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Drik Wins Manthan Award for the “Rural Visual Journalism Network”

Drik Wins Manthan Award for the “Rural Visual Journalism Network”

Muhammad Aminuzzaman of DrikNews receiving the Manthan Award in the category E-NEWS and MEDIA. 2nd December 2012. Delhi. INDIA

Dhaka, 3 December 2012: Drik celebrates its win in the Manthan Award 2012 for the innovative Rural Visual Journalism Network (RVJN), an initiative that trains district correspondents to use Apple iPod Touch technology to produce multimedia stories from rural Bangladesh. The RVJN Project Manager, Muhammad Aminuzzaman, accepted the award in the “e-news and media” category, at a gala ceremony in the Habitat Centre in New Delhi, India on 1 December 2012.

Manthan Award is an initiative in India to recognize the best practices to promote digital content creativity in South Asian and Asia Pacific nation states for development. There were overall 33 winners in 16 categories, selected from 470 entries submitted by organisations in 36 countries to this competition.

RVJN has currently trained thirty journalists using the new technology and uses it imaginatively to rewrite old issues faced by media and give voice to rural citizens of Bangladesh. The Network focuses on the disadvantaged representation of women and children in the media sector and generating employment for the district correspondence through sales of the multimedia stories. The topics currently covered include environmental issues, governance, gender issues, human rights, cultural and religious festivals, and livelihood. Over the next three years the trained correspondents are expected to produce multimedia (photography, video, text) stories from the 64 districts of Bangladesh. The stories are distributed by DrikNews.

The training course is an intensive, comprehensive multimedia workshop. The course includes an introduction to the iPod touch, the main device for producing and editing the multimedia visuals, basic video skills, basic audio skills combined with journalism, and news-reporting techniques.

RVJN is a component of the Press Freedom 2.0 programme in Bangladesh and is supported by the World Press Photo. http://www.worldpressphoto.org/news/rural-visual-journalism-network-launched-bangladesh 

For Rural Stories from RVJN:  www.driknew.com/site/rvjn



Contact:  Chulie de Silva, Communications Manager;

Email:chulie@drik.net; Tel: +880 1927 122 141

Kamal Hossain, Network Coordinator:

Email: kamal@drik.net; Tel: +880 1712 095 729


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