COMPLETED PROJECTS & PROGRAMMES


    1)Support to Women in Journalism (2006-2008)
    2)Helpline for Media Professionals (2005-2007)
    3)Training Women for Leadership in Bangladesh Media (2005-2006) 
    4) Equity in the News: Promoting Human Rights through Media in Bangladesh 
    5) Media Access and Education for Human Rights: Bangladesh


TV Journalism Training for Women in Media (2006)


The object of the action

The object of this action was to prepare trained women for TV Journalism to help develop a critical mass in the electronic media with proper/high quality training. Location of this action was Dhaka, Chittagong and Rajshahi.

The result of the action

A course curriculum was developed on TV journalism. A total of four training programmes were taken place in three divisional towns in Bangladesh and at least 50 journalists trained on TV journalism. Ms. Jaquiline Frank a night fellow supervised the whole training programme. 

Organisation's role and its degree of involvement in the action
BCDJC acted as the implementing organization.

Donors to the action
1. The American Centre, Dhaka                      2. International Center for Journalists      
Embassy of the United States of America            1616 H Street, NW Third Floor
House # 110, Road # 27                                   Washington D.C. 20006 USA
Banani, Dhaka 1213                                          Tel (+1) 202.737.3700
Tel: 8813440/4                                                 Fax (+1) 202.737.0530
Fax: 9881677                                                   Website: www.icfj.org
Website: www.usembassy-dhaka.org

 

Women in Journalism (2003-2005)

 

The objective of the action
# Help increase and encourage the participation of women at all levels within the communication media.

# Help eliminate the common obstacles faced by female media practitioners; and help them break the ‘invisible barrier’ or ‘glass ceiling’ in Bangladeshi media.

# Help improve women’s access to information and promote the expression of their opinion.

# To help create an enabling environment for women to enter high levels of media management; train them to better prepare to adapt decision making roles.

# Help encourage women to brave at various level and different roles to excel through an annual award scheme.

# Help women newspersons to at least informally organise themselves in a Forum (Forum of Women Newspersons/ FWN).

Location of the action is based in Dhaka but participants were drawn from different parts of Bangladesh.

 

The result of the action
# The publicity and BCDJC's other hunting process broadened the interest level among girls, students with initial curiosity about taking journalism as a profession and helped reduce the level of general ignorance and lack of appreciation about the power and potential of media & journalism profession especially for women.

# A forum for women in journalism will be able to act as a pressure group to overcome existing problems and establish their rights in the society.

# Increased number of trained women working at all level of professional journalism; including the higher tier of management and decision making.

# An increased number of women journalists well conversant with the tools and techniques of advance and modern journalism; women with high level of expertise and confidence in depicting contemporary social issues in general and women’s issues in particular.

# A good number of encouraged and positive newspaper editors and employers now believe in women’s capabilities to deliver as journalists, and to recruit more women and assign important tasks to them at the completion of the project.

# Far reaching impact of good reporting in awareness building and policy formulation on various issues.

# An enhanced role of media in political opinion building, a more responsive readership that will ensure accountability and contribute towards strengthening democratic values and practices.

# More sensitive and responsive to the needs of women, women journalists are in a better position to bring forward the plights of poverty stricken and marginalised women and encourage their efforts to improve the quality of life.

# The annual award scheme especially for women newspersons in different categories now able to boost morale and encourage all women journalists and managers in journalism to work harder to succeed and climb-up in the profession. 

# Extended national and international networking strengthen morale, enhance confidence, bring across opportunities and help consolidate their forum and unity to their benefit.

 

Organisation's role and its degree of involvement in the action
In this program, BCDJC was the implementing organization.

 

Donor to the action
DANIDA/The Embassy of Denmark
House # CEN 10, Road # 110
Gulshan 2, Dhaka 1212
Tel: 8814443, 8829311
Fax: 8814443, 8829311 Ext. 102
Website: www.ambdhaka.um.dk

 

Study and National Conference of Women in Media (2002-2003)

 

The object of the action

# Collection of dependable data on the actual status of women in journalism in smaller towns of Bangladesh

 

# Enrich, update and help expand the project of ‘Women in Journalism’ of BCDJC  which is supported by Danida

 

# The study and workshops will enable the BCDJC ‘Women in Journalism’ to be in the right perceptive in the overall scenario of ‘Women in Media’ of Bangladesh

 

# The study, workshops and the conference would create a further enabling      environment for the implementation of BCDJC ‘Women in Journalism’ project. It will get a boost and will be able to receive more support from the community of journalism

 

# Greater awareness and sensitisation of the issues by the stakeholders including policymakers and media owners who will be present in the conference or hear/read about it.

