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

‘Press Freedom in Nepal’ launched

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba launched ‘Press Freedom in Nepal‘, a book by Dr. Mahendra Bista, amidst a ceremony at Nepal Tourism Board Auditorium, Kathmandu on July 6. Authored by Dr. Bista, the president of Federation of Nepali Journalists, the book is published by the Shangrila Books Pvt Ltd in cooperation with Center for Media Research – Nepal (CMR-Nepal).

The book outlines the historical development of the concept of press freedom, contemporary principles of press freedom, the relationship between press freedom and democracy as well as analyzes press freedom in Nepal vis-a-vis the development of media and legal system.Continue reading