NMDC’s 97th Training at Solukhumbu

Journalism Training Focused on Development Reporting

02 – 06 June 2016 (20 – 24 Jeth 2073), Salleri, Solukhumbu

Summary: National Media Development Center (NMDC) in coordination with FNJ Solukhumbu branch has organized a five-day Journalism Training Focused on Development Reporting. Department of Information, Ministry of Information and Communications had supported the program. It was 97th journalism training of NMDC. Together with Solukhumbu, NMDC have organized its different theme based trainings in 69 out of 75 districts of Nepal. This training was organized from 02 -06 June 2016 (20 – 24 Jeth 2073) at Salleri, Solukhumbu.IMG_6643 address Bishnu

Journalism training focused on development reporting gave high priority to working journalists. There were 19 participants including 12 women journalists working in 4 FM Radio Stations of the district.

The five days training was designed to the working journalists focusing on development reporting. The training became fruitful to working reporters and radio program presenters. For the first two days, the course covers the principles of basic journalism, news identification, news writing, experience sharing, field reporting and presentation. The concept of development reporting and its need was also introduced from the beginning so that participants had become aware of reporting.IMG_6716 participants

The issues apart from principles, covered in the sessions were new media-Facebook, Flicker, Blog, Google search, Google mapmaker, development and economic reporting and code of conduct for the journalists. Discussion also took place that the journalists has to be updated with district information based on district profile.

Together with several class exercises, presentations and news writing, one field reporting assignment had provided a great practical knowledge to the reporters. They had told that the field reporting assignment had inspired and gave them a clear idea in collecting information and news writing on structure.

Even inIMG_6831pp dai a short period of time, they had become able to recognize and identify issues and had also become able to write news in structure. They also have learned beat reporting such as tourism, development and economy. Participants have become familier with the code of ethics for journalists.

Joint Secretary of Department of Information Mr. Bishnu Bhakta Ranjit had inaugurated the five-days training on 02 June 2016. Inaugurating the session, Ranjit said, ” The five days training will support to enhance the quality of local journalists. Special guest Pankaj Bhurtel from office of district administration had  also congratulated the participants to get benefit from the standard training organized for the first time in the district.

“Media is known as the fourth estate of the nation. It can lead the region and nation towards development.” Addressing the session trainer Pramod Pradhan said, ” Training makes the trainees fresh. We both learn from training sessions. Young journalists have good opportunities if they give attention“.

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Vice-President of FNJ Solukhumbu branch, Bhojendra Basnet  encouraging the participants said about the importance of the journalism training. He also thanked the organizer for bringing the valuable training in the district. It was the first of such types of training organied in the district.

Bishnu Prasad Sharma, Executive Director of NMDC welcoming on bIMG_6853ehalf of organizer, supporter and coordinator highlighted the content, objective of the five days training. At that time, he briefly informed the rural district focused training programs organized by NMDC. Vice-president of FNJ Solukhumbu branch Bhojendra Basnet had chaired the inaugural session.

Pramod Pradhan, Bishnu P Sharma and Bishnu Bhakta Ranjit and Bhojendra Basnet had facilitated the training.

NMDC had evaluated the training through pre and post training questionnaires by involving trainees. The concept they mentioned in the firm had shown that the training was successful to transfer basic skill to the participants.

At the end, a brief closing session had also been organized in participation with trainers, senior journalists, FNJ members and local journalists. Bhojendra Basnet had chaired both sessions.Achievements of the training:IMG_6888 address Bishnu

  • Participants become able to identify issues and became able to write general news and news on development and economic issues,
  • Participants realized that they should work and study hard to become a good reporter and,
  • They learned that to be a professional reporter, they should be aware of code of ethic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NMDC’s 94th Training on Disaster & Reconstruction

 Training on Reporting Disaster and Reconstruction

24-27 March 2016 (11 -14 Chait 2072), Palpa DAP/NMDC

Summary:

NMDC organized its 94th journalism training in Tansen, Palpa from 24 to 27 March 2016. DAP of the Australian Embassy had supported the four days long Reporting on Disaster & Reconstruction IMG_5047 Bishnu Addressingfocused training. FNJ Palpa district branch had coordinated the training. It is fifth out of six training supported by DAP.

