Training on Reporting Disaster and Reconstruction
24-27 March 2016 (11 -14 Chait 2072), Palpa DAP/NMDC
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 focused 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.
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.
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.
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|
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|Training Conducted in 67 out of 75 districts of Nepal|