GUWAHATI, Nov 16 - Aaranyak, in its endeavour to promote environmental journalism in the region, organised the second training in the series titled ‘Understanding Biodiversity and Environmental Issues for Better Reportage’ in Tezpur University and Nameri National Park on November 12 and 13.
The training, initiated by the Media Production and Communications Division of Aaranyak was organised in collaboration with the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism of Tezpur University with participation of students of Masters programme in Mass Communication and Journalism as well as Communication for development.
The first day of the training comprised of a field trip to Nameri National Park on November 12, where a basic orientation on the protected area was given by Nameri Range Officer Debasish Buragohain and thereafter, the students were taken to a nature track inside the park.
From Aaranyak, Udayan Borthakur, Munmita Boruah and Kukil Gogoi coordinated various aspects of the training while Dr Manoj Deuri and Dr Jonali Deka, faculty members of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism of Tezpur University along with 13 students participated in the field trip.
The second day of the training was held at the screening hall of the department with the participation of 34 students of the department. The Head of the Department, Dr Joya Chakraborty welcomed Aaranyak’s initiative in organising the training. Udayan Borthakur provided an overview on the purpose of the training, spoke about various activities of Aaranyak in the field of nature conservation and delivered a talk on overview and significance of biodiversity.
Dr Partha Jyoti Das, senior environmental scientist and Head of Water Climate and Hazard Division of Aaranyak spoke on the basics of climate change and other associated issues with special reference to North East India. Sushanta Talukdar, senior journalist and chief editor of NEZINE.COM spoke on effective approaches to reporting environmental issues with special emphasis on multimedia storytelling through the digital platforms.