Category Archives: ACFJ

iPad Books Will Reshape Multimedia

Finally, my iPad book, Living With Autism, a multi-touch book has been published on iTunes. The iPad, for me, is a good platform to tell multimedia stories. But I faced many challenges publishing from Nepal.

For seven years as a journalist, I worked on a television station in Nepal; I also wrote for print, online, blogs, and on social media. No platform has been as effective in telling a simple story than the iPad. It’s quite interesting with the flexibility it provides – one can include photo galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, and more. The iBooks Author app, which allows users to create books on the iPad, is an easy-to-use software that has helped me design, layout and publish the book. Living with Autism, free to download for iPad, is divided into five sections and is supplemented by infographics, photos, video, text and social media elements.

Autism is a life-long neuro-developmental disorder. The United Nations has said that autism is growing as a global health crisis. But many people in Nepal don’t know about autism because we lack awareness programs.
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Should mobile phones be the primary reporting tool in a converged newsroom?

Certainly it’s the mobile phone that I believe will do more wonders as a reporting tool in a converged newsroom. With the latest I-phones and android phones mobiles are already doing wonders in the newsroom.

According to Nepal Telecommunication Authority 50 percent of Nepal’s population are now using mobile phones. There are 13,354,477 mobile users in Nepal out of which 12,498,243 are GSM users and 856,234 are CDMA users.
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Why Citizen Journalism?

OhMyNews says, “every citizen is a reporter”. This site, established in 2000, runs by the content generated
from South Koreans and citizens of other nations and only 20 percent of the content comes from its employed staff. Citizen journalism has become really popular in the 21st century and with social media and social network citizen journalism is rocking. And in Nepal it’s progressing.
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The best tools I have encountered for doing journalism

Considering the ratio at which the developmental activities as well as political scenario is shaping up in Nepal in the recent time the advancement made in the sector of information technology is rather praiseworthy. This very leap in the sector of information technology has exposed technocrats and most importantly media persons to wide range of technological devices and make their news/output more productive. Right from print media, to television as well as online media technological devices such as mobile phone has turned out to be the most effective tool for reporting. Media person today tweet about the last happening for online as well as television broadcast through their mobile phones. Furthermore in a country like ours which has to face frequent that too prolonging power cuts, mobile phone is one device that has minimized the worries of journalists like me.
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Successful convergence news operations in Nepal

Converged media in Nepal are getting faster, popular and stronger. Following things have improved in the past few years in the converged news operation in Nepal.

1. Speed: News are updated as soon as the important events happen in the converged news media. In the earlier days the online didn’t use to update news as they are doing now. and other converged media generally update their content as soon as the event happen in Nepal.
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What could be the way out for televisions during the power cut?

Last updated on Jan 26, 2012.
Last year, Kantipur Television introduced lantern bulletin to highlight powercut in the country. Though the aim was to pressurize the government, power cut hasn’t decreased in Nepal. Instead it is increasing. (Here is a video report brodcasted on NTDTV about Nepal power shortage.)

Moreover televisions are facing a major problem because of the power cut. KTV has again launched lantern bulletin this year as well on Jan 24, 2012. So far 34 television channels have got license to operate/broadcast in Nepal and a dozen are currently on air. Continue reading

Social Media connects audience

(Caption: Rajneesh Bhandari taking picture of India Gate, New Delhi. Photo by Ravi Bajpai.)
Kathmandu: A senior camera man called me “Nepali Kuire”, meaning Nepali foreigner. I was carrying a Canon 550 D camera while i was covering a special meeting of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai with deputy Prime Minister and home minister Bijay Kumar Gachhadar recently. For him i looked like a foreigner, with a camera hanging on my neck and holding a notebook and pen.
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Witnessing the history

Six years of television journalism career has given me many experiences, unforgettable moments, adventurous lifestyle and a learning habit.

Ever since i started my internship in Kantipur Television there has been no looking back for me. In my initial days i reported about the historical April movement that ended monarchy and established republican form of government in Nepal. Working for television has given me opportunities to unfold stories on corruption, national security, defense, conflict, crime and other investigative stories.

It’s interesting to witness the history, write about it and also tell it to people.
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