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‘Networking is very important when it comes to news’

  • Published at 05:27 pm August 7th, 2020
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Future News Worldwide is a partnership program between the British Council and some of the world's driving media associations. The point is to help youngsters to build up a wide scope of reporting aptitudes and to set up the UK as a worldwide pioneer in the supporting of youthful columnists and media figures.

Every year, they unite 100 of the world's generally skilled, motivated, and enthusiastic understudy writers to go to a concentrated media preparing program. Members get restrictive training from world-driving editors, supporters, journalists, and columnists, and perceive how distributors around the globe are utilizing innovation to discover stories and rejuvenate them more than ever.

This time on account of Covid-19 the conference took place virtually for the first time. They joined keynote meetings from universally famous writers, with workshops driven by industry accomplices and inherent open doors for networking with peers from around the globe. 

Utilizing the social assets of the UK, the British Council makes friendly knowledge and understanding between the individuals of the UK and different nations. They are especially dedicated to making global doors open for youngsters. Future News Worldwide brings these aspirations to life, connecting you with both your peers and the important profession they have chosen.

This time, the Dhaka Tribune got to talk to one of the participants from Bangladesh who took part in the conference virtually. Tasneem Kibria Orpa is a student at Independent University, Bangladesh and in her last semester. She is also working at the Dhaka Tribune under the Opinion and Editorial department.  

What’s it like to attend future news worldwide? Share your experience.

The conference was supposed to take place in London, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the whole program got shifted to a virtual platform. Nevertheless, it was a new experience. There were two sessions and I was partaking in the second one.

Prior to the conference, we were given a set of PDFs which would help everyone understand how everything will work. This was the first virtual conference for Future News Worldwide. Everything was very organized and I got to meet young journalists from all over the world. 

I greatly enjoyed and learned a lot from Ritu Kapur, co-founder of The Quint. She addressed the issue of trust and credibility in news media. Ritu Kapur, during her speech, addressed how technology is shaping news today, how we can adapt to it, and how we can provide credible news to public mass and gain/keep their trust. 

The network of alumni base is huge and I am happy that I can be a part of it.

Why did you apply for the program?

I wanted to learn more about the field I’m working in. Now, I have acquaintances from about 50 countries in the world who are in the news media industry. 

Networking is very important when it comes to news. 

How did you find the experience?

It was very informative and helpful. 

What was your favourite part of the experience?

The entire conference was amazing but I loved Ritu Kapur’s speech. She addressed how young journalists can build trust and credibility with their audience at a time when the media faces

attack from governments and authority figures. She also discussed how we can deliver “360 reporting” -- covering all angles of a story.

I also attended two workshops. The advice, tricks, and tools we got to learn will be of use in my near future. The alumni gave amazing advice and broke down the steps on how we can also write great stories. 

Marnie Chesterton, BBC journalist and CrowdScience podcaster, discussed how journalists can report on science topics in ways that engage and inform their audience. She discussed how communication plays a critical role when covering stories ranging from pandemics to climate change, and how journalists can embrace this in their stories. She also talked about effective story-telling/writing. 

What did you learn from the program and do you feel that it has helped your journalism career?

I now know how to use digital tools thanks to Google initiative. I know how I can gain the trust of my readers and views; write more engaging stories and have allowed me to collaborate with other journalists from abroad.

Workshop 1:

Staying safe when covering long-term trauma – Dart Centre Europe  

Launching your freelance career - Thomson Reuters Foundation

Upskilling yourself for employment - Aaqil Ahmed

 Workshop 2:

 Digital tools - Google News Initiative

Staying safe when covering long-term trauma – Dart Centre Europe

Upskilling yourself for employment - Aaqil Ahmed

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