NMDC’s 86th Training : Reporting Disaster & Reconstruction

Venue: Dhading Bensi, Dhading
IMG_4940 Bishnu in class
National Media Development Center (NMDC) organized five days journalism training held from 01-05 September 2015 (15 – 19 Bhadau 2072) in Dhading. Seventeen (17) working young reporters including 11 women actively engaged in the training and they gained practical reporting knowledge about disaster and reconstruction.

All of them were working journalists involved either in FM radio stations, daily and weekly newspapers, TV and or in online media.DSCN8858 Writing Exercise
In the five days sessions, they had gained theoretical knowledge for reporting about disaster, pre-disaster, during disaster, post disaster and reconstruction, and technical idea about multimedia use. In the multimedia, they learned practical knowledge to visit google map and inserting location in it, photography, and video and online.
They engaged actively in practical sessions. The sessions mainly were- group field reporting, discussions on several issues, writing news on disaster and rebuilding, issue identification, visit google map and insert their own village in google map, photography, and taking video clips for the preparation of news stories. The concept was to encourage them to build their own village.DSCN8958 Presentation preparation
Group work, field reporting, issue identification and news writing exercise, google map and photography were important practical sessions for them.
At the end of the five days training, they were more confidence to take the responsibility of disaster and reconstruction reporting. Not only reporting, their presentation that had taken place at the end of the training session had proved that they had become able to prepare a complete story inserting related photographs, bites or video clips. Four groups had presented their stories on four different themes. The topics were:
(i) Situation of skilled victims who used to make baskets and other materials from bamboo. ( What are they doing now under the Tarpouline Camp ?)
(ii) Unmanaged Traffic in the street of district headquarter
(iii) Education of Victim Children in the camp
(iv) Health situation of victim children in the camp
Other issues they had identified during different training sessions were:

DSCN8963 Guiding group work
(i) Situation of earthquake victim especially Chepang Community
(ii) Use of government paid cash amount ( some misuse )
(iii) Deforestation
(iv) Health and education of children in the camps
(v) Health of women in the camp
(vi) Psychological situation of the members who lost their family members
(vii) Identification of real victims and relief distribution in relation to the increase of family members in the district
(viii) No reconstruction policy and guidelines
(ix) Support from NGO/INGOs ( Misuse, Not actually reached to the community)
(x) Impact to local people by the victims who are living in the tents near by the villages
(xi) Situation of old people in the remote village. (Young people shifted in the tents whereas old people did not like to leave their place. Old people are living alone without sufficient food and essential things in the villages.)
(xii) Issues of northern area (really destroyed) not covered by media. (Need to cover them)
(xiii) Water shortage ( dried up the water sources in Salyantar and other areas)
(xiv) Building material in the roads and difficulties for pedestrian and shopkeepers (impact in traffic in post disaster situation. Building materials are piled up in the street.)
(xv) Situation of skilled people who used to make baskets from bamboo material. ( What are they doing in the camp. Where did they come from?)
DSCN8862 writing exAchievements:
What the participants learned from the five days training?
“After the training, I learned different tools to prepare post disaster news. Journalists can play important role to save people and property, if they report before the disaster. I also learned important tips of photography. We must follow the story of 10 cs. (Commitment, Consensus, Coordination, Cooperation, Communication, Community oriented, Common fund, Capacity building, Care for future & Continuity)”- Shiva Raj Acharya.
“This training provided me the importance of professional journalism. Journalists should be careful for their safety during disaster reporting. I also learned simple but very important skill to take photographs from camera or mobile” – Kabita Koirala
” I have learned in depth about disaster reporting.” Sarita Nepali
“I am a TV reporter. I now learned about why does a young journalist need to be capable to use multimedia to be a good journalist. I also learned different types of disasters that might occur at any time in Nepal.” Rita Lamsal
” I have learned about the basic concept of google map, blog and photography. I also got an idea to write news.” Ranjana Thapa Magar
Brief inaugural and closing sessions were held in the first and last day of the training. The Local Development Officer, Laxman Bikram Thapa had inaugurated the five days training. At both sessions, senior journalists of the districts, Chief of different media houses were also present. IMG_4858 Girls
On behalf of NMDC, FNJ and the U.S. Embassy, Mr. Bishnu P Sharma (Executive Director, NMDC) had welcomed the participants and guests and had highlighted the theme, contents and methodology of the five days training. President of FNJ Dhading Nabaraj Chhatkuli had chaired both sessions. Guests and trainers had distributed the participation certificates.
In the training, Chief trainer and senior journalists Shreeram Singh Basnet, and trainer Saurav Dhakal, had facilitated. Other resource persons were Laxman Bikram Thapa, Bishnu P Sharma and Nava Raj Chhatkuli. IMG_5127 certificate dist
It was the first training of the year 2014-2015 (Fifth Phase) focused on disaster reporting and reconstruction organized in association with the U.S. Embassy, Kathmandu.
In first phase 2010-2011, NMDC had organized trainings in Doti, Parbat, Dolakha, and Panchthar districts focusing to women journalists. Similarly, in second phase year 2011-2012 remote districts such as Humla, Gulmi and Rasuwa were covered.
And, in third phase 2012-2013 trainings were conducted in Rolpa, Dolpa and Bhojpur. Districts Udayapur, Jumla and Salyan were selected for 2013-14.
NMDC is the pioneer media training organization of Nepal. Training organized at Dhading was the 86th training organized in 66th out of 75 district of Nepal. In total, 2119 (908 female) participants have participated in the training of NMDC. *

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