In the training, there were 19 energetic and young working journalists including 9 female from different media outlets. Among the participants, they were 7 from print, 7 from FM radio and 1 from TV Channel and other 4 were involved both in print and FM Radio station. Participants were from five different districts including Palpa, Shyangja, Kapilbastu, Rupendehi and Nawalparasi.

All participants were young working reporters and had participated actively. Reporters had learned about disaster, phases of disaster, tips for disaster and reconstruction reporting NMDC had given priority to young working journalists. They also have learned basic principles of journalism.

Chief District Officer of Palpa, Baburam Gautam had inaugurated the training. Senior journalist and journalism freedom fighter Megh Raj Sharma, former FNJ President Bhagwan Bhandari, trainer Shreeram Singh Basnet and Badri Tiwari, representatives from different media organizations and reporters were present in the inaugural program.

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Chief Guest of the session Baburam Gautam welcoming and thanking to the organizer-NMDC and the Australian Embassy for bringing the training in Palpa said, “Training supports the participants to enhance their skill, knowledge and technology. The relevant training will certainly help inspire young journalists to be professional in their profession.

Senior journalists Megh Raj Sharma said, the journalists should provide true information so that it strengthens democracy in local level. Highlighting on the need of such training Bhagwan Bhandari requested the participants to benefit from the training.

Trainer Basnet addressing at the inaugural session said, ” Local reporter should be ready to write on disaster on regular basis. Nepal lies under disaster zone, so we seriously have to take emergency journalism as a major theme reporting. On behalf of NMDC, FNJ and the Australian Embassy, Mr.  Bishnu P Sharma (Executive Director, NMDC) welcoming the participants and guests had highlighted the theme, contents and methodology of the four days training. He also had thanked to the Embassy and FNJ for their precious contribution and support to enhance journalist’s reporting capacity. Rajesh Kumar Aryal, FNJ President Palpa district had chaired the session.

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In the four days sessions, reporters had gained both basic information about journalism and theme based knowledge about the emergency journalism: its highlights; implications,  disaster reporting: its objectives, audience, style, linkage with journalistic norms of presenting stories for mass media, online, social media, verification of sources, facts, dealing with authorities during disaster and handling social media information. Other topics included were: cases of disaster reporting, policies of the government, what ethical reporting on disaster. What are the challenges to the journalists while reporting on disaster? Focuses was given on enhancing reporters’ listening, writing, and presenting skills.

They were involved in presenting, writing and listening exercises. Trainers had given cases of the disaster. Discussion and presentation took place on the topics such as disasters in respective districts, preparedness in the districts and news writing practices.

They also learned their role, role of news-desk, disaster preparedness at district level, tools for disaster: breaking news, follow-up news, news digest; public opinion; running story etc. Participants were encouraged to prepare disaster map of the district and write stories continuously to inform the public as well as concerned authorities. Snacks bite, flood in Terai, landslide, bushfire and flood in hill districts were discussed. The effort of media builds awareness about possible disaster to the general people and the authorities and helps save them.

Trainers Shreeram Singh Basnet and Badri Tiwari had facilitated the training. Similarly, LDO of Palpa Krishna Prasad Pandey and FNJ Presient of Palpa branch Rajesh Kumar Aryal had also facilitated about disaster preparedness and disaster reporting at district level respectively.

All reporters had expressed their commitment for regular reporting on disaster. They also had prepared ‘Individual Work-plan’ for post training reporting. All of them will prepare radio report, news and articles in Baishak 12 remembering the devastating earthquake of (12 May 2015) and they will continue reporting.

FNJ President of Palpa branch Rajesh Kumar Aryal had Chaired both inaugural and closing sessions. FNJ Palpa President, trainers and  former Presidents of FNJ Palpa had provided participation certificates to the trainees.

