22 – 26 September 2015 (05 – 09 Asoj 2072)
National Media Development Center (NMDC) organized five days journalism training on Reporting Disaster & Reconstruction in Banepa, Kavrepalanchowk. Twenty (20) working young reporters including 3 girls actively participated in training and gained practical disaster and reconstruction reporting knowledge.
All participant reporters were from FM radio stations, daily and weekly newspapers and TV Channels.
In the five days sessions, they had gained theoretical knowledge for reporting disaster, pre-disaster, during disaster, post disaster and reconstruction, disaster policy, reconstruction policy and technical idea about multimedia use. Other topics included were: 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? Do the reporters have basic knowledge on the use of multimedia?
In this training, they also gained practical skill on the use of Google mapmaker, photography and video. They engaged actively in practical sessions. The sessions mainly were- group field reporting, discussions on several issues, presentations on different topics, writing news on disaster and rebuilding, issue identification, sketching maps, visit Google mapmaker and insert their own village in Google map, photography, and taking video clips for the preparation of news stories.
Group work, field reporting, news writing, issue identification and Google map and photography were important practical sessions for them.
For some participants, the training became inspiring to sharpen their reporting skill. To the senior participants, it refreshed them. At the end of the five days training, they were more confidence to take the responsibility of disaster and reconstruction reporting. They became able to identify several post disaster issues that were not raised before. The field reporting assignment encouraged them that ‘reporting should be based on facts.’ Four groups had presented their stories on four different themes. The topics were:
|Group||Name of Participants||Topic|
|A.||Madhusudhan Timilsina, Santosh Dahal Sarmila Giri, Desh Bhakta Lama
|No place Available to store new harvest (rice, millet, maize)
|B.||Ashok Mahat, Samjhana umagain, Shreeram K.C., Devraj K.C.,||Disappearing/ Children and Women during and post earthquake
|C.||Rajkumar Gole, Pramila Sharma, Saroj Adhikari, Hari Neupane||Victims did not get announced relief amount of death (Kiriya Kharcha)
|D.||Ramesh Neupane, Kapil Koirala, Rajaram Gautam||Situation of Damaged Public School Building:|
Other issues they had identified during training sessions were:
- Remote villages where the relief still is not distributed,
- Drinking water shortage in the earthquake hit villages,
- Diseases: post disaster
- Rape and violence
- Misuse of relief and fake households creation,
- Lack of medicine,
- Psychological treatment to children and pregnant women,
- Victim’s situation of the remote villages of Dandapari,
- Use and misuse of the support provided by the NGOs & INGOs in relief distribution, and reconstruction.
- Impact on education
- Policy to build houses, and procedures of soft loan,
- Red stick to undamaged govt. school and green stick to damaged/cracked private boarding school,
- No skill, no suggestions & ideas to rebuild houses and public buildings,
- Inactive government wings in reconstruction matters,
- Health facilities to old aged and women,
- High risk sectors- Bolde Fidiche VDC in high risk,
- Crosser industry and its impact
- Chatyang pidit
- Flood in Dolaldghat
- Health situation of pregnant women,
- Need of sanitary papd,
- Effect of facked junk food,
- Profile of victims who lost their beloved family members,
- Panauti Banepa road,
- Irregularities, blackmailing, black-marketing,
- Disappearing of women and children in the villages.
What the participants learned from the five days training?
- We knew different types of tools and knowledge that are essential for disaster reporting. Journalists should have correct information for disaster reporting.
- Journalists should verify collected information before broadcasting/printing news.
- We learned basic skills to make an attractive protographs and we also knew about Google Mapmaker,
- “I learned several steps of disaster and reconstruction reporting. I also became able to insert locations in the Google Map, using Google Mapmaker.” Hari Neupane
- “We have learned several skills from this training. We have gained several ideas about writing news during disaster and reconstruction period, ” Pramila Sharma.
- Issues discussed were common. But, we had not paid attention. This training inspired us to pay attentions on key points such as code of ethics. collecting maximum information, verification, and impact analysis.
- We became able to identify issues and write them on professional manner.
- Journalists are responsible to bring changes in the society. Journalism is social responsibility theory.
- I have learned many things from the training and I will use the learned skill writing several news in future. ( all taken from post training evaluation form)
Brief inaugural and closing sessions were held in the first and last day of the training. Chief District Officer Arjun Prasad Sharma had inaugurated the five days training. At both sessions, senior journalists of the districts, Chief of different media houses were present.
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 Kavre Narayan Sapkota had chaired both sessions. Chief Guests and senior journalists Prof. R.K. Regmee had distributed the participation certificates. At the end of the session, Executive Director had thanked U.S. Embassy Kathmandu for their support and FNJ Kavrepalanchowk for their coordination.
In the training, Chief trainer and senior journalists Prof. Ram Krishna Regmee, Badri Tiwari, and trainer Saurv Dhakal, had facilitated. Bhim Gautam and Bishnu P Sharma had also presented in the sessions.
It was the second training of the year 2014-2015 (Fifth Phase) focused on disaster reporting and reconstruction organized in association with the U.S. Embassy, Kathmandu. First training was organized in Dadhing in Sept 2015.
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 Kavrepalanchowk was the 87th training organized in 66th out of 75 district of Nepal. In total, 2139 (912 female) participants have participated in the training of NMDC. *