Training on Reporting Disaster and Reconstruction
15-18 March 2016 ( 02 – 05 Chait 2072) Dang DAP/NMDC
Summary: NMDC organized its 93nd journalism training in Ghorahi, Dang from 15 to 18 March 2016. DAP of the Australian Embassy had supported the four days long Disaster & Reconstruction focused training for working journalists of the region. FNJ Dang coordinated the training.
In the training, there were 19 energetic and young working journalists including 9 female participants from different media outlets. Most of the participants were from FM radio stations working in different 5 districts- Banke, Dang, Salyan, Pyuthan and Rukum. All participants were working reporters and had participated actively in the training. Reporters had learned about disaster, phases of disaster, tips for disaster and reconstruction reporting. Among the participants 7 were from print, 11 from FM radio, and 1 from TV Channel.
Chief Guest of the session Narayan Prasad Sharma thanking to the organizer and the Australian Embassy for bringing the training in Dang said, ” The main task of journalism is to make the people happy from pain. This is an art of journalist that leads the society toward creativity and positiveness. Main part of journalism is social development giving news by evaluating the development of society.” Highlighting on the need of reconstruction, he said, “Nepal is now in new phase of political development, so there should be overall reconstruction of the society- for that journalists can lead, and they should”. Informing the participants about trainer Prof. R.K. Regmee he said, ” Regmee is the mixture of self reliance and dignity.”
Special guest CDO of Dang district Dipak Kafle said, ” Knowledge, skill, good attitude and techonology are essential to be a good journalist. Training provides all these things in short period.”
Trainer Regmee addressing at the inaugural session said, “Emergency journalism is one of the major faculties of modern journalism. Nepal is sitting above disaster zone, so we seriously have to take emergency journalism as a major theme reporting. Journalists have to raise questions on reconstruction, bring issues of the people then steps of reconstruction starts. Reporting builds confidence”.
Trainer R. K. Regmee and Laxman Adhikari had facilitated the four days. Reporters had gained theoretical 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 the journalists should do and what not during disaster reporting? 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 disasters such as death of the citizen, damaged historical sites during the earthquake, reconstruction and policies. During training participants had written news on the basic of given information. Later, trainer had provided feedback on their works.
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. The effort of media builds awareness about possible disaster to the general people, the authorities and helps make them able to address on disaster.
After the training, around 100 percent participants had developed ‘Individual Work-plan’ for post training reporting. They have identified 23 disaster and reconstruction related issues for the reporting. NMDC has promised to make necessary follow-up, guidance if necessary and feedback on training outcome after reviewing their work.
Trainers Prof. R.K. Regmee, Laxman Adhikari had facilitated the training. NMDC as per its planning had also hired local resource persons from office of DDC and FNJ.
FNJ President of Dang branch Sudeep Gautam had chaired both sessions. Senior journalists, former Presidents of Dang, senior journalists of Dang were present at both sessions. All the guests including Sushil Gautam, Bipul Pokharel and Pratap Regmi wished for the success of the training and thanked the organizer and supporter bringing the training in Dang.
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 effortful and valuable contribution to make the program happen.
In total, 2254 (979-female) participants have participated in the training of NMDC including NMDC’s this 93th training.
Major Achievements of the training:
- Participants expressed their commitment to prepare regular news reports on disaster.