Media Leaders and Drik discuss potential of New Media

Rural Visual Journalism Network launched in Bangladesh

Dhaka, 26 November, 2012: Drik held an interactive global dialogue today, with media leaders looking at the potential of New Media and the creation of content to suit the evolving market place.  Saiful Islam, CEO Drik in his welcome address stressed the importance of moving into the global market place with products using new media, citing the twitter book as an example of new forms of publishing.

The interesting dialogue had Ayperi Karabuda Ecer, Vice President Pictures at Thomson Reuters, Paris, France and Sylvia Cadena from the Information Society Innovation Fund, Australia joining by video conferencing as guest experts. 
Ecer pointed out how Reuters is moving on with new applications to interactive formats to tell the whole story using multimedia. Participants had an opportunity to see the Reuters ?Wider Image? where each story expands from a single image to give more context through a variety of formats to include slide shows, sequence and sound. ?Without multimedia one can no longer be competitive in the current market place,? Ecer said. She recognizing that Asia remained the only growth area for newspapers, and warned the participants to prepare for the shifting media landscape where photographs accompanied by sound would dominate.
Sylvia Cadena, from the Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC) coordinator for the ISIF Asia fund, spoke to participants about the forthcoming small grants and awards programme. Funds provides grants up to 30,000 AUS$, for organizations that can implement innovative programmes with use of the Internet. Call for applications will be made in January 2013 on the website
Dr. Shahidul Alam, Managing Director of Drik and Muhammad Aminuzzaman, Project Manager, Rural Visual Journalism Network (RVJN) jointly illustrated with a live demonstration the making of a real time news story using 3G technology. A mock interview was taken outside the Drik premises and the participants in the Gallery could see the interview on a dummy newspaper page. The real time video was webcast through the Internet using a central video webcast server of DrikICT.
This was followed up with examples how Bangladeshi journalists are grasping the new technologies in the innovative initiative, the Rural Visual Journalism Network (RVJN). District correspondents are trained and supported by RVJN to produce multimedia stories from rural Bangladesh using only an iPod touch for both shooting and editing their features. RVJN project is a finalist in India?s Manthan Awards in the ?eNews and Media? category.
Participants were excited by the RVJN stories. ?It?s revolutionary? said multimedia trainer Arnob Chakraborty, Head of Department, Broadcast and Multimedia, Pathshala South Asian Media Academy. Altaf Mahamud, Editor and Publisher, felt the technology would be a huge boost for the 350 online newspapers in the country.  Some were anxious about issues that can come up when hard news stories are reported. Additionally participants voiced concern about the Government?s banning of YouTube and the subsequent negative impact of this action on the free availability of online content.


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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.”

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