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To facilitate in creating an enabling environment for the young women to be enrolled in the media and journalism to develop as professional community media journalists

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ENCOURAGE

To encourage more young skilled women to be enrolled in the media to work for the development of rural communities.A total of 35 young women from Dalits and unprivileged community in 16 community Radio Stations were awarded for 3rd batch fellowship program starting from March 2015.

Activity

Activity

The fellows prepare and produce news/reports/feature/case study/human profile. They broadcast these reports and features through radio and publish in local newspapers.

Our mission & vision

Vision
Rural youth women work professionally in media and journalism, in an enabling environment where issues of vulnerable community is adequately addressed and reflected.
Mission
Youth Women will be enrolled in the media and journalism to develop as professional community media journalists and work for the development of rural communities by engaging them in Fellowship Program.

Fellowship 6th Batch

Fellowship for Youth Women in Community Media and Journalism

1 June to 31 August 2017

13 youth women and 5 youth men from dalit and ethnic community

Objectives:

  • To encourage more dalit youth and youth women to be enrolled in the media and journalism to work for the development of rural communities
  • To facilitate and contribute in creating an enabling environment for the dalit youth and youth women to develop as professional community media journalist

In the 6th batch of fellowship 18 Community media fellows were selected from 11 community radio station broadcasting area in 11 districts of the country. The districts covered under the , project were – Rajshahi, Borguna, Moulvibazar, Bogra, Chapai Nowabgonj, Kurigram, Khulna, Munsiganj, Naogaon, Bhola and Gaibandha

The duration of 6th batch of fellowship was 1st June to 31 August 2017. The dalit youth and youth women fellows, aged between 16 and 28

They will do the following:

  • Prepare/produce 04 news bulletin/case study/life sketch in a month (1 per week)
  • Publish one article/interview /feature/spot report (with supporting photographs) in local newspaper(1 per month)
  • The fellows will involve to inspire the marginalized people to get the available Govt. service and supports by lobbying with local Govt. and  administration and public representative.

Fellowship 5th Batch

Fellowship for Youth Women in Community Media and Journalism

1 October to 31 December 2016

16 youth women from dalit and ethnic community

Objectives:

  • To encourage more dalit youth women to be enrolled in the media and journalism to work for the development of rural communities
  • To facilitate and contribute in creating an enabling environment for the dalit youth women to develop as professional community media journalist

In the 5th batch of fellowship 16 Community media fellows were selected from 9 community radio station broadcasting area in 8 districts of the country. The districts covered under the , project were – Rajshahi, Borguna, Chapai Nowabgonj, Kurigram, Jhenaidah, Munsiganj, Noakhali and Gaibandha

The duration of 5th batch of fellowship was 1st October to 31 December 2016. The dalit youth women fellows, aged between 18 and 30, prior to joining their responsibilities in community radio broadcasting programmes and feature writing in local newspapers, were exposed to customised media training to strengthen understanding on reporting, news and script writing and editing .Later they have started reporting and producing programs and articles under the supervision of mentor. They have done the following:

  • Prepare/produce 04 news bulletin/case study/life sketch in a month (1 per week)
  • Publish one article/interview /feature/spot report (with supporting photographs) in local newspaper(1 per month)
  • They (16 fellows of 5th batch) broadcasted altogether 192 audio programs and prepared around 48 reports for local newspaper within 3 months duration of the fellowship.
  • In pursuit of their fellowship program the youth women largely focused on messages to free the society from the traditional caste system, good practices in health for women and children, end early marriages, social discrimination, violence against women, promote education, establish human rights and give more voices to the marginalized people.
  • 10 fellows are continuing with Community Radio stations as assistant news producer and presenter voluntarily.

Fellowship 4th Batch

Fellowship for Youth Women in Community Media and Journalism

15th July to 14 October 2016

12 youth women from dalit and ethnic community

Objectives:

  • To encourage more dalit youth women to be enrolled in the media and journalism to work for the development of rural communities
  • To facilitate and contribute in creating an enabling environment for the dalit youth women to develop as professional community media journalist

In the 4th batch of fellowship 12 Community media fellows were selected from 8 community radio station broadcasting area in 8 districts of the country. The districts covered under the , project were –Borguna, Bogra, Chapai Nowabgonj, Jhenaidah, Cox’s bazar , Naogan, Bhola and Gaibandha

The duration of 4th batch of fellowship was 15th July to 14 October 2016. The dalit youth women fellows, aged between 18 and 30, prior to joining their responsibilities in community radio broadcasting programmes and feature writing in local newspapers, were exposed to customised media training to strengthen understanding on reporting, news and script writing and editing .Later they have started reporting and producing programs and articles under the supervision of mentor. They have done the following:

  • Prepare/produce 04 news bulletin/case study/life sketch in a month (1 per week)
  • Publish one article/interview /feature/spot report (with supporting photographs) in local newspaper(1 per month)
  • They (12 fellows of 4th batch) broadcasted altogether 144 audio programs and prepared around 36 reports for local newspaper within 3 months duration of the fellowship.
  • In pursuit of their fellowship program the youth women largely focused on messages to free the society from the traditional caste system, good practices in health for women and children, end early marriages, social discrimination, violence against women, promote education, establish human rights and give more voices to the marginalized people.
  • All of 12 fellows are continuing with Community Radio stations as assistant news producer and presenter voluntarily.

