The organizing committee is pleased to announce that five journalists from various parts of Nepal have been selected for New Media Gufa 2014. A screening committee selected them out of over 100 nominations received online.
The journalists selected for this year’s edition of the New Media Gufa, an experiential news reporting event for journalists, are (with last names in alphabetical order):
Bishal Bhattarai, Nagarik and Republica daily
Sher Bahadur Bhujel, Kalinchowk FM 106.4
Lokesh Saud, Avenues TV and Dinesh FM 93.8
Bimmi Sharma, Himal Khabarpatrika
Pratima Silwal, puleso.com
The New Media Gufa will run from September 5 to 8, 2014. These journalists will be kept in seclusion in Hotel Mandap, Thamel for 72 hours from everything but computers or handheld devices with uninterrupted access to the Internet. Participants will be challenged to conceive news stories relevant to rural Nepal, and to report and write those stories following Gufa Style, a rigorous reporting and writing approach based on journalistic standards.
A team of researchers comprising Dr. Dharma Adhikari, the director of the event, will observe the participants at work, and record data for analysis.
Brief bio of the the seven participating journalists (with last name in alphabetical order)
Bhattarai, 23, is a reporter with Nagarik and Republica daily and news editor for Community Radio Sky Gulmi. He is currently doing his BA in English Literature and Political Science from Resunga Multiple Campus.
Sher Bahadur Bhujel
Bhujel, 28, is the news coordinator and senior program producer of Kalinchowk FM 106.4 MHZ. He also works as a sub editor of the weekly Kalinchok Sandesh. He has done B.A. in Nepali and Political Science from Shree Gaurishankar Multiple Campus, Charikot, Dolakha.
Saud, 25, reports for Avenues TV and Dinesh FM 93.8. He also works with Janasarokar Post Daily as editor. He has seven years of experience in journalism, six years as a district reporter for the National News Agency. He is currently doing his B.Ed with a major in English and Nepali from Dadeldhura Education Campus.
Sharma, 38, is a print reporter with 10 years in print journalism. She is a reporter at Himal Khabarpatrika. Based in Parsa, she has reported for a number of newspapers and has also contributed to BBC Nepali Service. She has BA in History and Political Science from Thakurram Multiple Campus, Birgunj and a diploma in Journalism from Nepal Press institute.
Silwal, 26, is an online journalist with puleso.com with eight years of expierence in the profession. She has in the past worked with Sourya Daily and BBC Media Action. She is currently doing her masters in Sociology from Birendra Multiple Campus, Chitwan.