The Rural Visual Journalism Network (RVJN) consists of 30 rural journalists who are producing multimedia stories from districts in Bangladesh on governance, human rights and other related issues.
The aim of RVJN is to train over five years of the project (2011-2015) a network of 60 professional photographers, NGO workers and citizen journalists to produce multimedia (photography, video, text) stories from rural districts.
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.
Topics covered by the Rural Visual Journalist at present
• Environmental issues
• Gender issues
• Human Rights
• Cultural and religious festivals
RVJN is a component of the Press Freedom 2.0 programme in Bangladesh and is an initiative of Drik supported by World Press Photo which is designed to address specific issues faced by media and rural citizens.
The current geographical locations of the correspondents.
The programme takes into account factors such as high illiteracy rates; the fact that rural communities in Bangladesh have less access to information sources; and the dramatic rise of penetration of radio, mobile phone usage and TV. The disadvantaged representation of women and children in the media sector and the limited press freedom in the country remain a constant matter of concern, and will therefore be focus areas in the programme of Press Freedom 2.0. The use of quality visual media in Bangladesh, where literacy rates are low can be an effective tool as an alternative education.
Project Partner: World Press Photo (www.worldpressphoto.com)
Project Duration: 2011-2015