Digital literacy: New learning preferences

Out of the 32 grade 8 students present in the English language and literature class one day, everyone had done their assignment. This teacher was overjoyed as full homework turn-in within the given deadline is a rarity. The assignment was to find out the meanings of some ten words from a particular chapter and use them in their own sentences. As he went around the desks to corroborate the honesty of his students’ words concerning…

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An offer he couldn’t refuse

Feb 19, 2019- Last week, a satirical song directed at corruption, malpractices and social anomalies caught the attention of the government. But the song did not go down well with it. The satirical song ‘Lootna Sake Loot Kanchha’ by Pashupati Sharma includes a chorus that roughly translates as “If you can rob, you should rob; you can’t do it anywhere else in the world, but you’re free to rob in Nepal.” Within a few hours…

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Inclusive Community Radios

On February 13, the country is celebrating the 8th World Radio Day. The United Nations Assembly had proclaimed the World Radio Day in 2011 in commemoration of the first broadcast by the UN Radio in 1946. Local radio is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people, the disabled, the illiterate, women, farmers, youths and the poor. It is the mass media that reaches the widest audience in the world. In an era of…

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Implementation of minimum wage for working journalists not satisfactory

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Assessing media attack

Never have the Nepali news media come under such heavy fire in such frequency in public from both sides of the political divide as they experienced these past few months. Criticisms rained on them and scribes for their coverage and critical comments are insolently intolerant of a sector that is accorded a pride of place in the Preamble of the constitution. The Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) and the Press Council remain conspicuous by their…

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Press is completely free in Nepal – Prime Minister Oli

Davos (Switzerland, 23 January 2019 23) – Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said Nepal is a country that believes in democracy and where everything is under the Constitution. “We have brought tremendous changes in the field of democracy by abolishing an autocratic system to establish a federal democratic republic,” he added. Speaking as a panelist in a session on “Shaping the Future of Democracy” under the 49th meeting of the World Economic Forum here…

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Facebook to invest funds to support journalism, hard-hit media houses

Facebook announced today that it would invest $300 million over three years to support journalism, with an emphasis on promoting hard-hit local news organisations. The move, on the heels of a similar initiative by Google last year, comes with online platforms dominating the internet advertising ecosystem, making it harder for legacy news organisations to make a transition to digital. “People want more local news, and local newsrooms are looking for more support,” Campbell Brown, Facebook’s…

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Future will be heard

What explains the success of audio-journalism in the era of streaming videos that were once feared to capture our attention and decimate every competitor including print media? “The ear is more important than the eyes in terms of your thinking, your talking. [According to sound archivist Tony Swartz] the purpose of the advertising is to blind the eyes so we can talk to you through the ear. I think it is profoundly true. I did television…

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Press freedom anxiety

Even decades after multi-party democracy, which promised all the inherent tenets of the system, was ushered in the country, institutionalising press freedom is still proving to be problematic. Although governments, both past and present, have said they would respect freedom of the press, it seems only lip service is being paid to it, with them frequently trying to curb such freedom through legal instruments. The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) in a report has noted…

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Civil society and media: Give them their due

Civil society is considered to be one of the key players in a democracy, the people’s regime, to put forth the people’s voice in a more logical and judicial manner. But civil society is often misunderstood as an organisation that reaps donor-funded dollars. And neither should it be understood as an “establishment-friendly” organisation. Civil society, normally represented by the organisations that are engaged in advocating people’s rights, is the ‘third sector’ of society, which works…

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