Daily Dhaka Times: Roots Bangla and it’s associate CARE Bangladesh has given fellowship as roots journalists to 9 students from 6 universities and three honorary citizens. Information Technologist Mustafa Jabbar, Sohrab Hassan, Assistant Editor, Daily Prothom Alo and Murad Bin Aziz, CARE Bangladesh graced that program at Bishwo Sahityo Kendro in Dhaka last Wednesday.
Along with them, Zakiya Akhter, Chief Operation Officer, Roots Bangla, members from Fellow Selection Panel Senior Journalist Debdulal Munna and Arshad Ahmed Siddique from CARE Bangladesh; and Newsroom Editor Murshiduzzaman Himu from Jamuna TV also presented in the program.
Speakers in the program told, “Desh Gori’ the citizen journalism initiative from Roots Bangla is contributing significantly in creating a society with conscious citizen and presenting news from roots level with a new dimension.
General people including university student of the country are doing a kind of journalism through the social media using their smart phones. However, when world is questioning about the reliability and acceptance of journalism, that period of time, Roots Bangla is working with a new dimension of Citizen Journalism through making specific policy and trainings on journalism.
Desh Gori, www.deshgori.net is the platform for this new dimension named Roots Journalism. Roots Bangla will keep working on various activities for citizens to be attached with this platform. More opportunites will developed for general citizens to do their own journalism. Keeping this goal in mind, Roots Bangla has long term plan to develop network in whole country.
Before this Roots Bangla has trained 665 students from six universities under “Desh Gori” program to contribute in the development of own living and working locations and of the country consciously. 75 of them got advanced training for more skill. Among them nine (9) has been given this “Roots Journalist Fellowship”. More actions will be taken to expand this program to universities all over the country.
These fellows will send six issue based reports and two interviews focusing problem, solution and action for the development of different areas/fields of the country. These fellows will keep regular contact with Desh Gori Team, local citizens and representatives to improve their skills and to make the report acceptant.
After completing the fellowship period, these fellows will continue their role to develop conscious citizens and to take initiative in problem solving activities through creating “Forums” in their own localities under Desh Gori project. These fellows will lead development based social and political cultures with the assistance of all citizens. That is the primary mandate of this program.