DrikNews RVJN wins World Summit Award

The Rural Visual Journalism Network (RVJN) is an innovative initiative where trained district correspondents use Apple i-Pod Touch technology to produce multimedia stories from rural Bangladesh. The correspondents’ multimedia stories focus on addressing specific issues faced by media and by rural citizens of Bangladesh.

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The Rural Visual Journalism Network (RVJN) is an innovative initiative of the DRIK Picture Library Ltd. in Bangladesh where trained district correspondents use Apple i-Pod Touch technology to produce multimedia stories from rural Bangladesh. The main goal of RVJN is to create a network of rural visual journalists who are professional photographers, NGO workers and citizen journalists trained and equipped to produce and report on multimedia stories on governance, human rights and other related issues. The correspondents’ multimedia stories focus on addressing specific issues faced by media and by rural citizens of Bangladesh. Women reporters have shown that they have a unique way of telling their stories to the world and this capacity needs to be nurtured. RVJN stories are ‘unfiltered’ views on the issues that matter. To date the programmer has trained over 40 rural journalists from 25 districts, with 485 Stories produced and 206 of these Stories published on www.driknews.com and Bangla rights (www.banglarights.net) websites.
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Author: Shahidul Alam

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018. A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry before switching to photography. His seminal work “The Struggle for Democracy” contributed to the removal of General Ershad. Former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the Drik agency, Chobi Mela festival and Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Shown in MOMA New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Royal Albert Hall and Tate Modern, Alam has been guest curator of Whitechapel Gallery, Winterthur Gallery and Musee de Quai Branly. His awards include Mother Jones, Shilpakala Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dali International Festival of Photography. Speaker at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities, TEDx, POPTech and National Geographic, Alam chaired the international jury of the prestigious World Press Photo contest. Honorary Fellow of Royal Photographic Society, Alam is visiting professor of Sunderland University in UK and advisory board member of National Geographic Society. John Morris, the former picture editor of Life Magazine describes his book “My journey as a witness”, (listed in “Best Photo Books of 2011” by American Photo), as “The most important book ever written by a photographer.” His recent book “The Tide Will Turn” published by Steidl in 2020, is listed in New York Time’s ‘Best Art Books of 2020’. Alam received the “International Press Freedom Award” for 2020 from ‘The Committee to Protect Journalists’.

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