In total, 2273 (988 female) participants have participated in the training of NMDC including NMDC’s this 94th training organized in Palpa. IMG_5240 certificate distribution

Major Achievements of the training:  

The major achievements of the training are as follows:

  • Participants identified 38 disaster and reconstruction related issues and placed them under their Individual Work Plan (issues are given in the detail report).
  • 19 young journalists including 9 women expressed their commitment to write on disaster on regular basis.
  • Confidence on writing news on disaster and reconstruction related issues developed.
NMDC Training at a Glance May 2007 to March 2016
SN Training Theme Male Female Total Trainings Covered Dist
1 Basic/Inter./Advanced 547 499 1046 41 55
2 Health 206 144 350 17 129
3 Development 107 124 231 11 53
4 Civic 271 91 362 11 45
5 Disaster 93 102 195 10 11
6 Diff. Themes 61 28 89 4 20
1285 988 2273 94  
Training Conducted in 67 out of 75 districts of Nepal

 

 

NMDC’s 93nd Journalism Training

Training on Reporting Disaster and Reconstruction

15-18 March 2016 ( 02 – 05 Chait 2072) Dang DAP/NMDC

Summary: NMDC organized its 93nd journalism training in Ghorahi, Dang from 15 to 18 March 2016. DAP of the Australian Embassy had supported the four days long Disaster & Reconstruction focused training for working journalists of the region. FNJ Dang coordinated the training.

DSCN9292 inauguralIn the training, there were 19 energetic and young working journalists including 9 female participants from different media outlets. Most of the participants were from FM radio stations working in different 5 districts- Banke, Dang, Salyan, Pyuthan and Rukum. All participants were working reporters and had participated actively in the training. Reporters had learned about disaster, phases of disaster, tips for disaster and reconstruction reporting. Among the participants 7 were from print, 11 from FM radio, and 1 from TV Channel.

S.N. District Female Male Total
1 Banke 2 2
2 Dang 4 7 11
3 Salyan 2 2
4 Pyuthan 1 1 2
5 Rukum 2 2
9 10 19

Chief Guest of the session Narayan Prasad Sharma thanking to the organizer and the Australian Embassy for bringing the training in Dang said, ” The main task of journalism is to make the people happy from pain. This is an art of journalist that leads the society toward creativity and positiveness. Main part of journalism is social development giving news by evaluating the development of society.” Highlighting on the need of reconstruction, he said, “Nepal is now in new phase of political development, so there should be overall reconstruction of the society- for that journalists can lead, and they should”. Informing the participants about trainer Prof. R.K. Regmee he said, ” Regmee is the mixture of self reliance and dignity.”

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Special guest CDO of Dang district Dipak Kafle said, ” Knowledge, skill, good attitude and techonology are essential to be a good journalist. Training provides all these things in short period.”

Trainer Regmee addressing at the inaugural session said, “Emergency journalism is one of the major faculties of modern journalism. Nepal is sitting above disaster zone, so we seriously have to take emergency journalism as a major theme reporting. Journalists have to raise questions on reconstruction, bring issues of the people then steps of reconstruction starts. Reporting builds confidence”.

Trainer R. K. Regmee and Laxman Adhikari had facilitated the four days. Reporters had gained theoretical knowledge about the emergency journalism: its highlights; implications,  disaster reporting: its objectives, audience, style, linkage with journalistic norms of presenting stories for mass media, online, social media, verification of sources, facts, dealing with authorities during disaster and handling social media information. Other topics included were: cases of disaster reporting, policies of the government, what the journalists should do and what not during disaster reporting? What are the challenges to the journalists while reporting on disaster? Focuses was given on enhancing reporters’ listening, writing, and presenting skills.

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They were involved in presenting, writing and listening exercises. Trainers had given cases of the disasters such as death of the citizen, damaged historical sites during the earthquake, reconstruction and policies. During training participants had written news on the basic of given information. Later, trainer had provided feedback on their works.

They also learned their role, role of news-desk, disaster preparedness at district level, tools for disaster: breaking news, follow-up news, news digest; public opinion; running story etc. Participants were encouraged to prepare disaster map of the district and write stories continuously to inform the public as well as concerned authorities. The effort of media builds awareness about possible disaster to the general people, the authorities and helps make them able to address on disaster.

After the training, around 100 percent participants had developed ‘Individual Work-plan’ for post training reporting. They have identified 23 disaster and reconstruction related issues for the reporting. NMDC has promised to make necessary follow-up,DSCN9380 laxman guidance if necessary and feedback on training outcome after reviewing their work.

Trainers Prof. R.K. Regmee, Laxman Adhikari had facilitated the training. NMDC as per its planning had also hired local resource persons from office of DDC and FNJ.

