Pathshala South Asian Media Academy launched | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, May 20, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 20, 2010

Pathshala South Asian Media Academy launched


Shahidul Alam speaks at the programme (left); Riz Khan speaks to the audience through videoconference. Photo Courtesy: Habibul Haque

Pathshala South Asian Media Academy (formerly Pathshala South Asian Institute of Photography) was launched through a programme on May 18. The event was held at the auditorium of Goethe-Institut Bangladesh (GIB), Dhanmondi, in Dhaka. From now on the Academy will provide professional training in broadcasting, print and multimedia journalism.
The academy will provide quality training to journalists and media professionals in cooperation with the GIB.
Professor A.A.M.S. Arefin Siddique, Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University, inaugurated the academy as the chief guest. World-renowned journalist Riz Khan [of Al Jazeera] spoke to the guests and audience in Dhaka through videoconference.
Among others, Principal of Pathshala, Shahidul Alam; director of GIB, Angela Grünert and veteran theatre personality and CEO of Rtv M. Hamid spoke at the programme. Arnob Chakrabarty, head of training at the Media Academy, hosted the inaugural programme.
The Media Academy is an extension of Pathshala, South Asian Institute of Photography. Since opening in 1998 as the educational wing of Drik Picture Library, Pathshala has become one of the leading photojournalism schools in South Asia.
Renowned Bangladeshi and international journalists, trainers will conduct classes at the Academy. Initially the Academy will run four module courses on Producing and Reporting, Camera, Video Editing and Multimedia Reporting. The core competencies of the modules include storytelling, visual language, media standards, research, reporting and teamwork.
The aim is to groom honest, courageous, energetic and skilled media professionals. At the programme, the organisers announced that an admission procedure is going on at present. The first courses are scheduled to begin in June.

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