Pioneering online training for journalists launched
Nepal Press Institute (NPI) has started an online course for Nepali journalists. The training course, a first of its kind in Nepal, has been developed with support from UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).
The year-long course covers a wide range of topics, such as basic journalism, feature writing, photojournalism and investigative reporting.
“This course is tailored for the needs of local journalists”, says Parsuram Kharel, chairperson of NPI. The programme’s approach of internet-based courses that students can undertake through their working stations opens up for broad participation from even remote districts of Nepal.
“There is an increasing number of journalists in Nepal, but a clear lack of opportunities for training”, Kharel says.
Since its launching in April 2012, the course met with great interest and 40 journalists from 20 of the country's 75 districts have enrolled. Most of them are journalists working in newspapers or broadcast media. Many more, particularly from remote areas, have shown interest in the course. NPI’s plan is to expand the training into a three-year programme that is fully recognized by universities as a diploma course.
“We want to reach out to more women journalists and to journalists from marginalized groups with our programme, and we are planning to address their needs better, when we expand the programme next year”, Kharel says.
NPI is Nepal's pioneer non-profit making organization which has focused on journalism education and training in Nepal. During the past 25 years, it has conducted more than 300 training courses of various durations in most parts of the country. Established in 1984, NPI is involved in building capacity and skills of Nepali journalists through short-term and long-term courses.
Click here to view the online training page.