The Korat Post is a local
English language newspaper produced and published in Thai
land's northeast province of Nakhonratchasima (Korat, Khorat).
We strive to increase information exchange between Thai and
non-Thai readers of events, personalities, news and all types
of information that will provide insight and benefit to all
The Korat Post is dedicated
to increasing the interchange and flow of information between
northeast Thailand academic, government, private and public
agencies and groups and those of the foreign English language
community whether here in Thailand or abroad, to promote further
awareness and symbiosis in the exchange of ideas. We also
endeavor to augment government and non-government objectives
in furthering the education and opportunities available to
the people of northeast Thailand and those who live and visit
the region. To achieve this, the Korat Post will and does:
* Provide information and
ideas in a public format (hardcopy and online) to increase
the free flow of democratic-based information, and to offer
a widely-available information resource to planners, administrators,
decision makers, and other agencies and groups found in Thai
* Promote greater awareness
and understanding on the part of northeast Thailand of the
need to engage in more English language information resources.
* Act as a regional and
community resource that can be accessed by all to provide
information, resources, documentation, references, listings,
contact information, translation services, and referrals.
* Constantly provide information online,
in printed format, and in presentations to further our mission.
* Expand networking with local agencies and institutions to
obtain additional resources and outlets.
* Increase advertising revenue and value-added services to
existing and new advertisers.
* Increase international profile and scope by research, distribution,
testimonials and in networking with others.
* Increase market presence through subscription sales.
* Strengthen already-existing networking with The Nation and
Korat Daily newspaper organizations to obtain further support
* Set up a permanent training resource that clearly incorporates
principles of free speech, democracy, and ethics.
* Periodically review our vision, mission and objectives to
inquire that they work and are appropriate for current and
future conditions and markets.
About the Korat Post...
Our newspaper has operated
intermittently since its founding in April 1999 (license no.
1/2542) generally because of lack of interest and support
from the local business, academic and government communities.
In fact, even a couple senior members of a vital business
organization have promised us support but given none. This
is, unfortunately, one of the risks of doing business in Thailand
- false assurances.
Operating independently, as our homepage indicates, has advantages
as well as drawbacks. First, we do not need to halt publication
because of advertising withdrawals. Secondly, what appears
in our publication is, as close as we can make it, the truth
and factual without shading from local interests. This policy
and its execution means that readers will have presented to
them the facts with editorial comment and relevant background
to be able to make an informed decision or come to a balanced
conclusion. How many other newspapers in Thailand provide
this kind of product?
Our special emphasis on NE Thailand, and specifically, Korat,
offers readers information they can not obtain elsewhere without
a great deal of expensive and time consuming effort.
We used to distribute through three agents in Korat, who then place copies to major local hotels, and another two major hotels in each NE province. More copies were sent to 10 TAT offices nationwide, 25 chambers of commerce in Bangkok, 25 more embassies, etc. So we tried to make those copies go as far as possible to people who are more likely to benefit from the content. Recently, we have been asked to distribute in Pattaya by another distributor there. At this time we are not doing subscriptions.
The paper's owner and editor, Mrs. Tongmuan Anderson, is a
Korat native, born on 15 June 1945 in Muang district. Her
father, Sirinat, migrated to Thailand from India. Her mother,
Tim, was the daughter of a local village leader. Both parents
are deceased. Mrs. Anderson has traveled the world, living
in Iran for five years and Saudi Arabia (Aramco-Dhahran) for nineteen more
with her American husband where they brought up their two
sons, Paul and Ben. Paul went on to graduate from the University
of New Haven in Connecticut, USA, with a bachelor in criminal
justice, and now works for an investigation firm in Bangkok.
Ben graduated with a degree in English, and now works in the
records department of a hospital in Connecticut.
Reporters & News Gathering
Because we are a small local newspaper, we currently do not employ full time staff or reporters. We contract individual local reporters on an assignment basis, either for individual articles or for a series. As well, we have reached agreements with local Thai language publications to translate their articles into English for publication.
Any contact with the newspaper should be directed to its editor and publisher, Mrs. Tongmuan Anderson, tel. 044-958728.