Katalyst and Dhaka University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch the first- ever Agriculture Journalism course in Bangladesh. The course aims to teach effective techniques and know-how of covering agricultural content to aspiring Television journalists.
The initiative will ultimately benefit rural farmers across Bangladesh: Research commissioned by Katalyst has shown that many rural farmers rely on Television as a source of agricultural information. However, farmers demand more informative and interactive content. The course will equip aspiring and practicing journalists with the knowledge and practical experience to cater to the needs of rural farmers by covering relevant agriculture content in appropriate ways and developing concepts to increase agriculture-related coverage in Bangladeshi Television.
The course, offered to students of the Department of Television and Film Studies (DTFS) in their Bachelor’s degree, has been jointly designed by Dhaka University and Professor William H. Allen from University of Missouri, who was appointed by Katalyst for his vast experience in Agro Journalism and course development. The initiative is part of Katalyst’s efforts in the Information Channels sector to ensure good quality skills among journalists who can enter the television industry and better cater to the information demands of farmers through improved production of farmer centric television news and program.