The Nutrition Unit of Eminence has taken the initiative to organize capacity development course on “Journalism for Policy Change Development” for young and mid- level journalists of leading print and electronic media. The objective of this initiative is to enhance the capacity of the young and mid level journalists to catalyze intermediation on policy change development. The broader goal is to stimulate a well concerted attention of high level policy makers toward most important issues of development. Under this initiative the first session took place at Michael Latham Conference Centre, Eminence on February 02, 2013.
Scheduled to take place on four subsequent Saturday, the initiative is designed into four modules on different dimensions and perspectives of development journalism. The participants of this course included young and entry level journalists from leading print and electronic media.
The session was chaired by Dr. Kazi Maruful Islam, Chairperson, Eminence. Other speakers of this session included Mr. Zahidul Islam, News Editor of BTV; Mr. Saidur Rahman Saeed, News Presenter of S. TV, UK and Mr. Khairuzzaman Kamal, Sr.Reporter of BSS.
Defining the session as “Not a training session nor an academic session but a mix”, Dr. Maruful Islam presented the course outline and presented the topic. In his session, Dr. Maruf defined development as growth in economy with equity that involves the mental, behavioral and attitude development besides factors like per capital income, education, life expectancy, Gross National Income (GNI). Mr. Kamal on the other hand discussed “the Role of media in development”. He divided development into two- aspects: one includes intangible/ non- material aspects like awareness, thoughts, behavioral and the second one refers to tangible/ material aspects like road, bridge, building and other infrastructures. He argued that media can play the role in bringing change in the software development.
Mr. Saeed stated that through enhancing skills among Journalist, the initiative can help journalist to entice the attention of the policy makers and respective audience to the issue of development. Mr. Zahid cited “identifying the key development issues” is the basic step for Development Journalism. While sharing his own experience, he came up with “Role of BTV in Development: A Case Study” by placing several examples from past. He talked about how BTV has successful in presenting evidence based information on development and health issues like Arsenic contaminated water over the years to its vast audiences. The participants also shared their views and suggestions on young journalists can play more very vibrant role in this respect. The participants will be given certificates upon the completion of all four modules.
As its continuation of arranging in-house professional training or workshop, Eminence has organized intermediate and advanced level training on Microsoft Word. Facilitated by Ms. Shusmita Hossain Khan, the training attempts to improve the capacity of using Microsoft Word in very matured and professional manner.
Held at Michael Latham Conference Centre, Eminence, the training session is primarily based on evaluation, class task demonstration, and practical sessions on specific problems. Rather than being issue intensive, the training is problem intensive which puts the participants into the problem. This approach in fact has been a very motivation factor for the participants.
The common problems that have been addressed in the training include Line Spacing, Indenting Page number, Detail Activities of Ribbon Track Changing, Margin & Indenting, Page setup, Table formation, Diagram Alignment (Text, Figure, Picture), using Bullet & Insert etc.
The arrangement of in-house training on Microsoft Word reflects what organizational philosophy Eminence takes for continuous professional development of the professionals. Eminence believes, in order to facilitate optimum capacity building and professional development, rigorous training on problem approach is a prerequisite. Eminence believes not only in conducting research on specific health or development centred issue, but also in creating genuine leadership through in long run can generate greater contribution for the society.
This capacity development programme will be ended with a post evaluation test to measure the development of the professionals.
As the initial deployment of resources in community level, Eminence caters training for its Upozilla coordinator under the Revitalization of Community Health Care Initiatives in Bangladesh (RCHCIB) formerly known as Community Clinic Project under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
Eminence believes in progressive growth of human capacity and thus it emphasizes on reflexive capacity building approach for continuous professional development. The courses are designed and standardized in view to provide participants with new knowledge in combination with tools for direct application in their own operations.
For continuous professional development, rigorous in house training is prerequisite. Installing this rationale at the heart, Eminence arranges different rigorous in-house trainings round the year. As its continuation, Eminence has undertaken an in-house training on website development and maintenance required for multidisciplinary research intelligence.
The training conducted by Md. Zahirul Hoque includes web design, web content development, client liaison, client-side/server-side scripting, web server and network security configuration, and e-commerce development. It also includes non-design aspects of building web sites: writing markup and coding from the simplest static single page of plain text to the most complex web-based internet applications, electronic businesses, or social network services.
The training is held at Professor Michael Latham Training Centre of on every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 3 pm to 5 pm.
In the training, primary concepts of web development, details, abbreviations of some technical words, home page development, and lay out designing are offered.
In addition to giving basic knowledge of web development and maintenance, the training is designed to enrich IT knowledge of Eminence’ professionals to bring more professional development.