Basic journalism training for ethnic youths | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, October 23, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 23, 2008

Basic journalism training for ethnic youths

A three-day basic journalism training for ethnic youths began at Kamalganj in Moulvibazar yesterday with an aim to ensure their representation in the media and facilitate better coverage of the ethnic groups in the mainstream media, says a press release.
Management and Resources Development Initiative (MRDI) organised the programme under a project titled 'Bridging media and ethnicity' in cooperation with the delegation of the European Commission to Bangladesh.
The overall goal of the project is to mainstream ethnic communities through nurturing a culture of human rights and promoting equality, tolerance and peace.
A total of 22 youths from different ethnic groups in the district are taking part in the training conducted by Qurratul-Ain-Tahmina, freelance journalist, Sharier Khan, deputy editor of The Daily Star, and Shahana Huda, media and communications manager of Manusher Jonno Foundation.
Through the training, four participants will be selected for a six-month journalism internship programme in two local newspapers -- daily Sylheter Dak and daily Shyamal Sylhet.
The project has been undertaken after an assessment that shows representation of ethnic people in the media houses is at a minimum level. It also revealed that the media tends to portray merely cultural activities of the ethnic people rather than focusing on the state of their human rights.
Kamalganj Press Club President Shubroto Debroy Sanjay inaugurated the training programme where MRDI Executive Director Hasibur Rahman and senior reporter of daily Jugantor Sangram Singha, also Sylhet coordinator of MRDI, were also present.

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