'Mobile journalism helps coverage of vulnerable groups during pandemic'

Speakers at a virtual discussion said the necessity of using mobile technology in covering news of vulnerable groups has increased during pandemic.

The Department of Media Studies & Journalism (MSJ) of ULAB and Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF Bangladesh) jointly organised the e-talk on 'Using Mobile Technology to Cover Vulnerable Groups in a Pandemic' on Thursday.

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During the webinar,the speakers discussed the necessity of using mobile technology during the pandemic from journalistic and communication perspective, said a press release.

Describing ethical issues of reporting during ongoing COVID-19 crisis, editor in chief of Gazi TV Syed Ishtiaque Reza said responsible and ethical journalism is vital to the reporting of COVID-19.

He emphasised on the importance of empathy and humanity in this challenging situation.

UNDP Dhaka office’s head of communication Abdul Quayyum said quality of vulnerable group people’s life is declining in Bangladesh as the country is fighting not only with COVID-19 pandemic but also with natural disasters.

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Shakil Ahmed, Head of news of 71 TV, mentioned how mobile technology is changing the face of broadcast media.

The media sector of the country is also changing with the technological development, he said.

Senior reporter of Prothom Alo Mansura Hossain discussed using mobile technology as a reporter’s main tool to cover news stories of vulnerable people.

ULAB’s head of MSJ department Jude William R Genilo started the webinar with his welcoming speech while FNF Bangladesh's country representative Najmul Hossain spoke about significant role of journalists during the ongoing pandemic.

Assistant professor of the ULAB’s MSJ department Kabil Khan moderated the webinar.