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2nd Safety and Fact-checking Training Organized Comments

Nepal Investigative Multimedia Journalism Network (NIMJN) organized the second three days "Safety and Fact-checking Training for Nepali Investigative Journalists" from September 21 to 23, 2020.

 

In the three days long virtual training, national and international journalists and experts trained journalists on safety, stress management, fact-checking, online multimedia tools, collaborative, investigative, and accountability reporting.

 

A total of 25 participants (9 female and 16 male) affiliated with various media outlets from 18 districts participated in the training. Journalists participated from Bajhang, Banke, Bhaktapur, Dang, Doti, Ilam, Jhapa, Kavrepalanchok, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Mohattari, Nuwakot, Palpa, Panchthar, Pyuthan, Rupandehi, Sindhuli, Surkhet districts using zoom, a virtual video conferencing platform.

 

 

Dr. Navindra Raj Bista, M.D., assistant professor of Tribhuvan University, spoke on the safety of journalists during COVID-19, and senior journalist/ writer Hari Bahadur Thapa discussed on the investigative reporting issues while reporting COVID-19. Amantha Perera, Asia-Pacific Coordinator for the DART Center for Journalism and Trauma talked about self-care for journalists. Prof. Dr. Umesh Arya, a senior trainer from the Google News Initiative India Training Network, discussed various approaches and methods of Fact-checking using the easily available tools. Vikrant Pandey, founder, Fight Back Nepal, discussed the importance of situational awareness while doing investigative stories during the pandemic. Dwarika Nath Dhungel, Ph.d., Former Secretary, Government of Nepal spoke on National Agenda and Accountability Reporting.

 

In this training, NIMJN’s chief editor Rajneesh Bhandari trained participants on the available online multimedia tools that journalists could use while reporting the pandemic and on the importance of collaborative reporting. As a part of the training, a mini anapana meditation- an introductory session to Vipassana will also be organized for journalists.

 

"We want to make it beneficial and useful for investigative journalists who are working during this COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal," Bhandari said at the closing of the training. 

 

NIMJN’s Safety and Fact-checking program is supported by Humanity United.

Feedback from participants:

"My friend suggested me to apply for this training, but I was not sure if I would be selected because it was only for 20 journalists. The "Safety for Journalists during COVID-19" session provided lots of information about COVID-19 and the safety measures, and I have started to inform my friends and neighbors about the safety protocols. "Fact-checking: approaches and methods" session will support us in our daily reporting. I found the situational awareness session so much important for investigative journalists. The requested extra session of video editing was helpful. Further, we need advanced training in multimedia journalism. " – Sabitri Basnet, Nagarikpost.com, Kathmandu

 

"Frankly speaking, this was the first long virtual training that I attended. I found this training as a complete package. It included health and safety, stress management, collaborative investigative reporting, Vipassana, and accountability analysis of the government. I learned many new things and enjoyed the overall training. I am also interested in a ten days Vipassana course because it will support journalists to manage stress." – Rakesh Prasad Chaudhary, Jaleshwor Today, Mohattari

 

"The entire training was fruitful and I participated full time. The stress management and collaborative investigative reporting sessions were more interesting for me. The national and international speakers were excellent.” – Bikram Khadka, Buddha Community Television, Rupandehi

 

“This training exceeded my expectation. My working district Jhapa is near the India border, it was difficult to maintain the social distance while reporting COVID-19, and this training taught the tools and techniques of safety and maintaining social distance. The fact-checking session was so useful. Online multimedia tools and techniques of collaborative reporting were new to me. I would like to attend mobile journalism training in the future." – Chiranjivi Ghimire B.K., Naya Patrika Daily, Jhapa

 

Participants of the training:

 

 

S.N.

Last Name

First Name

Gender

Address

Media Outlet

1

Adhikari

Ranjita

Female

Ghorahi, Dang

Naya Yugbodh

2

Basnet

Sabitri

Female

Kathmandu

Nagarikpost.com

3

Bhandari

Laxmi

Female

Surkhet

National News Agency

4

Budhathoki

Radhika

Female

Sindhuli

Radio Siddhababa/ Himalayan Times

5

B.K

Prem Bahadur

Male

Banke

Radio Morning Star

6

Chaudhary

Rakesh Prasad

Male

Mohattari, Jaleshwor

Jaleshwor Today

7

Devkota

Sanjita

Female

Lalitpur

Ujjwalo Online

8

Dhakal

Tanka

Male

Lalitpur

Deshsanchar.com

9

Ghimire

Keshab

Male

Kathmandu

Nepallive.com

10

Ghimire B.K

Chiranjivi

Male

Jhapa

Naya Patrika Daily

11

Guragain

Madhusudhan

Male

Panauti, Kavere

Nagarik Daily

12

Khadka

Bikram

Male

Rupandehi

Budha Community Television

13

Lamsal

Himal

Male

Palpa

Nagarik Daily

14

Neupane

Santosh

Male

Kathmandu

Nepalkhabar.com

15

Pahadi

Prajwol

Male

Pyuthan

Karobar National

16

Pangeni

Rudra

Male

Kathmandu

Centre for Investigative Journalism Nepal

17

Pulami Magar

Krinjala

Female

Sindhuli

Karobar Daily

18

Rai

Bidhya

Female

Kathmandu

Kantipur Daily

19

Regmi

Sarala

Female

Panchthar

Radio BSC

20

Shrestha

Sunil

Male

Nuwakot

Dabalikhabar.com

21

Shrestha

Sushil

Male

Pyuthan

Gorkha Daily

22

Sinal

Dhirendra

Male

Kathmandu

Freelancer

23

Singh

Basanta Pratap

Male

Bajhang

Kantipur Publication

24

Singh

Dil Bahadur

Male

Doti

Gorkhapatra Daily

25

Sunuwar

Sujata

Female

Ilam

Ujyaaloonline

 

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