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Kopila Siliguri Project of World Vision India organised 5- day workshops at Hotel North Point in Siliguri, 30 were imparted with writing and photography skills. Children were imparted with the basic skills of writing and photography. They were taught reporting and interviewing techniques, on-the site coverage, photo coverage, format, and layout designing of wall newspapers.Capitalising on the skills learnt during the workshop, children developed wall newspapers in Hindi and Bengali, which was unprecedented and first of its kind in Siliguri.




On MAY 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20, 2011at Hotel North Point, Siliguri, District: Darjeeling West Bengal


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35, Villa De Pasang, Abedananda Road, P. O. Pradhan Nagar, Dist. Darjeeling -734003

Background Kopila Siliguri Project of World Vision India works to create lasting change in the lives of children, families, and communities living in poverty and injustice in Darjeeling District. To harness the skills of 30 children living drawn from different slum colonies, WVI organised 5-day training workshop on child journalism and photography. 30 participants were imparted writing and photography skills in Hindi and Bengali using the Manual. In the 5- day workshops, 30 were imparted with writing and photography skills. Children were imparted with the basic skills of writing and photography. They were taught reporting and interviewing techniques, on-the site coverage, photo coverage, format, and layout designing of wall newspapers. Children developed eye catching wall newspapers on the last day of the workshop.

WORKSHOP ON CAPACITY BUILDING OF CHILDREN FROM SILIGURI JOURNALISM AND PHOTOGRAPHY Hotel North Point, Siliguri, May 16th to 20th, 2011 PROCEEDINGS While conducting workshops such as this one, in a classroom style the participants interest was kept intact. Though the turnover of the children participants was quite more as expected then also, it helped in quantifying the level of success and the workshop achieved in imparting and bolstering the skills of the participants. Based on our experiences we have managed to accumulate and cull over the years leading us to design and format this workshop in a way we felt would benefit the children in an optimal manner. Thus it was that it came about that the workshop as started at 9 am till 5.30 pm, with children coming from different colonies and localities of Siliguri to participate in the workshop on journalism and photography. The workshop was held over five consecutive days, each day comprising two intensive and highly interactive sessions. Not only were writing and photography skills imparted to the participants, but discussions on many core-issues and problems also took place. This was followed by the participants putting out designs and formulated content for wall newspapers ably assisted by the resource persons who had assembled at the venue to guide them through the process of skill acquisition and the deployment of skills so acquired at the community level. We give you here a graphical and succinct account of the workshop sessions in the narrative format, along with the impressions, observations, and recommendations that emerged out of this entire exercise.

16.5.2011, First Day:Amol Tshering, World Vision India (WVI) functionary based in Siliguri began the workshop with the introduction of Resource Persons, Tarun Kanti Bose, and Jagdish Yadav to the participants. Participants were children and adolescents drawn from Lenin Colony, BRI Colony, Pramod Nagar, Dharam Nagar, Koila Depot, and Ratan Lal Basti of Siliguri. Beginning the workshop, Shikha Bardewa, a WVI staff, lightened the lamp and asked the Resource Persons to light the lamp heralding auspicious opening of the workshop. After that, Benjamin Khasouso, Programme Officer of Kopila Siliguri Project, WVI, the main organiser welcomed Sanjay Pathak, Ward Councillor for his august presence in the opening of the workshop. Sanjay Pathak took the centrestage and asked the participants to excuse for his delay due to inclement weather. He expected that participants would get their skills

