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NMDC organized its 75th Basic Journalism at Sindhupalchok:

National Media Development Center (NMDC) has organized a five-day Basic Journalism Training (BJT) in Chautara, Sindhupalchok with the support provided by Department of Information, Ministry of Information and Communication.Training was organized form 14-18 December 2013 in coordination with Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) Sindhupalchok branch. In the training, there were 28 participants including 12 women. It was NMDC’s 75th training organized in 59th districts of Nepal.

Pabitra Kumar Khadka, President, FNJ Sindhupalchok branch chaired the inaugural session. Director General of Department of Information Laxmi Bilash Koirala inaugurated the five-day training. Inaugurating the session, Director General Koirala said, “Journalists should be aware of the laws, rules and regulation. Nepal government has provided several incentives to the media, they should get benefit. Journalists should be competent.”

In the session, guest acting Chief District Officer Surya Prasad Upadhya, former president of FNJ Rishiram Poudel had wished for the success of the training. Joint secretary Shyam Chalise, and photographer Shalikram Koirala from Department of Information were also present at the session.

Most of the participants were the reporters of local tabloid 1 daily and 12 weekly newspapers and 5 community FM radio stations. There are two communities and three commercial FM radio stations-in Sindhupalchok.

Addressing the session, Pabitra Kumar Khadka from the chair said, ‘ This training is special as senior trainers from Kathmandu are facilitating, though similar type of trainings FNJ had organized. Women journalists are interested but their continuation in journalism profession is less.’

NMDC Vice-president and trainer Bishnu P Sharma had informed about the content and methodology of the training. Though, by name, it is basic journalism training, the contents it has covered are advanced level. It covers development journalism, feature writing and new media, he explained.

In the five-day training modality, information on communication, principles of journalism, news, types of news and elements of news, news issue identification, discussion, news writing, development journalism, feature writing, opinion writing and field reporting and news presentation were included.

Laxmi Bilash Koirala and Shyam Chalise from Department of Informnation, Raju Bhai Shrestha from DDC, Rishiram Poudel had also shared their experience and activities of the concerned department with the participants. Senior two journalists Shreeram Singh Basnet, Badri Tiwari and Bishnu Prasad Sharma had facilitated the five day training.

A brief closing session had also been organized. FNJ President Pabitra Kumar Khadka had chaired the session. Local senior journalists, trainers, former president had distributed certificate to the participants.

Participants at Sindhupalchok Training

Participants at Sindhupalchok Training

Achievement

a. Twenty-eight journalists (12 Women) sharpened their reporting skill.

b. Local journalists became able to evaluate their own work.