"I never thought I would ever learn Journalism. Yes, my son bothered me a bit, but I would have missed so much had I not come." Twenty-three years old Rinky Devi chuckles with Joy after completing four days journalism workshop organised in the capital city of Indian State Jharkhand, Ranchi.
Rinky attended this workshop holding her one and half years old son in arms. She is from the village of Dogodeeh, which is around 30 km away from Ranchi. She adds, "I realised that Publishing a newspaper is a tedious job. I would be happy to see my by-line in the newspaper."
JLPS & Gaon Connection's Join Efforts
This Community Journalism workshop was organised by a joint initiative of Jharkhand Livelihood Promotion Society and Gaon Connection. Members of women self-help group "Sakhi Mandal", were selected from six districts. Around 25 more ladies such as Rinky benefitted from this workshop.
This community journalism workshop was organised to train rural women on raising local issues of far-off places generally neglected from mainstream media.
Sadeshwari Mahto, 22 years old girl of Paschim Sinhbhoom district says, " I learned about writing, intro, heading and by-line of news. Also, they told about selecting news and what's important for news."
Sandeshwari was speaking with confidence in front of a camera on the fourth and last day of workshop whereas she was hesitant to even talk on the very first day.
Rural Women Empowerment
These trained community journalists also shared their workshop experiences on Facebook live.
This workshop was a second joint venture of Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society and India's Rural Journalism organisation, Gaon Connection. These women felt empowered learning identifying rural issues, writing news, wring stories about change and clicking photographs.
Around 30 women from 15 different districts of Jharkhand attended the first such workshop held in July 2018 in Dhanbad district. Both the workshops received an overwhelming response from participating women. Women trained in the first workshop have sent many news items which would soon be published in Sakhi Mandal's newsletter.
"Our aim is to bring those problems and news in limelight which never get media attention otherwise. Your pieces would get a chance to be published and this would strengthen your livelihood. We would conduct more workshops from time to time." Jharkhand state livelihood promotion society's knowledge management and communication program manager Kumar Vikas told while addressing the workshop.