s sensitivity is sometimes a weapon and a catalyst for the story’s success”.


MediaEdu is the first online journalism training platform in Vietnam. We aim to provide high quality and up-to-date professional training at a large-scale. Our courses concentrate in professional skills that are much needed but not widely available for Vietnamese journalists. MediaEdu is a remedy of inequality in access to professional training opportunities.

How MediaEdu works?

Our current courses are include: Feature writing and News writing. We are looking for donors to open more courses, including but not limited to, data journalism, media law and ethics, fake news and verification, media and people with disability coverage. With your support, our courses would be free of charge to Vietnamese journalists at a unprecedented large-scale.

Journalism training by MediaEdu's experts

Le Quynh Anh, Vietnam News

“No one has told me before about the structure of an in-depth report
in such a systematic way. I only know one way of using details and
spread out like oil spill. I really impressed with the new knowledge
of “nut graph”, or the term “so what” to convince people the reason
why they should pay attention to the article”.

Journalism training by MediaEdu's experts

Ngoc Linh, Reporter, VnExpress

“I have noticed a change in my professional writing skills after the training. Previously I would report just 2 opposing points of view, but now I make use of three-four complex characters, while paying more attention to viewpoints from independent experts. My articles now have a multi-dimensional basis, are more reliable, and more attractive to readers”.

Quality Journalism

MDI is supporting development of quality journalism. MDI, in partnership with Project Syndicate, is distributing commentaries by the world’s leading thinkers and experts to Vietnamese media. The Project seeks to engage the citizens of Vietnam in the critical discussions that shaping our world. It introduces the citizens of Vietnam to international opinions and voices that currently are not readily available in the local media. Our aim is to give more room to media professionalism, diversity of opinion and thought, national debate, and the general progression towards a thriving and robust media sector.

We are looking forward to work with donors

Your donation will help us to distribute more commentaries of world leading thinkers to Vietnamese audience

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