Supported By UNESCO/IPDC
Period: 2010 to 2011
The project was launched on 1st June 2010 in Khagarachari, Bandarban and Rangamati hill districts of Bangladesh. With the financial assistance of UNESCO/IPDC, News Network organised three, one-monthlong skill development training for local journalists in those districts’ headquarters. Objectives were to improve their professional ability and understanding.
It was first of its kind training in Hilly regions. Reputed senior journalists’ trainers and experts conducted the courses. Total 60 local journalists, working for regional and national news media took part in the programme. They found the training was very much effective and useful to them. Apart from developing reporting skill they were sensitized on various issues like; ethics of journalism, professional and social duties and responsibilities, human right, gender equality, global warming and climate change, combating violence against women and the role journalists to promote peace and tolerance. The programme was highly appreciated by the local administration, media houses, journalists’ union leaders and CSOs.
The trained journalists are doing far better than earlier. They are now more confident, skilled and careful to their professional duties and responsibilities. The project ended in May 2011.