Fellowship 3rd Batch

Fellowship for Youth Women in Community Media and Journalism

1st March to 30 June 2015

35 youth women from dalit and ethnic community

Objectives:

  • To encourage more dalit youth women to be enrolled in the media and journalism to work for the development of rural communities
  • To facilitate and contribute in creating an enabling environment for the dalit youth women to develop as professional community media journalist

In the 3rd batch of Fellowship 35 Community media fellows were selected from 15 community radio stations broadcasting area in 16 districts of the country. The districts covered under the , project were –Rajshahi ,Satkhira, Borguna, Chittagong, Bogra, Chapai Nowabgonj, Kurigram, Jhenaidah, Cox’s bazar , Khulna, Munshigonj, Naogan, Bhola and Nowakhali.

It was started on 1st March and continued till 30 June 2015. During this 4-month fellowship program the fellows received day long orientation workshop at Station level. Later they have started reporting and producing programs and articles under the supervision of mentor. They have done the following:

  • Prepare/produce 04 news bulletin/case study/life sketch in a month (1 per week)
  • Publish one article/interview /feature/spot report (with supporting photographs) in local newspaper(1 per month)
  • They (35 fellows of 3rd batch) broadcasted altogether 560 audio programs and written around 140 reports for local newspaper within 4-month duration of the fellowship.
  • In pursuit of their fellowship program the youth women largely focused on messages to free the society from the traditional caste system, good practices in health for women and children, end early marriages, social discrimination, violence against women, promote education, establish human rights and give more voices to the marginalized people.
  • The youth women fellows form dalit and unprivileged community have earned prestige and recognition in the rural community through this program.

‘When I worked at Radio Padma’s office room with a separate computer then felt I am a part of this office! It’s a dreamed to me. At least one media organization owned me where the society abhorrence us. I am really grateful to fellowship program’- Aduri Mardi, fellow of 3rd batch of Radio Padma

“I have no worry that I am poor or my cast identity but humiliation is very painful to me. My confidence level has been raised through working with fellowship program. I can talk to any people now, can interact with anyone. Man pays their regards for me. My institutional education and educational qualification could not give me what I have gained through 4-month fellowship program. I express my gratitude for BNNRC for the opportunity it has created for me. It has changed my life’’.- Sumitra Munda, fellow of 3rd batch at Radio Sundarban

  • 12 out of the 35 fellows are still continuing with Community Radio stations as news and program producer, reporter and presenter.
  • Monira Alam Mimi the fellow of 3rd batch achieved the 3rd position of “Community Radio Video Challenge (CRVC)-2015 “award in a short film competition introduced for the first time in Bangladesh by Commonwealth Educational Media Center for Asia (CEMCA). The theme of the completion was: Community Radio: Citizens’ voices: Empowering Societies.
  • The Fellowship for youth women in Media and Journalism program was awarded UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) prize 2016 in a global competition on digital innovation organized by ITU. The World Summit on the Information Society Forum presented the award on May 3 as part of the WSIS Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.

Fellowship 2nd Batch

Fellowship for youth women in community media

1st July To 31st December2014

11 youth women including two from dalit and ethnic community

Objectives:

  • To encourage more young skilled women to be enrolled in the media and journalism to work for the development of rural communities
  • To facilitate and contribute in creating an enabling environment for the young women to develop as professional community media journalist

In the second batch of Fellowship 11 Community media fellows were selected from 09 districts of the country. The districts covered under the project were – Rajshahi, Satkhira, Barguna, Chapai Nawabgonj, Kurigram, Jhenidah, Khulna, Cox’s bazar, Naogaon.

