What aspects of biodiversity are you most interested in?
Agriculture, Biotechnology, Communicating biodiversity, Climate change, Ecosystem services, Endangered species, Forests, Poverty and biodiversity, Protected areas, Trade and biodiversity, Traditional knowledge, Urban biodiversity, Wetlands
What languages do you speak?
English and Bangla
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I am an environmental reporter based in Dhaka. Currently, I am working for United News of Bangladesh (UNB), the largest private-sector news agency in Bangladesh, as a Senior Correspondent.
Over the course of my attachment with UNB - since 2009 - I have been focusing broadly on environmental and development issues - within which like water, climate change, earthquake, disaster management, forest management, wildlife, indigenous issues, urbanisation, poverty, food, agriculture, slum dwellers and street children. All UNB correspondents working out of the Dhaka bureau are required to file at least one story per working day, and in meeting that requirement, one can safely presume scores of my stories doing the rounds. Dozens of my special news stories on climate change, environmental pollution and unplanned urbanisation were released from my news agency in last couple of years.
In recognition of what management termed my ‘outstanding’ contribution to the news agency, I was the proud recipient of UNB’s in-house ‘Reporter of the Year’ honour in 2013.
I also write for the Dhaka Courier, the country’s leading English-language newsweekly, and a sister concern of the UNB. Starting from 2010, I have reported for the magazine regularly on environmental issues, as well as conservation.
Previously I had worked for two English dailies in Bangladesh. I started my journalism career as a correspondent with the Bangladesh Observer, the country’s oldest newspaper with roots in the aftermath of the 1947 Partition, in 2004 - while I was still a sophomore at university, and continued my association with them till 2009. In between I also worked for the New Nation, as a contributor for nearly two years starting in January 2007.
I also worked for Asia360, a Singapore-based weekly magazine with a focus across Asia (now defunct), from November 2011 to December 2012. Working as its Bangladesh correspondent, my contribution each week comprised the Bangladesh section in the magazine - usually a main item, supplemented by a summary of other news. This represented a new challenge for me, as I had to step out of my comfort zone reporting on the things I knew well, and carry out a survey each week to identity the top news event of the week through news-tracking of the local dailies, before writing news analysis and news story on the most dominant issue of the week.
I also had the privilege of working with UNDP’s Urban Partnership for Poverty Reduction Programme in Dhaka as a media fellow from February 2012 to January 2013.
Another media fellowship, this time with Oxfam, was more specific as well as limited in its perspective - the vulnerability of Dhaka City in the event of a catastrophic earthquake, undertaken over a 6-week period in 2013. More than the output that managed to come out of that period, it allowed me to deepen my network of sources in the development field. These days, I also work with Oxfam Bangladesh as a consultant on urban disasters, climate change, etc.
In order to continue what I like to think of as an orderly and gradual evolution through my profession, as my next step I hope to enrich my journalism with some meaningful international exposure - be it training or an actual placement at a reputed institute. Training at an international training institute on journalism will not only improve my own skills-set, but also help my employers ensure internationally accepted standards of journalism.
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