Three Bangladeshi youths have been selected as the ‘most promising young journalists’ from more than 2,500 worldwide applicants.
Each of the three secured a place at Future News Worldwide, a prestigious international media conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 4 - 7 July, said a news release issued in Dhaka on Monday.
The three promising youngsters are Myat Moe Khaing, trainee at Grameenphone, Norma Hilton, student of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia, and Jawwad Shadman Siddique, student of Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET).
The British Council network selected them through vigorous screening procedures and based on their qualifications and applications in response to the Future News Worldwide online campaign earlier this year. The applicants showed their passion towards journalism, said the release.
The three Bangladeshis will be joining fellow aspiring reporters from 50 countries for an intensive three-day learning programme.
“With the media itself increasingly the subject of news headlines, the event presents a timely opportunity to focus on the universal values of objectivity, balance and evidence that underpin the profession,” said the news release.
Topics under the lens, it said, will include storytelling and the challenges facing journalism in the digital age.
Developed by the British Council, working in partnership with some of the world's leading media organisations, the conference identifies, trains and connects the next generation of international journalists by giving them rare access to insights from leading global media professionals.
Taking place at the Scottish Parliament, Future News Worldwide offers a major international contribution to Scotland’s ‘Year of Young People’ as a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for the next generation of top journalists to hone their skills and make global connections, said the release.
“The Conference is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other future leaders in media and development across the world. These three participants not only represent Bangladesh’s promising youth, they have demonstrated their passion for journalism and enthusiasm to build strong connections with the next generation of media leaders in other countries. This conference and fabulous networking opportunity will help them develop the journalism skills needed to create a positive impact in their fields when they return home," said Barbara Wickham, director at British Council in Bangladesh.
Participant Jawwad Shadman Siddique said, “Never underestimate the power of a voice. When you have a voice, you could make a difference. Future News Worldwide acknowledges the existence of aspiring journalists who have the potential to make a difference through their voice. I feel overwhelmed to be a part of this platform.”
Mark Wood, former editor-in-chief of Reuters and chair of the Future News Advisory Board, said, "At a time when the demand for trustworthy news has never been greater, this conference will help plant the roots of dependable, quality journalism in countries around the world."