FNJ President of Dang branch Sudeep Gautam had chaired both sessions. Senior journalists, former Presidents of Dang, senior journalists of Dang were present at both sessions. All the guests  including Sushil Gautam, Bipul Pokharel and Pratap Regmi wished for the success of the training and thanked the organizer and supporter bringing the training in Dang.

DSCN9516On behalf of NMDC, FNJ and the Australian Embassy, Mr. Bishnu P Sharma (Executive Director, NMDC) welcoming the participants and guests had highlighted the theme, contents and methodology of the four days training. He also had thanked to the Embassy and FNJ for their effortful and valuable contribution to make the program happen.

In total, 2254 (979-female) participants have participated in the training of NMDC including NMDC’s this 93th training.

Major Achievements of the training:  

  • Participants expressed their commitment to prepare regular news reports on disaster.

NMDC’s 92nd Training on Reporting Disaster and Reconstruction

Training on Reporting Disaster and Reconstruction

08-11 February 2016 ( 25 – 28 Magh 2072) Gorkha DAP/NMDC

Summary: The 92nd journalism training of National Media Development Center (NMDC) was organized in Gorkha from 08 to 11 Feb 2016. DAP of the Australian Embassy had supported the four days long training on Reporting Disaster & Reconstruction. FNJ Gorkha had coordinated it.

In the training, there were 17 energetic and young working journalists including 7 female participants from different media outlets.IMG_4727 Note taking

Most of the participants were from FM radio stations working in different 5 districts. In the training reporters had learned about the disaster, types of disaster in Nepal, phases of disaster, tips for disaster and reconstruction reporting. Participants had also visited earthquake destroyed village Paslang and had observed it. Participants were from from Gorkha-9, Lamjung-2, Kaski-2, Baglung-2 and Myagdi-2 districts. Among the participants, 3 were from print, 13 from FM radio, and 1 from online media selected by FNJ district branches under the criterion provided by NMDC.

As per training plan of NMDC, two special inaugural and concluding sessions were organized. Senior journalist and media trainer Prof. R.K. Regmee inaugurating the training requested both the reporters and government authorities to be prepared for the disaster. Such trainings are the opportunities to young reporters, he said.

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Chief District Officer of Gorkha district Bala Dev Gautam wished for the success of the training and thanked the organizer and supporter bringing the relevant training in Gorkha the epicenter of the April Nepal Earthquake. “The training will help to increase knowledge, capacity and bringing changes in attitude, he said.”

Special guest of the session and Deputy Head of Mission of the Australian Embassy Kathmandu Mr. Stephen Rowe expressing his happiness for being in Gorkha district said, “The journalist should always provide information based on facts. While reporting, journalists should not look for individual interest.” Expressing happiness for the participation from government institutions, Stephen further said, “The training will help to build networking between the journalists working in five different districts of Nepal. They will be able to share reconstruction work of one district to another. Journalists should always be aware of authenticity and news quality.”  Concluding his address, he asked participatns to get maximum benefit from senior trainers.IMG_4696

Addressing the session, founder President of Gorkha FNJ chapter Kishor Jung Thapa said that the journalists of Gorkha feeling responsibility had reached in the spot during disaster and had brought information to the people and supported to rescue team.

In the session, LDO of Gorkha district Prem Raj Giri, DSP Basanta Rajaure and FNJ vice President Shiva Upreti had also highlighted on the value and importance of the training.

In the four days sessions, reporters had gained theoretical knowledge about the emergency journalism: reporting importance, its highlights; implications, disaster reporting: its objectives, audience, style, linkage with journalistic norms of presenting stories for mass media, online, social media, verification of sources, facts, dealing with authorities during disaster and handling social media information. Other topics included were: cases of disaster reporting, policies of the government, what the journalists should do and what not during disaster reporting? What are the challenges to the journalists while reporting on disaster?

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Focuses was given on enhancing reporters’ listening, writing, presenting skills.

Participants were involved in presenting, writing and listening exercises. Trainers had given cases of the disaster and participants had worked out on it. The participants had written the news on the basic of given information. Later, trainer had provided feedback on their work. Participants had also visited nearest village of earthquake destroyed Paslang village. Reconstruction work is not yet started there. People in very poor condition are under the shed of tarpaulin and corrugated iron sheet looking towards the supporting hands of the government.

