Thursday, December 20, 2007

Community Journalism in Bangladesh is in its Infancy

Community journalism is not just a topic of interest in the United States. A few weeks ago, I received this e-mail from a journalist in Bangladesh.

I am working with the largest Bangladeshi news portal In Bangladesh for the very first time we have introduced the concept of community journalism and I am in-charge of it.

As it's a new concept in Bangladesh, we like to have your suggestions and advice.

We want to make sure that every person should know what is happening around them, as their rights for information. The community people will also take part in our news gathering system through SMS, MMS, VOICE MAIL from their cell phone.

Here in Bangladesh the main stream news papers and the local news paper also ignore the community news. We want to change the scenario. To make this approach smooth and easy for the community people, you may suggest us to build up a suitable policy.

If you kindly allow me, I would like to make further contact with you for you kind advice to promote the concept among all the communities of Bangladesh to ensure their rights about information.



Mahbub e-mailed me because he read an article I wrote about community journalism that is available online at

If you are interested in sharing some advice with Mahbub, check out his website and correspond with him.


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