Nepal Investigative Multimedia Journalism Network (NIMJN) organized its first webinar on the safety of visual journalists reporting COVID-19.
In the first session of the webinar Dr. Milesh Jung Sijapati, associate professor, head at the Department of Internal Medicine, consultant pulmonologist and infectious disease expert from KIST Teaching Hospital spoke about the safety of visual journalists reporting COVID-19. He spoke on the use of PPE, on properly sanitizing the equipment and cameras and on the importance of maintaining physical distance.
In the second session, Amantha Perera, researcher from Creative Arts Research Training Academy, CQ University, Australia spoke on self-care during the time of a pandemic. Perera is also the Asia-Pacific Coordinator for the DART Center for Journalism and Trauma.
In the last session, Dhruba Prasad Acharya, Phd, co-founder of Pragya Management Group, practitioner of appreciative inquiry and Fulbright Humphrey alumn spoke about mental well-being.
He suggested following questions to reflect upon:
- What am I grateful for today?
- Who am I connecting with today?
- What expectations of "normal" am I letting go of today
- How am I connecting with Nature today?
- What yoga, meditation, exercise am I doing today?
- What beauty am I creating, cultivating, or inviting today?
- What act of kindness/goodness am I doing or planning to do today?
25 plus participants attend this webinar. Mr. Rajneesh Bhandari, global multimedia journalist and founder of NIMJN moderated the event. The webinar aimed to build and develop safety practices among journalists as well as encourage them to follow safety protocols during field reporting.