Supported By USAID Progati Period: 2009 to 2010
Six-month skill development training on journalism for forty women journalists was the ultimate goal of this project, which was completed in time. They have received three month in-house training ad have completed another three-month internship in country’s major national print and electronic media. A group journalist trainers working for national and international media and experts conducted the training sessions. Eight â€˜experience sharing and motivating meeting’s were organised with renowned personalities of the country in order to enrich the fellow’s knowledge, outlook and level of confidence. The personals who gave their thoughts and ideas to the fellows were; Profeganised with renowned personalities of the country in order to enrich the fellow’s knowledge, outlook and level of confidence. The personals who gave their thoughts and ideas to the fellows were; Professor Muzafar Ahmad, former minister Dr. Mizanur Rahman Shelly, Selina Hossain, Dr. Maleka Begum, Rizwan Hasan, Barrister Manzoor Hasan, Monurul Ahsan Bulbul and Khushi Kabir. Afterwards fellows prepared seventy five items. These items were released to media for publication. News Network published two different books compiling these items titled “Tales of Millions, Part 1” & “Tales of Millions, Part 2”. The program focused on investigative journalism for combating corruption, considering the then corruption state of the country. Therefore, the fellows received much skill development training on the t echniques of conducting investigation, information gathering and report writing. About two third of the forty trained fellows by this time have taken journalism as their profession. A certificate giving ceremony was held at Dhaka on 8th December 2010. Chief Information commissioner former Ambassador Muhammad Zamir, Chief of Party of USAID Progati Hugh C. Orozco, Samakal Editor Golum Sarwar, CEO and Chief Editor of Boishakhi TV Mosurul Hasan Bulbul, Former BSS Editors Zaglul Ahmed Chowdhury, International President of Commonwealth Journalists Association(CJA) and former Editor of Daily Sun Hassan Shahriar, trainers and fellows, representatives from various organisation, including USAID Progati and a number of senior journalists of major news media houses were present in the occasion. Media people from newspapers, agencies and TV channels widely covered the event. Guests, participants and fellows highly appreciated the program and expressed their satisfaction and gratitude toward the program. They have also put forward a number of recommendations. Some of them are; 1. Continue the program and expand it to other divisions and important districts. 2. Introduce English language development courses 3. Convincing the media houses for recruiting more female journalists 4. Exchange program 5. Introduce advance training and female journalists leadership program.