They also learned their role, role of news-desk, disaster preparedness at district level, tools for disaster reporting: breaking news, follow-up news, news digest; public opinion; running story etc. Participants were encouraged to prepare disaster map of the district and write stories continuously to inform the people as well as concerned authorities. The effort of media brings awareness to the general people and the authorities about possible disaster and helps save them.

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After the training, all participants had promised to make news stories in coming Baishak 2073 a year after disaster. They have noted down 52 disaster and reconstruction related issues which will be broadcasted through FM radio stations, local newspapers and online. NMDC will make necessary follow-up and monitoring on the performance of their work.

IMG_4935 participants writingSenior trainers Prof. R.K. Regmee and Shreeram Singh Basnet, had facilitated the training. Local resource persons from DDC Kularaj Chalise and FNJ President Bhim Lal Shrestha had also presented in the session.

President of Gorkha branch Bhim Lal Shrestha had chaired both inaugural and closing sessions. Senior journalists, former Presidents of FNJ, reporters of national media were also present in both sessions. Similarly, Krishna Bahadur Karki , Program and Research Officer of the Australian Embassy was present at the inaugural session.

Mr. Bishnu P Sharma (Executive Director, NMDC), trainer Shreeram Singh Basnet and FNJ President and Vice-president had distributed participation certificates at the closing session.

In total, 2235 (970 female) participants have participated in the training of NMDC including NMDC’s this 92nd training organized in Gorkha

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Major Achievements of the training:   The major achievements of the training are as follows:

  • 52 disaster and reconstruction related issues will be published and broadcasted during the month of Baishak 2073 (May 2016). (Issue is included in detail report.)
  • 17 young journalists including 7 women understood the importance of disaster reporting and role of journalists in disaster
  • Value of correct, fact based news in simple languages internalized,

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  • Listening, presenting and writing skill developed,
  • Encouraged to enhance reporting skill and prepare quality news,
  • Motivated to write continuously about disaster without waiting landslide or another earthquake, and
  • Internalized the need of permanent disaster desk even in district media house.
  • The End●

NMDC’s 91st Training in Ramechhap

 

Training on Reporting Disaster and Reconstruction

07-10 January 2016, Ramechhap 

National Media Development Center (NMDC) organized its DAP of the Australian Embassy supported second four days journalism training on Reporting Disaster & Reconstruction from 07- 10 January 2016, at Manthali, Ramechhap. This was NMDC’s 91st journalism training organized for the second time in Ramechhap.

IMG_4497 note takingIn the training, there were 19 energetic and young working journalists including 10 female participants from different media outlets. Most of the participants were from FM radio stations although there are two daily newspapers and 7 weeklies. They themselves are also involved in both print and radio media. Reporters who actively participated in the training had gained both theoretical as well as practical reporting skill on the theme of “Disaster and Reconstruction”. The participant reporters were from Ramechhap and Solukhumbu districts. Participants invited from Sindhuli and Okhaldhunga districts were unable to participate (FNJ of respective districts had informed). Among the participants, they were 1 from print, 14 from FM radio, and 4 were FNJ Ramechhap members.

IMG_4406 Inauguration by Amb and CDOAs per the policy of NMDC, two special inaugural and concluding sessions were organized. HE Glenn White, the Australian Ambassador to Nepal and Shesh Narayan Poudel, Chief District Officer of Ramechhap district had inaugurated the four days training, by lightening two candles. Similarly, Dinesh Raj Pant, LDO, Ramechhap had distributed participation certificates to the journalists at the end of the session.

Australian Ambassador to Nepal, HE Glenn White inaugurating the four days training said, “The role and responsibility of a journalists and diplomat are similar because both of them collect information from different sources and inform respectively. Only the thing is that a diplomat collects information and provides report to the respective government. And, the government provides the information to its people through media. Both information collected by the journalists and diplomat should be true, they should be based on facts, and should be verified by sources.”

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Recalling the Nepal earthquake, he said that he had informed to his government in Australia collecting information from Nepal. And, on the basis of the information, the Australian government had informed to the citizen of Australia and had provided support to the people of Nepal. He further said, the support of the Australian government was based on the information provided from the Embassy.

