National Media Development Center (NMDC) in coordination with FNJ Sarlahi branch has organized fivedays Journalism Training Focused on Development Reporting. Department of Information, Ministry of Information and Communications had supported the program. It was 98th journalism training of NMDC. Together with Sarlahi, NMDC has organized its different theme based trainings in 70 out of 75 districts of Nepal. NMDC from its inception is devoted for the promotion of rural media in the country. So far, NMDC has provided different theme based trainings to 2346 participants. This training was organized from 02 -06 July 2016 (18 – 22 Asar 2073) at Lalbandi, Sarlahi.
Journalism training focused on development reporting gave high priority to working journalists. There were 19 participants including 12 women journalists working in 9 FM Radio Stations, online and newspapers.
Analyzing the need of the country, NMDC had designed this training to the working journalists focusing on development reporting. The training became fruitful to reporters and radio program presenters. For the first two days, the course covers the principles of basic journalism. Other contents included in the training were news identification, news writing, experience sharing, field reporting and presentation. The concept of development reporting and its need was also introduced from the beginning so that participants had become aware of identification of development issues at local level. Apart from principles of journalism and development journalism new media-Facebook, Flicker, Blog, Google search, Google mapmaker and code of conduct for the journalists were also discussed.
Discussion also took place that the journalists has to be updated with district information based on district profile.
Together with several class exercises, presentations and news writing practices, one field reporting assignment had provided a great practical knowledge to the reporters. They had told that the field reporting assignment had inspired and gave them a clear idea in collecting information and news writing.
Even in a short period of time, they had become able to recognize and identify issues and had also become able to write news in structure. They also have learned beat reporting such as tourism, development and economy. Participants have become familiar with the code of ethics for journalists.
Chief of Lalbandi municipality Shada Kumar Pokharel had jointly inaugurated the five-days training on 02 July 2016 at Lalbandi, Sarlahi. Inaugurating the session, Ranjit said, ” Special guest Shad kumar Pokhral Assistant Chief District Officer of Sarlahi inaugurating the training by reading the banner congratulated the participants to get benefit from the standard training organized for the first time in the district. He also asked the journalists to follow the code of conduct of journalists and encouraged them to give verified news.
Special guest and Joint Secretary of Department of Information Bishnu Bhakta Ranjit was also present at the insugural session. Addressing the session he said, journalists should be familiar with the rules and regulation related with media. They should take press card provided by the Department of Information. He also asked the journalists to be professional.
“Professional journalism has yet to be developed in the country though a long journey Nepali media has made. The role of the journalists should now be changed and it should lead by providing development issues”, addressing the session trainer Dr. Suresh Acharya said.
Vice-President of FNJ Sarlahi branch, Bishownath Thakur encouraging the participants said that the training is organized at the time of need in Sarlahi. He also said that local media have not so much paid attention on development issues. Expressing his expectation, he said this training will inspire the participants to raise development issues. He also thanked the organizer for bringing the valuable training in the district. It was the first development focused training organied in the district.
Bishnu Prasad Sharma, Executive Director of NMDC welcoming on behalf of organizer, supporter and coordinator highlighted the content, objective of the five days training. At that time, he briefly informed the rural district focused training programs organized by NMDC. Vice-president of FNJ Sarlahi branch Bishownath Thakur had chaired the inaugural session.
NMDC had evaluated the training through pre and post training questionnaires by involving trainees. The concept they mentioned in the firm had shown that the training was successful to transfer basic skill to the participants. They become able to identify local development issues.
At the end, a brief closing session had also been organized in participation with trainers, senior journalists, FNJ members and local journalists. Tank Chhetri had chaired the closing sessions.
Achievements of the training:
- Participants become able to identify issues and became able to write general news and news on development and economic issues,
- Participants realized that they should work and study hard to become a good reporter and,
- They learned that to be a professional reporter, they should be aware of code of ethics.
- Participants have promised to write regularly on potential touristic centers of Sarlahi