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If you are planning a career in journalism – audio-visual, photographic or print – then VIN’s Journalism Program can help you develop your experience and your resume.  This is a perfect opportunity for those planning a gap year or career break and contemplating or already following a career in journalism or print media.

VIN’s Journalism Program enables interns or volunteers to develop a portfolio of work in an international context.  The program is conducted in Nepal in partnership with national daily, weekly, fortnightly and monthly publications. You can work in Photo Journalism, Print Journalism, and Film and Documentary Making projects under Journalism program. If you are already a practicing journalist, Journalism volunteering will broaden your experience and show you a different way of working in journalism against the backdrop of a dramatic country faced with political and social challenges.

The opportunity not only allows you to produce professional work for a large publication but to gain an insight into how the publication is run.  Whether you wish to work in print or celluloid you will gain invaluable experience as you traverse your career path.

VIN is a non-commercial, charitable organisation whose overriding mission is the empowerment of marginalised, rural communities in Nepal, with a particular focus on women and children.  Since early 2007, we have been implementing our integrated community development plan in rural communities of outskirt of Kathmandu valley and have begun implementation in Okhaldhunga, the Everest region.   By taking part in our Journalism Program you will be supporting our efforts in these communities, helping to promote our relationships with partner organisations and raising our visibility.

During your placement you will live with a Nepali host family, either in the working community or Kathmandu, dependent on your placement.  Where ever you live you will become immersed in Nepali culture and language, which will enrich your experience and indirectly inform your work.

The History of Journalism in Nepal

1851 The first printed press installed by a Rana family Prime Minister but only used after several decades.

Gorkha Bharat Jeevan, the first news magazine published in Nepali language (“gorkha” standing for “nepali”).  It is printed in India.

1898  Sudha Sagar, the first monthly magazine is published in Nepal.

1901  First Nepali newspaper is launched; the state-owned Gorkhapatra.

1950  Following the establishment of a democratic political system, the first daily newspaper, published by a non-running by the political power was born, known as Awaj.  Its publication barely lasted two years but it was a time that allowed many weekly newspapers to flourish.

1951 Tarang Weekly, the first newspaper published in Hindi.

1953  First monthly magazine is published in English: Nepal Guardian. Two years later, the first daily newspaper in English appears, The Commoner.

Political issues were omnipresent with 35 political publications.

During the Panchayat period, journalism became prosperous in Nepal. A Ministry of Communication, a Press Council and a News Agency were formed.

1990  The People’s Movement urges greater press freedom, this ends up being a constitutional right.

During the same decade World Wide Web comes into existence.

1993  First Nepalese online newspaper, The Nepal Digest, published from the U.S.

1995 The Kathmandu Post publishes its first online news thanks to Rajendra Shrestha, an engineering student using his American university’s web pages to convey news from Nepal.

2001-2002  The Nepalese press suffers from repression during the state of emergency set up by King Gyanendra. Likewise, the sensitive situation with the Maoists continues to put Nepalese press under pressure.

Written Journalism

2010  More than 100 daily and 500 weekly titles in publication according to the annual report of the Press Council Nepal

The most popular newspapers are Kantipur, The Kathmandu Post, The Annapurna Post (which also publishes the English newspaper The Himalayan), Nagarik (publishing My Republica in English) and Nepal Samacharpatra.

Few are published in Newari: Jhigu Swaniga and Deshay Maru Jhya.

Radio Journalism

According to the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development, there are currently 144 radio stations running.

The first radio broadcasting dates back to 1950 when a few people sought to struggle against the Rana’s power.

2009  72% of Nepalese households have access to radio, 52% to television according to a survey lead in three districts of rural areas by the United Nations Development Programme.

Photo-journalism

1472 Leonard Da Vinci discovers peculiarity of white light: its multi-colored nature.

1826 Joseph Niepce Nicephore makes the first photograph.

1863 The first photograph in Nepal is taken by Clarence Comyn Taylor.

1888 George Eastman makes photography accessible to anyone by developing a Kodak camera simple to use.

1950 Ganesh Man Chitrakar opens his “Ganesh Photo Lab” in Basantapur. He will teach photography to many people, amongst them members of his family.

 

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