Organized jointly by Kantipur City College and Bournemouth University, UK, a 3-day webinar on disaster journalism and crisis communication has concluded today.
Senior media expert Prof Rama Krishna Regmee delivered talk on what is crisis, why crisis communication, role of media during crisis and preparations for disaster reporting during the webinar.
“This Covid-19 pandemic is a public health crisis primarily,” he added, “and this makes it different than any other disasters.”
Bournemouth University professor Chindu Sreedharan shared theoretical aspects of disaster journalism. He, along with another professor Einar Thorsen, had studied Nepalese media in the aftermath of 2015 Gorkha earthquake. They have some publications on the same to their credit.
The webinar also featured sessions by broadcaster Janardan Bista on different issues of disaster journalism, journalist Yek Raj Pathak on the dynamics of crisis communication during Covid-19 pandemic, media educator Shreeman Sharma (Bigyan) on safety issues, and Rajiv Timalsina and Abhas Dharananda Rajopadhyaya on effects of lockdown and social distancing on disaster journalism.
The program was attended by graduate-level students, graduates, and journalists, researchers and media analysts, among others.
Chairman of Kantipur City College Suman Katwal, Managing Director Pralhad Karki and Principal Raju Kattel too addressed the program.