National Media Development Center (NMDC) Devoted for Rural Media Empowerment in Nepal


National Media Development Center (NMDC) established in February 2007 (B.S 2063.11.14) to help build the capacities of the provincial media and journalists in Nepal and developing countries is providing THEME based journalism trainings to media person working in rural districts.IMG_5127 certificate dist

The capacity of the district journalists and managerial skills of small media houses have to be strengthened in order to safeguard democracy, improve living standards and bring harmony and happiness in the society.

NMDC is fully dedicated for the institutionalization and promotion of free media as the foundation of democracy, pluralism and economic development. We trust that an independent and financially sustainable and professionally strong media can create a well-informed citizenry.

Specific Objective

The specific objective of NMDC is to provide support for the establishment of an independent, financially sustainable and professionally strong provincial media in Nepal and other developing world.




National Media Development Center has identified its mission as:

To promote and strengthen the district media;

  • To maintain constant vigilance in protecting the democratic system, rule of law, human rights and the guaranty of freedom of speech and the press;
  • To strengthen the local media through capacity building and small media management schemes;
  • To stimulate and motivate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism; and
  • To encourage local journalists to establish professional and independent media in the district where no media exists or  the media that are struggling to survive.
  • Areas of Work:

NMDC’s main working areas are: *Media Management Training, Journalism Training- Development Journalism, Public Health Journalism, Civic and Citizen Journalism, Remote District Focused Basic, Intermediate, Advanced Journalism and Social Media Trainings) Media Research and Publication *Media Policy Dialogue * Media Exchange. Currently our activities are centralized on Trainings.DSCN8434 Investigative reporting evaluation meeting

Glimpse of Training

NMDC, so far has organized 86 trainings in 66 districts on various themes to 2119 trainees representing from 74 out of 75 districts of Nepal. Among them, 1211 are male and 908 are female. Its trainee-network has reached to 74 districts.

Most of them are remote districts. It has organized trainings in all districts of Far-West Nepal. In Mid-west only Salyan and Jumla have remained. It has organized in Humla, Mugu, Kalikot, Dolpa, Jumla, Dailekh, Rukum, Rolpa, Myagdi, Parbat,Rauwa, Taplejung, Terhathum, Sankhuwasabha, Bhojpur, Khotang, Okhaldhunga etc. Major remote districts covered in Terai are: Saptari, Rautahat, Kapilbastu, Bardia, Banke, Dhangadi, Kanchanpur and Bara.

Rural Media Empowerment Program

NMDC’s 95% activities are district centered. NMDC focuses its programs for rural journalism giving high priority to professional, investigative and development reporting. On rural journalism component it provides five day– Basic, Intermediate, Social Media and Advanced Journalism Trainings. Rural media empowerment is the nerve of NMDC. It has reached in the most rural part of the country and began its first training from district. Altogether 1023 including 487 women of 40 districts have received this training. Training contributed the trainees mainly on: principles of journalism, news and source identification, confidence building, code of ethics, news writing tools, quality presentation and use of social media for information sharing.

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Pioneer of the Development of Public Health Journalism in Nepal

NMDC is the pioneer in providing Public Health Journalism Training in Nepal. The training opened the eyes of the journalists to identify different public health issues that were ignored and disregarded. After the training, news quality, presentation of verified information and health news coverage in local and national media have been increased. There was also high impact of the health news in the society. People especially rural illiterate women having severe health problems due to ignorance have reached health centers seeking treatment after listening news broadcasted by NMDC trainees via local FM radio stations. In health alone, it provided five day training to 350 mid-career journalists including 144 women participating from 60 out of 75 districts of Nepal. NMDC had published bi-monthly Health Journalism Feature Bulletin and trainees were awarded health journalism Fellowship.

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Development Journalism

Political mission is fulfilled. People need food, health, education, access to travel and communication and not merely the boring political address. Media should frame and bring development issues. It is the need of nation. Impact oriented, inspiring positive angle based and development focused news should get priority

To address the need, NMDC, therefore started Development Journalism Training aiming to enhance the journalist’s skill on development reporting.  Several unveiled local development issues have been appeared in local media after the training. To date, it provided 5-day training to 231 journalists including 124 female participating from 53 districts.

Civic Journalism

Status of beliefs and social dignity is disappearing. Developing civic sense in the society through media and support to good governance and development is its main objective. NMDC has provided two-day civic journalism Training /Seminar to the journalist working in the districts.

It has organized 11 workshops in different districts and has provided training to 362 journalists including 91 women covering participants from 45 districts.

Reporting Disaster & Reconstruction:

NMDC has incorporated tools and tips for disaster reporting. It organized Disaster focused training in Parbat, Arghakhanchi & Dhading. There were 64  participants including 34 female.


Media Dialogue Workshop/Seminar

NMDC organizes national and international level seminar in Kathmandu.


Media Research & Publication and Media Exchange Program:

NMDC’s five year plan 2015-2019 has identified media research and publication and media visit programs as major activities second to trainings.


Working Partner

U.S. Embassy, Australian Embassy, Open Society Institute (OSI) London, (2008-2011), NFHP-II/USAID 2012, FES Nepal, Department of Information, Ministry of Information and Communication, Nepal, IPAS/Family Health Program (2011-12) etc.


Local Working Partner

Federation of Nepali Journalists, District Development Committee


Registration and Affiliation

Registered in District Administration Office Kathmandu with regd. number: 831/063

PAN Number: 252084109Affiliated with Social Welfare Council: 21835


NMDC Training at a Glance May 2007 to Sept 2015
SN Training Theme Male Female Total Number Trainings Covered Dist
1 Basic/Inter./Advanced 536 487 1023 40 54
2 Health 206 144 350 17 129
3 Development 107 124 231 11 53
4 Civic 271 91 362 11 45
5 Disaster 30 34 64 3 3
6 Diff. Themes 61 28 89 4 20
1211 908 2119 86
Parsa 66


Contact: Bishnu Prasad Sharma

Executive Director


Address: National Media Development Center (NMDC)

P.O.Box 8243, Kapan-3, Kathmandu, Nepal


Tel/Fax: 00977- 1- 4810838;

 Mob:      9841-  377083








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