German international broadcast center Deutsche Welle will use multimedia news content produced by Drik from rural Bangladesh. The contract was signed on 19 June 2013 at the Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany between DW’s Head of Asia Department, Alexander Frieda and Drik Founder, Dr. Shahidul Alam. Both expressed their mutual satisfaction at the signing. The Bengali Section of DW will now be using video content captured by Drik’s district correspondents from rural Bangladesh.
“For about a year now, there had been discussions about how we could use local reports from rural Bangladesh on our website. I consider this signing to be an important ‘stepping stone’ for our future relationship”, said Debaroti Guha, Head of DW’s Bengali Team.
The Rural Visual Journalism Network (RVJN) is a component of the Press Freedom 2.0 programme in Bangladesh and is an initiative of Drik supported by World Press Photo. RVJN is designed to address specific issues faced by media and give voice to rural citizens of Bangladesh.
The programme takes into account factors such as high illiteracy rates; the fact that rural communities in Bangladesh have less access to information sources; and the dramatic rise of penetration of radio, mobile phone usage and TV. The disadvantaged representation of women and children in the media sector and the limited press freedom in the country remain a constant matter of concern, and will therefore be focus areas in the programme of Press Freedom 2.0. The use of quality visual media in Bangladesh, where literacy rates are low can be an effective tool as an alternative education.
Dhaka, 3 December 2012: Drik celebrates its win in the Manthan Award 2012 for the innovative Rural Visual Journalism Network (RVJN), an initiative that trains district correspondents to use Apple iPod Touch technology to produce multimedia stories from rural Bangladesh. The RVJN Project Manager, Muhammad Aminuzzaman, accepted the award in the “e-news and media” category, at a gala ceremony in the Habitat Centre in New Delhi, India on 1 December 2012. - See more at: here