Dechen Wangmo, Paro
Nov 16, 2018
The UN Resident Coordinator, Gerald Daly, announced the creation of the best development story category at the closing of the first-ever One United Nations Media Workshop held in Paro over the last two days.
“We want to support journalism in Bhutan. We also want to get out good stories about the great development work that is happening here in Bhutan,” UN Resident Coordinator Gerald Daly said.
The award is to recognise the importance of the role of development journalism in a developing country like Bhutan.
The Director of the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan, Derk Segaar, taught development journalism to Bhutanese journalists at the One UN Media Workshop.
Development journalism, he says, essentially means in-depth and well-researched stories about issues that are long-term and affect the common people.
Derk Segaar explained how development journalism differs from everyday quick-fire reportage and its importance for Bhutan.
“With news, people get stuck in day-to-day stories. They know what happened yesterday and what is about to happen tomorrow.”
But some of the biggest challenges the ordinary people in Bhutan face are longer term issues, he says.
“The issues include health, education, environment, nutrition, food security and all kind of issues that are much longer term. They are at the heart of what is really important for ordinary people in Bhutan,” Derk Segaar said.
He added it’s important to tell those stories and that the United Nations in Bhutan is looking forward to working closely with the media in Bhutan to bring these issues to life and change the lives of the Bhutanese.
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