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Photo Journalism

Program Fees Photo Journalism

If you are planning a career in photo journalism then VIN’s Journalism Program can help you develop your experience and your resume.  The field of journalism is an increasingly difficult one to break into, so this is a perfect opportunity for those planning a gap year or career break to gain essential experience.

VIN’s Photo Journalism project enables interns or volunteers to develop a portfolio of work in an international context. The program is conducted in Nepal in partnership with national publications, such as The Kathmandu Post, Himal Media House, Spotlight Magazine and Image Nepal.  If you are already a practicing photo journalism, volunteering will broaden your experience and show you a different way of working in journalism against the backdrop of a country still recovering from civil war and political corruption.  Working in Nepal offers you a diverse and dramatic context for reporting.

Interns can work with daily, bi weekly or monthly publications.  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, ensuring you gain invaluable experience as you traverse your career path.

Each internship/volunteer placement is tailored to meet the unique needs and expectations  of the individual, both when considering which publication is most suitable for you and when assessing how much support you will need throughout the placement.

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 2007 we have worked with Jitpurphedi community, 12km from Kathmandu, and now look forward to initiating our work in Okhaldhunga, in 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 in Kathmandu.  This will ensure you become immersed in Nepali culture and language, which will enrich your experience and indirectly inform your work.

Your Placement

In many ways, your placement begins even before you leave your home country.  Once your application has been accepted, VIN will contact suitable publications with your CV so that the partner can assess your previous experience and determine how much support you will require once you arrive in Nepal.  If you have a preference toward working with a particular publication, VIN will attempt to cater for this.

On arrival in Nepal, VIN will arrange an initial meeting with the media partner.  A representative will come the the VIN office to discuss their expectations of you and arrange a working schedule.  At this initial meeting, there will be an opportunity for the intern to discuss things like house-style, structure, and the goals of the publication.

Throughout your initiation VIN will work to support and guide you as you adjust to life in Nepal and to the demands of completing an internship.  This support will be available throughout the placement and VIN will work to address any challenges that you may face whilst at your placement.

Your contact with VIN will begin at the airport.  On arrival you will be greeted at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transported to your hotel (alternative arrangements can be made for those already in Nepal prior to the start of their placement).  You will then begin your initiation.

During this time you will be accommodated in a hotel.  However, a large part of the VIN experience comes from the immersion of a home stay with a Nepali host family.  While this is an essential part of the experience we also recognise that it can be a challenging one, becoming part of a new culture and becoming accustomed to facilities that will be more basic than those you are used to.  However, all our host families are experienced in accommodating volunteers – although their ability to speak English will vary – and you will have 24 hour access to contact and support from our staff members during your placement.

During your journalism internship you will be able to work and use the facilities of both the VIN office and the publication office.  Both will have a WIFI connection (subject to power cuts).  You should bring a laptop to work with.  There will also be opportunities for you to observe the entire process of creating a publication from idea formation to distribution; there will be publication team meetings for you to attend where ideas are discussed and work allocated.  This is a great opportunity for you to have a real input into the content of a national newspaper.

Your Work:

You will be expected to determine your own schedule and you will be responsible for how much effort you put into your work.  The more direct communication you have with your placement publication, the more your relationship will develop and the more you will get out of your internship.  It is important to maintain continual contact with your media office and to conform to deadlines.  As you will be working with and contributing to a national publication a high level of professionalism and integrity will be required.

All the same, it is essential to highlight that interns are not individuals with years of photo journalism experience and some of them have worked on the internship with a little experience but lots of enthusiasm.  We understand that interns are still learning and gaining working experience so support and feedback will be given when planning, editing and submitting work.  Developing a good working relationship with your publication team is crucial as they can give you advice and help you edit your work before it goes to the formal editor and into print.

One of the most beneficial aspects of working on a journalism internship with VIN is that as an NGO, VIN provides a working environment which is focussed toward development, empowerment and eradicating poverty. These key themes can enrich your photo journalism and there are plenty of human resources to use (staff, volunteers and community members) if you need to ask for advice.

The following are some of daily English newspapers in Nepal:

The Kathmandu Post

The Rising Nepal

The Himalayan Times

Weekly,  fortnightly & monthly Newspaper in Nepal:

 People’s Review, Nepali Times, New Spotlight  Magazine, Nepal Post (political), New Business Age, ECS;

The Boss (economy), Fame (fashion, art, music, entertainment), Life (social), Kathmandu Info Tiser (youth),

VOW Voice of Women (women), VOC Voice of Children (Children), Nepal Traveler (Tourism)

Most of these publication also have Online Media publication.

Students are given assignments with English language publications, but they may choose to work with Nepali language publications if they have knowledge of the Nepali language as well.

Your Equipment

Neither VIN nor the partner publications have extra resources to give for interns.  In any event, most interns prefer to have their own equipment for photography. Many interns bring laptops, and it is advised that you do so, it is not a requirement.  All that is required is your photographic equipment.  Whilst taking the necessary precautions for any trip, you can feel safe in bringing your equipment to Nepal.

Other volunteers have suggested you bring your laptop, a dictionary and some knowledge of Nepal and its political history.


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