KATHMANDU, Sept 5: The Media Gufa 2014 kicked off amid a program at the Hotel Mandap, Thamel, in the capital on Friday, with five ‘tech savvy’ journalists from around the country confining themselves in a symbolic cave to write news stories using only the internet.
This is the fifth edition of the 72 hours media event held so far. The first edition was held in September 2012. The Media Gufa is an experiential reporting event for journalists who are peer-nominated taking up the reporting and writing challenge in seclusion.
The objectives of the volunteer-driven program are to refresh journalism, re-engage journalists, and reconnect with the local communities with or without the use of new media tools.
This year’s participants include Bishal Bhattarai (Nagarik/Republica dailies), Lokesh Saud (Avenues TV), Bimmi Sharma (Himal Khabarpatrika), Sher Bahadur Bhujel (Kalika FM) and Pratima Silwal (puleso.com). The participants were selected from among more than 100 nominations received online.
Also present in today’s programs were senior journalists Sushil Sharma, Gopal Chitrakar, Jagadish Pokharel and Gufa Director Dr Dharma Adhikari. Sharma, as the chief guest, spoke on the challenges and opportunities of doing great journalism in today’s digital age (Watch video here). He said that social media offer fresh, raw information unparalleled for journalists these days, but there is also a verification crisis in the media.
This year, the event is organized by Media Foundation in partnership with Hotel Mandap, Himalayan Aid, SoftNEP, Media Plan, World View Nepal, AG Consulting, Buddha Publications, Creative Press, Dibyabhumi College, and The Word Lab.