 

# Will ensure visibility of the existing women in media, create confidence, encourage all in networking and unity.

 

# Produce pragmatic recommendations for further actions by BCDJC and other NGO’s, donor and Government.

 

Location of the action is based in Dhaka but participants will be drawn from different parts of Bangladesh.

 

The results of the action

# Study of the Status of Women in Journalism in 10 district towns of Bangladesh.
# 6 Workshops on Women in-

1. Television
2. Radio
3. Film
4. Advertisement
5. Theatre and
6. Newspaper / News agencies

7. Conference of Women in Media

 

Organisation's role and its degree of involvement in the action

BCDJC was the implementing organization.

 

Donor to the action
DANIDA/The Embassy of Denmark
House # CEN 10, Road # 110
Gulshan 2, Dhaka 1212
Tel: 8814443, 8829311
Fax: 8814443, 8829311 Ext. 102
Website: www.ambdhaka.um.dk

 

    Awareness campaign for journalist on Local Economic Development (2005-2006)

     

    The object of the action

    # To determine what knowledge and attitude media professionals have on his/her local business environment.

 

    # To comprehend what practice local media professionals have regarding his/her own-town business environment.

 

# To make local level journalists aware about their role and responsibilities to create an enabling environment for business in his/her area.

 

# To help local level journalists become confident through capacity building to cover local economic issues.

 

# Providing media professionals and other stakeholders guide/ reference on reporting local business issues.

 

# To bring together local Journalists, Businessmen and other Local Stakeholders in creating enabling local business environment.

 

# Enhancing media professionals' relationship and cooperation with local businesspersons, business leaders and trade bodies.

 

Location of the action was 10 districts in Bangladesh (Dinajpur, Rajshahi, Jessore, Sylhet, Mymensingh, Bogra, Manikganj, Comilla, Brahmanbaria and Chittagong) 

 

The results of the action
# Study on Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) of Media Professionals Regarding Business Environment in Small Towns of Bangladesh

 

# Publication of a Handbook on Reporting on Business & Economy Reporting at Local Level

 

# Deliberative Forums of Local Journalists, Businessmen and other Local Stakeholders on Business, Economy and LEE

 

Organisation's role and its degree of involvement in the action

BCDJC was the implementing organization.

 

Donor to the action

KATALYST (Swiss Contact)

House # 20, Road # 6
Baridhara, Dhaka 1212
Tel: 8823822, 8829555, 8861416, 8829504
Fax: 8859233
Web: www.katalystbd.com

 

Enhancing Access of the Marginalised people in Newspapers of Bangladesh (2003-2004)

 

The objective of the action
a. Short-term:

# To sensitise the newspaper editors on minority, indigenous people and women related issues.

 

# To strengthen the capacity of the people to be able to work working as journalists from regions where minority and indigenous section have a concentration in Bangladesh.

 

# Give orientation and provide hands on training for the aspirants to journalism to make them qualified for this profession.

 

# Help the community to access in the media, help them to manifest their voice properly.

 

# Develop a favourable and friendly environment in work place by sensitising newspaper editors.

 

b. Long-term:

# Help to improve the quality and quantity representation and portrayal of minority and indigenous people national newspapers.

 

# Quality of Grassroots Journalism from those areas will improve

 

# Encourage more marginalized to join and newspapers to welcome in the profession from a demonstrative affect of this project

 

The result of the action

# 40 freshers from the community were trained as journalists.


# 20 trainees will be absorbed by the newspaper after 9 months of the programme and 3 months of fellowship.

 

# The other 20 trainees as also expected to contribute to the newspaper and the community.

 

# Environment, Human Rights, Women and Minority issues will be better covered by the trained journalists.

 

# Women and minority people would be more aware of the causes of their marginalisation and poverty, and thus have better chances to take initiative to change their situation

 

# The quality of grassroots reporting will improve from the regions concerned by the trained journalists.

 

Organisation's role  and its degree of involvement in the action

In this program, BCDJC was the implementing organization.

 

Donor to the action

World Association for Christian Communication (WACC)
357 Kennington Lane
London SE11 5QY
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7582 9139
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7735 0340
Website: www.wacc.org.uk

 

Enhancing Role of Newspaper Gatekeepers in Election Reporting (2001)

 

Object of the action

# To study and understand the quality and quantity of election reporting in Bangladeshi newspapers.

    # Prepare a standard module and materials for Training/Orientation/Colloquium of Journalists in the Election Reporting.
    #Strengthen capacity of mid level Editors of Newspapers (Gatekeepers) in leading and guiding reporters in Election/Political beat and materials.

