BCDJC staff completed six-weeks internship with CFAR

Md. Sazzad Hossain, joint director of BCDJC has returned back to Bangladesh on 8 September 2003 after completing his on-the-job training in CFAR, India. Mr. Sazzad started for India on 22 of July and joined the six weeks internship programme in New Delhi on 26 July 2003 which was aimed to monitor gender representation in media content with focus on TV programmes.
Md. Sazzad worked on news and current affairs media monitoring capsule. At first he was briefed on the methodology developed by CFAR, its aims & objectives by Ms. Shailaja Vajpai, senior columnist of the Indian Express and consultant of CFAR; showed some transcribed news bulletins & tables, and briefed on how & why to fill those up. According to the mentor Mr. Sazzad transcribed tapes, catalogued them and then processed a small sample in a research data format. Thereafter, he analysed the data and wrote up a report, which was both qualitative and quantitative in nature.
He also worked on TV advertisement and fiction. Sazzad undertook a series of deconstruction on the both guided by Ms. Akhila Sivadas, Executive Director and Ms. Chaitali Dasgupta of CFAR.
Simultaneously, Sazzad went through CFAR monitoring studies and media research reports concerning news and current affairs, TV fiction and advertising. This helped him acquaint himself with the manner in which CFAR conducts media research and uses it to produce monographs and for the purposes of enriching its media advocacy.
Since the emphasis of media advocacy, Sazzad devoted him to the media activities of CFAR. Sazzad attended programmes organised or facilitated by CFAR in New Delhi and outside Delhi, which includes:
· "Impact of media violence on children" attended by 14 schools inside and outside Delhi on 26 July 2003 at Rajghat.
· Media education workshop for the journalism graduate students of Lady Shree Ram College of Delhi on 26 July 2003
· Sharing workshop with the eminent media critics, educators, journalists at the Indian International Centre (IIC) on 6 August. The objective of the workshop was to bring together a review panel that would help CFAR create a multidisciplinary linkage between Media and Communication Studies, Women’s Studies and other related disciplines, and share some research findings on TV fictions. The meeting was attended by (a) Patricia Uberoi, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University; (b) Dr. Susan Visvanathan (Professor), Centre for Studies of Social Systems (CSSS), School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) (c) Ms. Uma Chakravarty, Professor, Department of History, Delhi University (d) Shubhra Gupta, Film Critic with Indian Express (e) Sevanti Ninan, Media Columnist with Hindu (f) Manisha Choudhary, Freelancer- Development Consultant (g) Dr. Joy Deshmukh-Ranadive, Senior Fellow, Centre for Women’s Development Studies, 25, Bhai Vir Singh Marg, (h) Urvashi Butalia, Founder of Zubaan Publishing house.
· Sensitisation Workshop on HIV-AIDS for the print and electronic media journalists at Lucknow on 8 August 2003
· Media workshop "Depiction of Domestic Violence on Television" for the student of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi on 28 August. Post graduate and research scholars from various disciplines of JNU attended.
· Seminar : "A crisis in Media Ethics" organised by Prasar Bharati, in partnership with the School of convergence on 23 August at the Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
· Attended an international festival of reality films and forum on Broadcasting & Diversity OPEN FRAME’ 03 organised by PSBT and UNESCO.
During the latter part of his stay at CFAR, Sazzad interacted with several NGOs which have worked with CFAR in a variety of areas – The Naz Foundation (India) Trust, Parivartan, Women’s Feature Service, PANOS South Asia, National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS), Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative etc.

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