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My journalism career scaled up to a new height when I was chosen to work at the Oslo-based Future In Our Hands for one year in 2006, under the Fredskorpset Volunteer Program which is a Peace Volunteer Exchange Program between Nepal and Norway.
In fact, it was the award for my agenda-setting and revealing television stories that I produced for Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ), an organization of environmental journalists that runs Radio Sagarmatha, South Asia's first community radio and produces Aankhijhyal Video Magazine that is broadcast from Avenues Television, a leading news channel of Nepal, once a week.
As Fredskorpset fellow, my responsibility was to give training on video documentations skills, editing, filming, and interviewing skill to the employees of Future In Our Hands. Yet I produced short news stories that were published at the websites of FIVH. Similarly, I got an opportunity to work at NORWATCH, a Norwegian news agency that reports on Norwegian company working abroad, while still being in Norway. Then I traveled to the Philippines, Indonesia and India to prepare short video reports on mining companies and climate change respectively. The reports on mining were broadcast by NRK1, the national television of Norway, while the climate change reports were broadcast via FIVH website and Avenues Television in Nepal as well. Overall, my experience in Norway enhanced my knowledge and skill as a television journalist.
As a fresh graduate, I started my career from Aankhijhyal Video Magazine Program of NEFEJ, which focuses on environmental and sustainable development issues, in 1996 as a reporter. My revealing and thought-provoking stories at the television program fetched an important opportunity to me. I was offered to work at Hakahaki Radio Magazine, one of the most popular programs of the time aired from state-owned Radio Nepal. I was the producer of that program from July 1999 to December 1999. This boosted my confidence, enhanced my experience and encouraged me to be more committed and hardworking.
In 2000, impressed by work at the radio, my former employer – NEFEJ – offered me to work at its audio visual department that produces the Aankhijhyal Video Magazine. As a senior reporter at NEFEJ since February 2000, my responsibility is to research possible issues for reporting, prepare a concept and produce documentary and reportage. Besides, I have to assist my subordinates to develop stories, finalize scripts and finalize video reports. I have also directed more than one dozen documentary films produced by NEFEJ. All were broadcasted through Aankhijhyal.
Besides being a television reporter, I am also a freelance documentary maker. I have directed more than half dozen documentary films on issues related to conflict, human rights and environmental issues. Some of them were broadcast by Sri Lanka-based Young Asia Television.
I, an MA in Sociology and a proficient in a ten-month journalism course from Nepal, am also involved in giving television reporting training at the community level and coordinating a number of trainings on television reporting.
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