Asian Perspective and Network

(CMR-Nepal vice-president Bhuwan KC participated in Asia Media Forum 2013 in Incheon, Korea. Here are his thoughts on the issues that was discussed in the Forum.)


The discourse about the need to shift from Western communication model, considered not befitting Asia, has been widely debated by scholars. Asian perspectives in communication have been sought in the academic circle, media practitioners and scholarly discussion over time. Taking into consideration the incompatibility of Western communication theories in the Asian context has become a driving force, where such need was further boosted with the economic success, cultural reassurance, and political independence of Asian countries. And still the discourse of the need to collaborate between the Asian countries in the sharing of information has been widely sought even today, but little progress towards application of such task is a challenge, which has been revived by conference, held in 30 October, 2013. Continue reading

Invitation to Apply for 2nd CMR-Nepal Media Fellowships

After successful completion of the first round of Center for Media Research – Nepal’s (CMR-Nepal) Media Research Support Program, we are inviting application for the second round of the program.

The program aims to be an integral part of CMR-Nepal’s objective to conduct, support and promote researches on various aspects of media.

Media students and scholars are invited to apply for the fellowships: 1. Media Research Partnership Program (Senior Fellow) and 2. Media Research Mentorship Program (Fellow). Those two fellowships aims to support the researches of fellows by providing them with resources and support during all phases of their researches and do not carry financial benefits.

Media Research Partnership Program (awardees to be called CMR-Nepal Senior Fellow)

A program designed to support media research to be or being pursued by independent researchers who has completed master’s degree preferably in journalism or mass communication or media studies.

CMR-Nepal will design regular discussion programs where the senior fellow will benefit from the knowledge, skills and experiences of CMR-Nepal researchers and other invited scholars.

The senior fellow may also seek support in conducting researches (including sampling, data collection, processing and report writing) from members of CMR Nepal and interns. The program is designed as a knowledge-sharing platform.

Duration: ideally up to six months
Financial benefits: none

Media Research Mentorship Program (awardees to be called CMR-Nepal Fellow)

A program designed to mentor student conducting research for Master’s level thesis.

CMR-Nepal will assign a mentor to support the research in all it’s phases; will invite fellows to participate in group discussions and facilitates sharing between fellows.

CMR-Nepal Fellow will also be able to use all resources, both online and offline, of the organization.

Duration: ideally for up to six months
Financial benefits: none

CMR-Nepal may publish the works, complete or partial, completed during the program in its publications.

Apply with symposia of the research, a bio-data and a page letter of intent explaining why are you interested in the program.

Apply to (or use the form here) before Sunday, September 15, 2013. If you have any query, please let us know at the same email.

The details of the first fellows and their topics of research are here.

Please note that we may proceed with application as soon as it is received.

New Executive Committee elected

The Center for Media Research – Nepal (CMR-Nepal) elected Tilak Pathak as the new chairman in the 2013 General Assembly held today in Kathmandu.

In an unanimous decision by the Assembly, Pathak who was the vice-president of the Center since its establishment was proposed by outgoing chairman Ujjwal Acharya. Bhuwan KC was elected new vice-president and Rishikesh Dahal, who was the executive member and co-ordinator of the CMR-Nepal Fellowship Program, was elected the new secretary.

Bikash Karki will continue as the treasurer while Rajneesh Bhandari, Umesh Shrestha and Ujjwal Prajapati are elected executive committee members.


The Assembly earlier also passed the report by secretary Bhuwan KC and treasurer Bikash Karki in a closed session conducted by Prakash Acharya, Sudeep Uprety and Mukunda Nepal.

Summary of Preliminary Findings of Nepal Twitter Users Survey

Center for Media Research – Nepal marked the World Press Freedom Day 2013 by releasing the summary of the preliminary findings of the Nepal Twitter Users Survey.

The Day is being marked around the world in theme: “Safe to Speak: Ensuring Freedom of Expression in All Media” that also include the free and nonrestrictive access to Internet.

Nepal Twitter Users Survey 2013

(Preliminary Report Highlights)

* Please note that the highlights presented in this document is based on the preliminary data analysis of the survey. The final report may be slightly different.


The survey was conducted online in March, 2013. A total of 1,008 responses were received, out of which only 625 complete responses were considered valid and analyzed.


Out of 625 respondents, 13% were females and 87% were males.

Most of the Twitter users are between 20 to 35 years old (86%). More than 35% are of 26 to 30 years old, 31% are of 20 to 25 years old, and 20% are 30 to 35 years old. The number of teen-age users is 4% whereas 11% were more than 35%.

27% of Twitter users is employed or freelancing professionals followed by 16% of those falling int he group of journalist/advocate/activist; 27% of students, 13% privately employed and


  • One in 10 people maintain multiple Twitter accounts.
  • Three-fourth of Nepali Twitter users tweets from within Nepal – most from Kathmandu (68%) followed by Lalitpur (7%), Bhaktapur (4%), Chitwan (3%) and Kaski (2%).
  • Among the Twitter users tweeting from outside Nepal, most reside in USA / Canada (20%), Europe (16%), India (12%) and Arab countries (12%).
  • Three out of four Twitter users use both Nepali and English language while tweeting while around 12% tweets in Nepal and 12% in English.
  • 15% of Nepali Twitter users have never uploaded photo on Twitter. Only 7% of those uploading photo do it regularly otherwise two-third of users uploading photos do it rarely.
  • Most popular topic to tweet are: social issues (44%), interesting news (42%), political (37%), issues related to profession (26%) and media issues (23%). But mostly Twitter users tweet anything they find ok to tweet (48%).
  • Most Twitter users use it for news and information (85%), to understand public opinion on current news (59%), for gossiping (56%), to express feeling (50%), for networking (46%), for professional works (31%) and to spend leisure time (30%).
  • Most Twitter users believe (89%) that Twitter is a strong medium of communication.
  • More than 71% of Twitter users believe that Twitter can bring social and/or political changes while 12% disagree that.
  • More than 71% users disagree that Twitter is nothing serious and is just for fun. Only 14% believe that it is just for fun.
  • Many users (43%) believe many users are using Twitter in wrong ways.
  • 84% of users believe celebrities and politicians can benefits by joining Twitter and they should join the micro-blogging platform.
  • 36% of users either do not believe or are neutral on Twitter’s status as public opinion platform.
  • The psychology of Twitter users:
    • 19% don’t feel good when someone doesn’t follow back.
    • 42% don’t like when the person they mention doesn’t reply.
    • 24% believe those who follow a few are proud.
    • 68% don’t care about retweets/favorites.
    • 64% follow a few good users and read many of their tweets.
    • 63% feel gratified when others follow or retweet or mention them.
    • 69% like to write good tweets than tweets that may increase their followers.
    • 59% retweet almost all tweets they like.

More about World Press Freedom Day at UNESCO website & download the summary of preliminary findings in PDF.