Future News Worldwide is a partnership programme between the British Council and some of the world's leading media organisations which identifies, trains and connects the next generation of global journalists. Each year the programme bring together 100 of the world's most talented, motivated and passionate aspiring reporters for an intensive media training programme with top editors, broadcasters, writers and reporters.
This year British Council Nepal called in applications and out of all the applications received, Ms. Reeti KC, an aspiring freelance journalist was selected to participate. Her article on "Chhaupadi", a tradition to banish women for bleeding during mensuration stood out and became the reason for her selection. Journalism is not taken as a lucrative job market so the choice does not come naturally. Only highly passionate people stick on with the profession. So the British Council in Nepal opted for the programme mainly to link the upcoming journalists of Nepal to the wider opportunities available in the network and also to inspire them to pursue their interest further. This further will contribute towards a quality pool of future young journalists in the country.
She specially was inspired by Ms. Carrie Gracie, BBC News Presenter and her words on the challenge for a young journalist of unboxing truth against the ones in power; and having a compass and a map, where the compass is truth and the map is our mission to educate, inform and entertain” Reeti came back to Nepal full of those inspiring words and more confident and excited to pursue journalism in Nepal.
“The conference exceeded my expectations and gave me so much more than what I had in mind,” Reeti shared.