It is in this backdrop, CIJ, with generous support from national and international partners, and stakeholders in the mainstream media including publishers, editors and reporters – has been working to provide technical, logistical and editorial support to improve quality of investigative reporting in Nepal.
Open Society Foundation
Giving continuity to long and fruitful partnership, CIJ entered a two year project partnership with OSF Asia Regional Office.The two sides signed contract papers in December and the project commenced its activities in February this year. The three year project with detailed set of activities includes capacity building training for investigative reporters, and logistical support for producing investigative reports.
Unfortunately, the April earthquake and the political turmoil has significantly affected the implementation of project activities. With gradual improvement in the situation, CIJ is committed to implement remaining activities more efficiently in the coming days.
A three years project agreement was signed with Finnish partner organisation VIKES in 2013. The main objective of this partnership was to train journalists from various regions of the country, in the art of investigative reporting.
In the first two years, the project trained journalists from eastern region and western region. In the ongoing final year, the project is training 30 journalists from mid-western and far-western region. The first phase of the training was conducted in July at Kanchanpur.The second phase, which was scheduled for early September had to be postponed due to political turmoil and was recently held in Dang between 21-25 November. VIKES representative and senior investigative journalist Eeva Simola attended the Dang session and shared her experiences with the trainees.
CIJ and VIKES also jointly organised a daylong seminar titled ‘Changing media landscape in Nepal and Nordic Countries: Using New Media to tell investigative stories’. The program was supported by embassies of Norway, Finland and Denmark, whose envoys also attended the sessions. Senior Datajournalist John Bones from Norway and Eeva Simola from Finland talked about global trends in investigative journalism and the use of new media, while Nepal’s leading editors and journalists including Kunda Dixit, Sudheer Sharma, Narayan Wagle, among others debated on how Nepali newsrooms have adapted and adopted the use of new media.
The British Embassy
CIJ partnered with The British Embassy in Kathmandu to implement Investigative Journalism Campaign 2015. The purpose of the project was to evaluate the investigative reports published in Nepali media throughout 2014 to select top four reports.
The project activities commenced in February by setting up a three member independent editorial jury panel which included Sudheer Sharma of Kantipur, Gopal Guragain of Ujjyalo News Network and Ameet Dhakal of Setopai online. The jury members then assessed more than 200 shortlisted reports to choose four winners. The winners attended short summer course on investigative reporting in London.
CIJ-Nepal has been partnering with UNICEF Nepal to encourage women journalists to build up their editorial, leadership and networking skills helping them for better career prospects in media sector with a hope to lead a mainstreaming children, women and gender issues. The partnership has encouraged many women journalists to come forward to take initiative in investigative reporting in order to have solid and worthwhile career in journalism sector.
With a concerted effort from various organisations including CIJ, investigative journalism is finally picking up in Nepali media with the mainstream showing interest in publishing in-depth reports. However, in a breaking-news culture, Nepali media’s focus is excessively on event reporting, ignoring the stories behind the events. Newsrooms are often hard-pressed and unwilling to invest time and resource to generate investigative pieces, especially those that impinge upon their own commercial interests.
This underscores the need for organisations like CIJ to uphold free and fearless journalism by continuing its support to investigative reporters while working closely with the media outlets.
There is a rapid change in the way information is being accessed and disseminated globally, notably due to shifting eyeballs from print to electronic and online media. The digitisation of information means, investigative journalists today need to be technically equipped to mine those information out of world wide web, make use of applications to interpret and project them.
In this context, CIJ is working to provide multi-media based trainings to equip journalists and hone their technical skills. Besides working closely with the mainstream media, CIJ is also making an effort to create its own platform for disseminating investigative contents through electronic and social media. The redesigning of CIJ website (www.cijnepal.org.np ), and plans for developing online resource centre for journalists is part of our initiative to create alternative medium of dissemination.
With its highly experienced mentors, efficient management team and support from national and international partners, CIJ hopes to continue mentoring journalists and produce more investigative reports to promote and strengthen free and fearless investigative journalism in Nepal.
Namrata Sharma (Chairperson)
Namrata Sharma is editor and senior journalist with Nepali magazine Women’s Voice. She has over twenty years of experience in Nepal’s print media and writes regularly on gender issues.
Rabin Sayami (Vice-Chairman)
Rabin Sayami is a senior cartoonist with leading daily newspaper Nagarik Daily. He has over two decade experience in Nepali media.
Pawan Acharya (General Secretary)
Pawan Acharya is news coordinator with leading national Radio Kantipur. Acharya is also a leading sports reporter and has over a decade long experience in Nepali media.
Indra Shrestha (Treasurer)
Indra Shrestha brings in a valuable technical and managerial experience in managing media house. He has been associated with Himal Media, one of Nepal’s leading media houses for one and half a decade.
Kunda Dixit (Executive Member)
Kunda Dixit is the Editor and Publisher of Nepali Times English Weekly, one of the leading English newspapers in Nepal. He was Asia-Pacific Director of the Inter Press Service from 1990 to 1996 and Director of the Panos Institute South Asia from 1997 to 2000. He has also worked with the BBC in the past and authored books including ‘Dateline Earth- Journalism as if the world mattered’.
Chandra Kishore Jha (Executive Member)
Chandra Kishore Jha is one of Nepal’s leading journalists, based in Central Nepal town of Birgunj. Jha regularly writes for major national publications like Himal Khabarpatrika and Kantipur Daily, on various issues including media, politics and society.
Rajendra Dahal (Executive Member)
Rajendra Dahal is the founding member of CIJ with over two and half decade of experience in journalism. He has edited and reported for several national publications like Himal Media, Deshantar Weekly and served in senior position for media organisations like Nepal Press Institute and Federation of Nepali Journalists. Dahal was first Executive Director of CIJ from 1996 to 1999.
Laxman Uprety (Executive Member)
Laxman Uprety is a senior journalist with over two decades of experience in Nepali media. He is an accomplished documentary maker and specialises in environmental reporting. He is associated with several organisations working on environmental issues including monthly magazine Face to Face.
Mina Sharma (Executive Member)
Mina Sharma is a freelance journalist. She previously worked as a reporter with Himal Khabarpatrika, Nepal’s leading weekly magazine. She is one of the senior fellow reporters trained by CIJ.
Shiva Gaunle (Editor)
Shiva Gaunle is a senior journalist with over two decades of experience in journalism. He has reported for and edited several leading newspapers including Kathmandu Today and Himal Khabarpatrika. Gaunle was President of Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) from 2011-2013.
Saurav Kolakshyapati (Program Manager)
Saurav has master's degree in business administration with strong managerial work experience both in UK and Nepal.
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