CMR-Nepal signs MoU with Dibyabhumi College for research collaboration

The Center for Media Research – Nepal (CMR-Nepal) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dibyabhumi Multiple College (DMC), an affiliate college of the Tribhuvan University, for the cooperation and support in academic growth and media research works.

CMR-Nepal chairman Bhuwan KC and DMC chairman Pramod Shah signed the MoU in presence of Programs Manager Ujjwal Prajapati and the Head at the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication at the DMC Trishna Acharya.

DMC runs the Bachelor’s Program in Journalism and Mass Communication, affiliated to Nepal’s oldest and largest university.

The MoU mentions that CMR-Nepal and DMC will share knowledge and expertise in media; and CMR-Nepal will provide DMC students opportunities to participate in its researches and activities as well as internships opportunities.

After signing the MoU, CMR-Nepal chair KC said: “The CMR-Nepal is always open to collaborate to support and advances media researches in Nepal. Such collaboration will definitely help to enhance the capacity of students in media researches and we are happy to initiate a new beginnings for the future prospects.”

DMC chair Shah commented: “Collaboration and cooperation is key to 21st century academic and research activities as it helps students to turn their potential into excellence through enriched practical research skills along with theoretical knowledge.”

Summary of the findings of the Nepal Twitter Users Survey 2017 released

The Center for Media Research – Nepal published the Nepal Twitter Users Survey 2017: Summary of the Findings.

The survey, conducted in December 2017 among 865 respondents, is the continuation of the similar survey conducted in 2013 and 2015.

The survey is on three broad areas: 1. demographics of Nepali Twitter users, 2. Twitter users’ opinions about the microblogging platform, and 3. psychology of Twitter users on use of Twitter.

To download the report, go to Resources / Download page.

“CMR fellowship laid foundation for my career”

(Sudeep Uprety, who currently works as Research Uptake and Impact Coordinator for Nepal, GAGE Programme, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London, UK, was a CMR-Nepal Research Fellow 2012-13. On CMR-Nepal’s request, he sent us  his reflections and experience of the fellowship.)

It all started with a random discovery of call for fellowship from CMR-Nepal in the spring of 2013 which I got interested in. I had no high hopes for getting the fellowship as I had just completed by Masters level studies in Conflict, Peace and Development Studies (CPDS) and was on the course of writing my thesis for the accomplishment of the degree. Particularly the fellowship excited me with the reason that I was thinking of writing my thesis on linking security discourses in Nepal during the post-conflict situation from media lens.

Few days later, when I submitted the application, I got an email from CMR-Nepal that I was selected for the fellowship. It was a great news for me as I was excited to learn more about the art and craft of media research from seasoned experts and other fellowship colleagues. My acceptance of the fellowship also particularly showed the flexibility, openness and the spirit of empowerment that CMR-Nepal team had in terms of capacitating young students like me, who had no previous background as a journalist or a media researcher.Continue reading

Open Discussion on “Social Media, Youth and Political Participation”

Center for Media Research Nepal (CMR-Nepal),, with support from FES-Nepal, organized a discussion program on Social Media, Youth and Political Participation on 29th October, 2017 in Lalitpur. The discussion program aimed to explore and identify issues and trends of youth using social media for political participation. It also aimed to exchange experiences of social media uses and discuss and identify strategies for effective use of social media by youths for their political engagement.

The program was participated by more than 70 youths from different sectors including youth politicians, activists, social media users, advocates, entrepreneurs, academics, and journalists.Continue reading

Need for Digital Safety Awareness & Skills for Nepali Journalists

During last two weeks, CMR-Nepal conducted five digital safety sessions to more than 100 journalists (more than half of them journalist women) – at trainings organized by Nepal Forum for Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ), Radio Sagarmatha (the pioneer community radio in the region), Sancharika Samuha (one each at Nagarkot and Bhairahawa) and Center for Investigative Journalists (CIJ) Nepal. Here are three observations from these sessions: a. Nepali journalists are not fully aware of digital security risks; b. Nepali journalists are not practicing basic digital safety techniques; and c. Nepali journalists need awareness and skills of digital safety.Continue reading