Inspiring the young journalists he said, ‘Journalist’s duty is to give correct and true information to the people so that the people can decide’.

His Excellency further said, ‘ Journalists should not always be negative, they should give priority for their responsibility’.IMG_4433 Amb add

Addressing the session CDO Poudel said, ‘ The task of reconstruction is a massive work. In this phase from ordinary people to government are massively involved. Journalists should try to be professional in reporting.  Journalists should give information of both the government and the people’.

In the four days sessions, reporters had gained theoretical knowledge about the emergency journalism: its highlights; implications,  disaster reporting: its objectives, audience, style, linkage with journalistic norms of presenting stories for mass media, online, social media, verification of sources, facts,

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dealing with authorities during disaster and handling social media information. Other topics included were: cases of disaster reporting, policies of the government, what the journalists should do and what not during disaster reporting? What are the challenges to the journalists while reporting on disaster? Focuses was given on enhancing reporters’ listening, writing, presenting skills.

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They were involved in presenting, writing and listening exercises. Trainers had given cases of the disaster on death, damaged historical sites during the earthquake. The participants had written the news on the basic of given information. Later, trainer had provided feedback on their work.

They also learned their role, role of news-desk, disaster preparedness at district level, tools for disaster: breaking news, follow-up news, news digest; public opinion; running story etc. Participants were encouraged to prepare disaster map of the district and write stories continuously to inform the public as well as concerned authorities. The effort of media builds awareness about possible disaster to the general people and the authorities and helps save them.IMG_4445 Jero and Radhika

After the training, around 70 percent participants had developed ‘Individual Work-plan’ for post training reporting. They have identified 28 disaster and reconstruction related issues for the reporting. NMDC has promised to make necessary follow-up, guidance if necessary and feedback on training outcome after reviewing their work.

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Trainers Prof. R.K. Regmee, Shreeram Singh Basnet, had facilitated the training. NMDC as per its planning had also hired local resource persons from office of DDC, FNJ and Nepal Red Cross Society district branch.

FNJ President of Ramechhap branch Ramesh Dhungel had Chaired both sessions. Senior journalists, former Presidents of FNJ, reporters of national media working in Ramechhap were present at both sessions. Similarly, Krishna Bahadur Karki, Program and Research Officer of the Australian Embassy was present at the inaugural session.

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On behalf of NMDC, FNJ and the Australian Embassy, Mr. Bishnu P Sharma (Executive Director, NMDC) welcoming the participants and guests had highlighted the theme, contents and methodology of the four days training. He also had thanked to the Embassy and FNJ for their effortful and valuable contribution to make the program happen.

In total, 2218 (963 female) participants have participated in the training of NMDC including NMDC’s this 91st training organized in Ramechhap.

Major Achievements of the training:  IMG_4582 cd all good

The major achievements of the training are as follows:

  • Participants identified 28 disaster and reconstruction related issues and placed them under their Individual Work Plan (issues are given in the detail report).
  • 19 young journalists including 10 women became able to search and identify disaster and reconstruction related issues and write them continuously following learned guidelines and tools, and
  • Confidence on writing news on disaster and reconstruction related issues developed.
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NMDC’s 89th Training on: Reporting Disaster & Reconstruction

Summary: Training on Reporting Disaster and Reconstruction

01-04 December 2015 ( 15 – 18 Mangsir 2072), Bhaktapur DAP/NMDC

National Media Development Center (NMDC) organized four days journalism training on Reporting Disaster & Reconstruction from 1- 4 December 2015, in Bhaktapur. DAP 2015-2016 of the Australian Embassy had supported the program. This was NMDC’s 89th journalism training.

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HE Mr.Glenn White, Australian Ambassador to Nepal addressing the session

In the training, there were 20 energetic and young working journalists including 16 girls from different media outlets. All reporters actively participated in the training and gained both theoretical as well as practical reporting skill on the theme of “Disaster and Reconstruction”. The participant reporters were from Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Rasuwa and Dhading districts. They were 9 from print, 6 from FM radio, 1 from TV, 1 from News Agency and 3 were journalism students.

Special two inaugural and concluding sessions were also organized. Chief District Officer Toyam Ray had inaugurated the four days training on the first day. Similarly, HE Glenn White, the Australian Ambassador to Nepal had distributed participation certificates to the journalists at the end of the session.