Location of this action was the whole country.

 

The result of the action

At first we have developed the modules and materials from a workshop, which was attended by esteemed election experts, academicians, representative of PIB and donor agencies, media experts, NGO activists and journalists. Five colloquiums were held to sensitise the gatekeepers of news organizations, of which two was for the gatekeepers of Dhaka and the rest were for the gatekeepers outside Dhaka. A survey report titled “Election 2001 in Bangladesh Newspaper” was published with support from this project.

 

Organisation's role and its degree of involvement in the action

In this program, BCDJC acted as the implementing organization.

 

Donor to the action

The Asia Foundation
House # 3B, Road # 50
Gulshan 2, Dhaka 1212
Tel: 8826941-45, 8826941-45
Fax: 8826134
Website: www.asiafoundation.org

 

Election Monitoring and Reporting by Journalists (2001)

 

The object of the action

# To gather information on the peoples attitude to vote.

 

    # To develop scenario of prospective candidates in a constituency. # To develop the cycle of election relation to money and muscle.

 

# To identify the factors affecting the election in a constituency.

 

# To develop the poverty situation in a constituency.

 

# To gather information on the status of a constituency.

 

# To develop opinion of cross section of people in that constituency on next election.

    # To enhance capacity of journalists in covering election. # To get a journalistic fair, objective and impartial report on a long-term basis of the parliamentary election of 2001.
    # To gather news and disseminate for widest access and use.

Location of the action was whole country.

 

The result of the action

A workshop was organised to improve and endorse Training Module & Materials, checklist and also a Guide Book (Pocketbook) on Election Reporting, which was participated by relevant stakeholders including politicians, elected society leaders, media professional bodies, civil society, media training & research organisation, rights NGO, networks of election observation and trained media trainers. Five colloquiums were held to sensitise the gatekeepers of news organizations, of which three were for the gatekeepers of national news organization based at Dhaka and the rest were for the gatekeepers of district-based news organizations. 126 members nationwide election reporting team received day-long orientation on election reporting. They were provided with a standard ‘checklist’ so that a national standard and commonality is established in election reporting. Several publications came out from the action. These are “A Handbook on Election Reporting” and Election 2001 through the eyes of journalists (Bangla and English).

 

Organisation's role and its degree of involvement in the action

In this program, BCDJC and BMSF jointly implemented and BCDJC was the lead party.

 

Donor to the action

The Asia Foundation
House # 3B, Road # 50
Gulshan 2, Dhaka 1212
Tel: 8826941-45, 8826941-45
Fax: 8826134
Website: www.asiafoundation.org


Enhancing the Role of Media in Strengthening Local Government Governance (2003-2005)

 

 

Object of the action

# Maximize the possibility for the potentials of the voices of the Elected Local Representatives be more strongly heard’.

    # Frame issues and/or set agenda to enable concerted and consistent discussion, debate and policy dialogue.
    # Counter the hostilities of Local Authority and generate/pressure for positive changes and thereby enable convergence in society, which in fact creates the most, needed favourable social and political environment.

Location of this action was all over Bangladesh.

 

The result of the action

BCDJC implemented a two-year project with Local Government Initiative (LGI), ARD with financial support from USAID. Union Parishad Election was monitored throughout the country during the project period. One of the vital activities of that project was a publication.  Under this project, a book titled "Union Parishad Election 2003 in newspapers" was published by BCDJC. The content includes 29 write up on various topics including election management, election & child, election & women, election results, thoughts of election and local government.

 

Organisation's role and its degree of involvement in the action

In this program, BCDJC acted as the implementing organization.

 

Donor to the action
LGI-ARD Bangladesh
House # 2B, Road # 84
Gulshan, Dhaka 1212
Tel: 9862997, 8852589
Fax: 8852589
Website: www.ardinc.com

 

Journalism Development in Five Towns (2003-2005)

 

Object of the action

 

    # Improve the quality of small town journalists to undertake in-depth reporting which are effective and also sensitive to some core issues like Good Governance, Human Rights and Gender.

 

# Help the press further to attain a free, responsible and constructive role in a democracy and to encourage its conformity with professional standard of conduct, ethics and democratic norms.

Location of this action is Mymensingh, Rajshahi, Jessore, Comilla and Sylhet districts in Bangladesh.