It was started on 1st July To continued till 31st December2014. During this 6-month fellowship program the fellows received 3-day long orientation workshop in Dhaka. Later they have started reporting and producing programs and articles under the supervision of mentor. They have done the following:

  • Prepare/produce 04 news bulletin/case study/life sketch in a month (1 per week)
  • Publish one article/interview /feature/spot report (with supporting photographs) in local newspaper(1 per month)
  • They (11 fellows of 2nd batch) broadcasted altogether 264 audio programs and prepared 66 reports for local newspaper within 6 months duration of the fellowship.
  • They covered the issues like education of women and children, their access, female empowerment, health, child marriage, reproductive health, ethnic and dalits news and some success story. These reflected the present situation of the disadvantaged community, especially present lives of rural women and children.
  • Through this program the fellows have developed their personal and professional skills. They are now able to collect information, take vox-pop and interview, computer compose, write and edit script, News & Program presentation, program production, handle recorder, camera and mixer machine etc.
  • 6 out of the 11 fellows are still continuing with Community Radio stations as news and program producer, reporter, joint news editor and presenter.
  • Humaira Parvin Hena the fellow of 2nd batch achieved the 3rd position in Radio Category (above 18 years)for broadcasting an investigative report titled: “The live standard of Harijon Child’ during the 11th Meena Media Award 2015 by UNICEF Bangladesh for her outstanding contribution in championing child rights. Now she is working at radio Chilmari as Joint News Editor .

Fellowship 1st Batch

Fellowship for young Women in Media and Journalism

24 December 2013 to 24 March 2014

12 youth women including one from ethnic community

Objectives:

  • To encourage more young skilled women to be enrolled in the media and journalism to work for the development of rural communities
  • To facilitate and contribute in creating an enabling environment for the young women to develop as professional community media journalist

In the first batch of Fellowship 12 Community media fellows were selected from 11 districts of the country. The districts covered under the project were – Rajshahi, Satkhira, Barguna, Chittagong, Chapai Nawabgonj, Kurigram, Jhenidah, Khulna, Cox’s bazar, Munshiganj and Naogaon. It was started on 24 December 2013 and continued till 23 March 2014. During this 3-month fellowship program the fellows received training. Later they have started reporting and producing programs and articles under the supervision of mentor. They have done the following:

  • Prepare/produce 04 news bulletin/case study/life sketch in a month (1 per week)
  • Publish one article/interview /feature/spot report (with supporting photographs) in local newspaper(1 per month)
  • They (12 fellows of 1st batch) broadcasted altogether 144 audio programs and prepared 36 reports for local newspaper must of the reports were published.
  • Those reports reflected the problems and everyday life of women children and disadvantage group and brought to the attention of authorities and communities.
  • Through this program the fellows have developed their personal and professional skills. They are now able to collect information, take vox-pop and interview, computer compose, write and edit script, News & Program presentation, program production, handle recorder, camera and mixer machine etc.
  • The reports of the fellows bring many important issues and problems to light, acts as inspiration and empowerment and finally helps change and challenge social taboos and patterns that prevent women from flourishing and actively contributing to the overall development of their community, their village and the country.
  • During fellowship I made reports on women and children being affected by drinking water and sanitation problems, wage discrimination of women workers, education system of the Munda (an ethnic community) community, the poor condition of the river Kopotakkho, and forest children. The reports, when broadcast on radio, created a stir among listeners. People from remote areas came to the radio station just to meet me.’ –Anamika Dhanuki, fellow, Radio Sunderban.
  • ‘I was born and brought up in a family plagued with religious bigotry and superstitions. No women before me here had stepped out of the house, let alone have a job. Coming back from that family, I am a journalist today; it’s like a dream.-Shahrina Sultana Jui, fellow, Borendro Radio
  • “Change will only happen when women come forward, speak up and acquire and disseminate knowledge”, says the 26-year old Nusrat from Radio Lokobetar.
  • “For the women in my village, I am the voice of their sorrow and their happiness, I have forever changed my life perspective and hope to change theirs as well”, adds the 24-year old Sanjita from Radio Bikrampur.
  • 5 out of the 12 fellows are still continuing with Community Radio stations as news producer, reporter, news room editor and presenter.
  • Baishakhy Khatun, the fellow of 1st batch achieved the 1st position in Radio Category (under 18) for broadcasting an investigative report titled: “The children of ASRAYAN (the govt. shelter village) program found less interested to come to the school” during the 10th Meena Media Award 2014 by UNICEF Bangladesh for her outstanding contribution in championing child rights. Now she is working in Bangladesh Betar as news presenter.
  • Radio Jhenuk did not have any news-based programs. A program called ‘Jhenuker Darpan’ (Mirror of Jhenuk) was started with Baishakhy’s reports and features. Still now Jhenuker Darpan is a very popular program of Radio Jhenuk.
  • `When the fellow of Borendra Radio Shahrina Sultana Jui’s first report ‘Current condition of the district shishu sadan’ was on air in the evening news bulletin, Naogaon’s District Commissioner is on a visit to Radio Borendra. Aside from asking questions on various matters, he was closely listening to the bulletin. While everyone was nervous because it was a novice reporter’s report, that too about a negative aspect of the government. But to everyone’s surprise, the commissioner thanked the reporter and within a month all the mismanagement of the shishu sadan were resolved by the coordination of district commissioner’

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