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Trainees with HE Glenn White & Trainer R.K. Regmee

Australian Ambassador to Nepal, HE Gleen White distributing certificates to the participants said, ‘Journalists should be accountable and they should work being on the top position. Their duty is to provide accurate information to the people rather than to create hope for them.” Encouraging the journalists, he remarked that it is always easier to write bad stories and bad things but to write the best story is always hard. Ambassador expressed his happiness for being able to be a part to enhance reporting skill of the young reporters on the most relevant issue of the nation.

Addressing the inaugural session, CDO Ray said, ‘ The responsibility of the journalists during disaster is higher. We need to provide high value to journalists as they write sufferers’ story without writing their own story though they themselves being sufferers. That is big contribution to the society’.

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Participants in the classroom

In the four days sessions, reporters had gained theoretical knowledge about the emergency journalism: its highlights; implications,  disaster reporting: its objectives, audience, style, linkage with journalistic norms of presenting stories for mass media, online, social media, verification of sources, facts, dealing with authorities during disaster and handling social media information. Other topics included were: cases of disaster reporting, policies of the government, what the journalists should do and what not during disaster reporting? What are the challenges to the journalists while reporting on disaster? Making capable to reporters on the use of multimedia.

They were involved in presenting, writing and listening exercises and photography. Trainers had given cases of the disaster on flood, damaged historical sites, and lost villages during the earthquake. The participants had written the news on the basic of given information. Later, trainer had provided feedback on their work.

They also learned their role, role of news-desk, disaster preparedness at district level, tools for disaster: breaking news, follow-up news, news digest; public opinion; running story etc. Participants were encouraged to prepare disaster map of the district and write stories continuously to inform the public as well as concerned authorities. The effort of media builds awareness about possible disaster to the general people and the authorities and helps save them.

After the training, all participants had developed ‘Individual Work-plan’ for post training reporting. They have identified around 40 disaster and reconstruction related issues for the reporting. NMDC has promised to make necessary follow-up, guidance if necessary and feedback on training outcome after reviewing their work.

Trainers Prof. R.K. Regmee, Shreeram Singh Basnet, Badri Tiwari  had facilitated the training. NMDC as per its planning had also hired local resource persons from office of District Administration and Nepal Red Cross Society.

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HE distributing certificate to trainees

FNJ President of Bhaktapur branch Amar Bhuju had chaired both sessions. Vice President of FNJ Bhaktapur Som Sharma had welcomed and Jagat Prajapti had run the special sessions. Senior journalists, reporters of national media working in Bhaktapur were present at both sessions. Similarly, Krishna Bahadur Karki , Program and Research Officer of the Australian Embassy was present at the closing session.

On behalf of NMDC, FNJ and the Australian Embassy, Mr. Bishnu P Sharma (Executive Director, NMDC) welcoming the participants and guests had highlighted the theme, contents and methodology of the four days training. Mr. Sharma had coordinated whole four day sessions.

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Participants

In total, 2176 (941 female) participants have participated in the training of NMDC including NMDC’s this 89th training organized in Bhaktapur.

Major Achievements of the training:   The major achievements of the training are as follows:

  • Participants identified 40 disaster and reconstruction related issues and placed them under their Individual Work Plan ( issues are given in the detail report).
  • 20 young journalists including 16 women became able to dig out disaster and reconstruction related issues and write them continuously following learned guidelines and tools,
  • Confidence on writing news on disaster and reconstruction related issues developed,
  • Reporters visualized about the role and responsibility of journalists in disaster reporting,
  • Need to make disaster map of the district for continuous reporting identified,
  • Journalists learned the skill of photography
  • Presentations, writing and listening skills heightened their confidence level. bishnu.nmdc@gmail.com

‘नेपाल’लाई झुक्न म दिने छैन

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सैतान् बनि कोपर्न मलाई नखोज

काचुली  तिम्रा ह्रिम्सक्  नङ्ग्राहरुले ,

कलुशीत्  नजरले घोच्न नखोज

फुटेका तिम्रा नयनका नानीहरुले ।

चिमोटेर  मलाई खान्छौ  कति

ग्रिस्मको हिऊ म कँहा  हुँ र,

सताएर् मलाई लुट्छौ कति

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