“Everyone wants to be a journalist today, but not everyone can”


Representative photo of Bangladeshi news channels Syed Zakir Hossain / Dhaka Tribune

DW Akademie Local Media Hub scholarship kicks off with 28 Bangladeshi students

Twenty-eight of the brightest journalism students from nine public universities across the country came together virtually this Friday to participate in a two-year scholarship that promises to turn their career aspirations into a bright future.

Speaking to students at the Local Media Hub Fellowship: Induction Workshop organized via Zoom, renowned Bangladeshi journalist Khaled Muhiuddin, currently editor-in-chief of the Bangla service of the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle, said: “Everyone world wants to be a journalist today; but not everyone can. Ultimately, the role of a journalist is that of a watchdog, and it is a difficult task. It’s good to see that so many of you are willing to endure the pain of being a journalist. “

DW Akademie, the media development wing of Deutsche Welle, launched the Local Media Hub Fellowship in Bangladesh earlier this year, to train and equip the country’s journalism students with the skills to become a ‘full journalist’ who can contribute independently of their own localities. for mainstream media.

Applications were invited from sophomore journalism students at all public universities where the course was offered, and 28 were awarded the scholarship after a rigorous selection process. The Friday “Initiation Workshop” was the fraternity’s first activity.

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Over the next two years, fellows will train and practice various journalism skills and techniques under the guidance of top domestic and foreign journalists and trainers, and contribute through multiple formats for mainstream media and the company’s own portals. their university.

Priya Esselborn, Program Director (Bangladesh) at the DW Akademie; its senior consultant Lutfa Ahmed; the head of Bhumi radio station, Shams Suman; and DW Bangla Service reporter Arafatul Islam also spoke at the workshop.

DW Akademie has been working in Bangladesh since 2014 with the aim of improving the teaching and practice of journalism in the country in order to strengthen the free media in the country.

They have worked with public universities to reform journalism curricula, developed the capacities of community radio journalists, facilitated internships in leading newsrooms for journalism graduates, developed an online course for practicing journalists and citizens with advocates of freedom of expression Article 19, organized three networking conferences that bring together educators and professionals to discuss issues of journalism, and organized numerous professional training sessions with university professors, journalists, students and the main media in the country.

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