Bangladeshi Media Professionals Exchange Program
The U.S. State Departmentâ€™s grant-based exchange program brings together the high achieving media professionals of Bangladesh and U.S., allowing not only professional developments and exposure to best practices, but also paving the way to harness the power of media to strengthen democracy, accountability and good governance.
Center for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) of BRAC University, in association with the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication of University of Oklahoma, and funded by the U.S. State Departmentâ€™s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairsâ€™ “Professional Fellows” program, hosted a 6-week professional development experience in the United States that includes a professional fellowship placement at an American news organization. The first â€œBangladeshi Media Professionals Exchange Programâ€ was held in April 2013, another was organized in October 2013.
This program injected Bangladeshi journalists and educators into working news organizations in Oklahoma and associated them with one of Americaâ€™s leading journalism schools.
The program aimed to provide professional experience and training that will nurture Bangladeshi media professionalsâ€™ talent and prepare them for more responsible leadership positions within their news organizations as they return to Bangladesh. In addition, the program provided U.S.-based media professionals and educators an opportunity to collaborate with their Bangladeshi counterparts as they participate in a 3-week exchange to Bangladesh in June 2013 and January 2014.
Through this program, 18 Bangladeshi media professionals spent 5 weeks on various professional assignments as well as a media house placement in the U.S. The program also brought 12 U.S. media professionals to Bangladesh who spent a 10-day stint making professional calls and visits to Bangladeshi press and media organizations (both private and government owned).
Through this program, participants became specifically able to:
– Learn about news production and presentation in the United States through a three-week professional placement in a working news organization;.
– Gain exposure to a variety of American media organizations in Oklahoma and Washington, D.C.;
– Gain valuable knowledge for these professional experiences through conceptual lectures, discussions and exercises to expose them to role of the media in American society, media ethics, media management practices, news-gathering strategies, the role of social media and technological innovation;
– Participate in weekly face-to-face feedback sessions with University of Oklahoma faculty to reflect on their professional experiences for that week;
– Participate in rich, diverse cultural experiences that represent Oklahomaâ€™s unique environment, especially the Native American experience, and exposure to American family life in a variety of settings;
– Become acquainted with the Bangladeshi-American community in the Oklahoma City area;
– Have the opportunity to reconnect with Oklahoma media professionals and academics who will make reciprocal visits to Dhaka; and
– Get connected to a network of Bangladeshi fellows, professional placement providers and university faculty through social networking to facilitate ongoing discussion and exchange.