 

The result of the action

    # At least 600 reporters provided further skills of reporting and sensitised on the core issues of gender, human rights and good governance in 3 years.
    # At least 100 editors/gatekeepers sensitised on the core issues and then appreciation and support ensured through successive colloquiums in 3 years.

 

    # At least 12 books on journalism and/or the core issues published to fill the void and used by media professionals, educators and students.

 

# The training room, computer lab further modernised and equipped to enable BCDJC to organise professionally standard training and other programmes.

    # At least 50 women will be identified, encouraged and trained so that they can become journalists.
    # A model for journalism development will be developed and could be replaced in other towns of Bangladesh by BCDJC and other organisations.

 

Organisation's role and its degree of involvement in the action

In this program, BCDJC acted as the implementing organization.

 

Donor to the action

Embassy of Sweden (SIDA)
House # 1, Road # 51
Gulshan, Dhaka
Tel: 8824761-4
Fax: 8823948
Website: www.sida.se


Journalism Development in Twelve Towns of Bangladesh (1999-2002)

 

The object of the action

# To improve the professional standard of small town journalists working for local and national news media and news agencies.

 

# To improve management efficiency of some small town newspapers.

 

# To bring among the journalists of the project area greater awareness of the free, responsible and constructive role of press in democracy, and to encourage their professional standard of conduct, ethics, democratic norms and taste.

 

# To sensitise the journalists of the project area about the empowerment of vulnerable groups, women and minority communities.

 

# To encourage a sustainable local mechanism for imparting training to journalists in some regions.

 

# To initiate a nation-wide networking of journalists to achieve the above objectives.

 

Location of this action was Dhaka and Twelve Towns of Bangladesh (Khulna, Jessore, Rajshahi, Bogra, Saidpur, Gaibandha, Mymensingh, Sylhet, Comilla, Barisal, Chittagong, and Iswardi).

 

The result of the action

# Three Training Modules and Training Materials for those courses.

 

# Office and training equipment, DTP and furniture to make BCDJC better equipped in this regard.

 

# Regular publication, on a quarterly basis, books/manuals on Journalism.

 

# At least 20 Trainers/Resource Persons/Mentors prepared for about 12 press clubs/press associations.

 

# About 300 reporters/sub-editors, 20 press photographers and 20 managers trained (we will try to get 5 percent women participants).

 

# A few regional resource centres/bases established.

 

# Active presence of BCDJC among the journalists of 12 towns and a countrywide network of BCDJC initiated by (at least) district-level focal persons.

 

# Liaison and collaboration with different local and foreign organisations working in the fields of Journalism, Communication, Press Freedom, Human Rights, Democratic Issues, Gender Equality etc.

 

# A number of minority and women journalists trained and encouraged in their profession.

 

Organisation's role and its degree of involvement in the action

In this program, BCDJC acted as the implementing organization.

 

Donor to the action

Embassy of Sweden (SIDA)
House # 1, Road # 51
Gulshan, Dhaka
Tel: 8824761-4
Fax: 8823948
Website: www.sida.se

 

Health for Young People in Bangladesh (1999-2000)

 

Object and location of the action

# To encourage the media

 

# To develop its public service role in relation of health issues and to demonstrate to journalists that health stories make interesting press and broadcast items.

 

The objective was also to assess the potential for delivering health information via the media to the target group- young people.

 

# To stimulate awareness among health professionals of the media’s potential to deliver health information and encourage the media to develop innovative and accessible health programmes.

 

The location of this project were Bogra, Rajshahi, Faridpur, Jashore and Rangpur.

 

Result of the Action

6 episodes of Radio Series “Amar Kotha Sono” had been made on the basis of a study to identify the Risk Factors Affecting Nutritional Status of Adolescent Girls in Bangladesh. Month-long training on “Television Journalism” & “Radio Journalism” was organized which brought together Bangladeshi health professional and journalists. Also organized various Open discussion, workshop, seminars, symposium for journalists and health professionals and built a platform where the two professional can discuss the problems and find out solutions or take joint action to achieve a unified goal and created an atmosphere of a two way communication.

 

Organisation's role and its degree of involvement in the action

The Thomson Foundation of Uk, Bangladesh Centre for Development, Journalism and Communication (BCDJC) and Family Planning Association Of Bangladesh (FPAB) are the partners in implementing this project of which BCDJC is the Bangladesh Manager.

 

Donor to the action

National Lottery Charities Board
St Vincent House
16 Suffolk Street
SW1Y 4NL, London
Tel: 020 7747 5300
Fax: 020 7747 5299
E-mail: [email protected]