Nepal Investigative Multimedia Journalism Network (NIMJN) is a Nepal-based non-profit that investigates social justice issues primarily migration, human trafficking, crime, and corruption to hold the people in power accountable. It provides advanced investigative multimedia reporting training and mentorship for journalists to produce collaborative investigative stories. NIMJN is a member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and a new partner organization of The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).
Rajneesh Bhandari is the founder, chief editor, and CEO of NIMJN. He oversees investigations, fundraising, and training at NIMJN.
Rajneesh is an award-winning and experienced multimedia journalist, investigative reporter, filmmaker, and educator who has worked with major news outlets around the world. His multimedia work on different issues have appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, Aljazeera, AJ+, BBC Reel, Contrast VR, NPR, and other outlets.
Prior to this, he was the executive director, program director, and investigations editor at the Media Foundation. He led the “Strengthening the capacity of Nepali Journalists in Investigative Reporting” (SCNJIR) program that trained and edited the work of 60 journalists on social justice issues.
He has worked as the Multimedia Editor for the European Journalism Center-supported news website and data/multimedia editor for Journalists for Transparency’s investigative reporting website J4T.org which is supported by Transparency International. His best-known investigative story that was aired on Kantipur Television Network showed how some of the lawmakers were misusing their diplomatic passports. He studied investigative reporting, data journalism, and documentary filmmaking at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism as a Fulbright Humphrey Fellow and graduated in Multimedia Journalism from Ateneo De Manila University and has earned a Master’s in Mass Communication and Journalism and Political Science from Tribhuvan University in Nepal.
Ujjwal Jyoti Shakya is a senior admin and finance officer at NIMJN where he oversees financial and administrative management.
Earlier, he worked as an admin and finance officer at the Media Foundation. In past, he worked in a project of Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN) funded by DFID and a consortium of organizations comprising RRN, World Food Program, and Oxford Policy Management. He has 15 years of experience in the field of admin and finance.
Additionally, he also worked with the National Centre for AIDS and STD Control (NCASC) and PP Pradhan & Co., a leading public accountancy firm in Nepal.
Bina Majakoti is a program and admin associate at the NIMJN. She was a program associate at the Nepal Education Development Center which promotes education for the marginalized community.
She also worked as a peace educator at the Children's World Peace Organization (CWPO) for three years. She is doing her Master's degree in Public Policy and Management from
Kathmandu University. Her areas of interest include learning new things in the development sector, investigating social inclusion issues, and creative writing.
Kamashi Sharma Pokhrel is a program officer at NIMJN. Earlier, she worked as a program assistant for the Strengthening the Capacity of Nepali Journalist in Investigative Reporting (SCNJIR) program at Media Foundation.
She also worked with the Family Planning Association of Nepal, PSI/Nepal, Equal Access, and Antenna Foundation Nepal. She studied MBS (Master of Business Studies) and is currently doing a bachelor's in law program from the Tribhuvan University of Nepal.
Deebya Dhital (2021) is a digital marketing specialist and an intern at NIMJN. Deebya has done Bachelors In Computer Information System(BCIS) from Pokhara University. She has completed her digital marketing training from Broadway Infosys. At NIMJN's Innovation Lab Deebya is exploring multimedia, photo and video editing, and digital marketing strategies.
Aashish Neupane(2021) is a software engineer and an intern at NIMJN's Innovation Lab. Aashish has done Bachelors in Software Engineering from Pokhara University. He has worked on projects like Twitter Sentiment Analysis, Bit-bucket Analytics, Crime Report, and Missing Person Finder Application(Android). At NIMJN he is exploring front-end development and graphics design.
Namuna Lamichhane is an environmental enthusiast and an intern(2022) at NIMJN (Nepal Investigative Multimedia Journalism Network). She completed her bachelor's in Environmental Science from Tri-Chandra Multiple Campus, Ghataghar Kathmandu. She has worked as a field intern in ENPROSC and as an intern in Biodiversity Nepal. At NIMJN’s Innovation Lab, she is exploring environmental science, environmental journalism, and its various aspects such as climate change, biodiversity, and pollution.