harnessed to optimal level so that it helps the community to which they belong in raising their voices. Then, Resource Persons and participants introduced themselves, which helped in getting to know each other informally. After this preliminary introduction, which set the scope and nature of the workshop in perspective for participants who were attending such a workshop for the first time, the activities began in earnest. Rupak Gurung, a WVI staff, requested the participants to follow the requisite norms required to run the 5-day workshop smoothly and efficiently. He asked the participants to be attentive, ask questions when they fail to understand and jot down in the notebook whenever it is necessary. Tarun Kanti Bose asked the participants to discuss among themselves and finalise the list of those, who would sum up the previous days activities and present it before the participants, when the session begins. Following names were finalised for daily briefings: 1st Days Report: Mohan Roy, Lenin Colony 2nd Days Report: Ranjib Roy, Pramod Nagar 3rd Days Report: Suraj Basfore, BRI Colony 4th Days Report: Santosh Sahni, Dharam Nagar 5th Days Report: Shafina Khatun, Koila Depot Tarun Kanti Bose divided the participants into six groups, as each group comprised of participants belonging to the same colony. Participants were asked to quickly compile a small list of issues that they considered were most important, ones that they would very much like to write about. Then, the participants were asked to identify the issues at the ground. The six groups took 45 minutes through with the exercise, and the following top-of-the-mind issues emerged: Child labour School Drop out Child marriage Non- functional Primary Health Centre, exorbitant private practitioners Water Scarcity Poverty Lack of playground or playing facilities Intoxication, Alcoholism & Gambling Schools having no boundary walls Funeral / cremation burning creating pollution After the group presentations, Tarun Kanti Bose launched the activities of the session asking the participants to delineate the importance of writing in their day-to-day activities. Participants spelled the following relevance of writing: 1. Writing is the best mode of expression

2. Writing develops crusading interest in digging out the fact 3. Writing helps in corroborating the fact and ascertaining the truth 4. Writing sharpens knowledge and evinces interest among the readers Then, the Resource Person explained participants the importance of wall newspaper, when the mainstream media fails to cover the issues at the ground. The wall newspaper helps to do the following: o By bringing to fore the issues at the ground it generates awareness among the people. o It activates officials, district administration and gram sabhas for resolving the problems. o One village or street inspires the neighbouring villages/streets to launch their wall newspapers.

Participants discussing their issues before writing in the chart paper prior to presentation

The issues in the group discussions emerging as topics on which the participants were asked to write on issues related to these topics, and submit their stories after being trained with the techniques of reporting and interviewing. The issues emerged as topics on which the participants were asked to write on issues related to these topics, and submit their stories after being trained with the techniques of reporting and interviewing. Beginning with the essentials, Tarun Kanti Bose told the participants to remember 5 Ws and 1 H. 5 Ws are Who. This is whom the action is about. Who is talking What. What happened? It usually includes a verb. When. Simply the day of the week, usually. Like where, it is a reference point for the reader. Sometimes more specific time is important to include.

Where. Leaving out where an event occurred confuses readers to no end. In covering news, you may be expected to include an address. Often it helps to include a landmark as well. Why. Hard to answer sometimes. It usually involves some discussion in the second or third paragraph of why the event seems to have occurred or why it is significant. 1 H is How. And sometimes how, which usually takes care of the storys middle. Then Tarun Kanti Bose asked the participants that whenever they go for reporting or interviewing they should write the 5Ws and 1 H in their notebook with lots of blank space between 5 Ws and 1 H. Before finishing an interview or reporting, go down that list and make sure the blanks are filled. Participants were led to the tips of reporting in Hindi and Bengali. The tips were as follows: Taking Notes: While reporting whatever information you gather do write down in your note book. Dont let the jargon get into your notebook. Avoid words, expressions, and phrases that are known only to people with specific knowledge or interests. You to keep in mind that most of your readers are either unlettered or semi-literate. You have to use simple words and expressions so that able to build up a rapport with the readers. Keep the colours in: Keep the colourful details that would give life to the story. Its not only what people say thats important, but also how they say it. Consider this: Asked how he would handle council members who disagreed with him, Chairman Sunder Mohan looked his questioner straight in the eye, grinned, and formed his right hand in the shape of a gun, letting his thumb drop like a hammer. He didnt say a word. Do not forget people: Remember that people like to read more about people and their issues than about things. Such as, Critics of the government housing project say it would pollute the river water and undermine the livelihood of the residents has less impact than critics of the government housing project it would kill the fish in the river and put fishermen out of work. Report both (all) sides: Every story has more than one side to it. In the interest of balance and fairness, talk to all parties concerned and report their views. Identify the issues: Prior to the reporting a meeting needs to be organised so that you know what you have to do. In this meeting all the activists should be called so that th


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