Executive Committee 2017-18 (consituted on February 25, 2017)
Bhuwan KC, chairman
Bhuwan holds post-graduate degrees in journalism and political sciences. Himal, an influential fortnightly magazine, hailed his thesis for political science degree on parliament of Nepal as a major achievement. He has worked as senior political correspondent at Kantipur Television, where he now serves as news editor. He is extensive knowledge of print journalism having been worked in various political weeklies and Rajdhani national daily. Bhuwan also teaches journalism at Madan Bhandari Memorial College and works as freelance trainer for journalists. He has studied journalism in University of Oslo and Ateneo de Manilla University. He has also produced a television documentary. He has co-authored several books of journalism and edited Media Ethics.
Rishikesh Dahal, vice-president
A faculty member at the Central Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Tribhuvan University, Rishikesh is the gold-medalist in the University in Masters’ Degree in Journalism. He began his career as a print journalist with a political weekly and worked for various weeklies and dailies before joining Nagarik daily as business reporter. He is currently serving as assistant editor-at-large in the online team of the news portal, pahilopost.com while pursing his PhD in journalism. His research interest lies in media ethics and history of mass media; and has co-authored ‘News in Crisis’. He has also received three-month training in investigative journalism.
Bikash Karki, treasurer
Bikash is a noted photojournalist of Nepal having worked in Rajdhani, Kantipur and Nagarik dailies before joining Nepal News Network International, the publisher of Annapurna Post national daily as assistant photo editor. Bikash also coordinated Nepal’s biggest photo competition and exhibitions – the IME Global IME Bank Nepal Photo Competition for four years – as the project manager through Photojournalist’s Club. He is currently serving as the chairman of the PJ Club. Bikash has special interest in photo documentary and has travelled extensively in Nepal for his work.
Umesh Shrestha, Secretary
Also known as Salokya, Umesh is one of the pioneer bloggers running the most popular blog, mysansar.com, since 2005. A post-graduate in journalism from Tribhuvan University, Umesh has worked in a television station and daily newspapers before assuming position of online editor of Nagarik daily. He then moved to Annapurna Post daily as assistant Digital Editor before jointing PahiloPost.com as it’s editor. His interest lies in new media and blogging. Umesh has also led various social projects including crowd-funding libraries in rural areas of Nepal through his blog.
Rajneesh Bhandari, member
Rajneesh Bhandari is an award-winning independent multimedia journalist and filmmaker. His multimedia works have appeared in the New York Times (NYT), National Geographic (Nat Geo), Aljazeera, AJ+, NPR, Fusion, Huffington Post and Los Angeles Times. A post-graduate in the Journalism and Mass Communication from Tribhuvan University, and a graduate on Multimedia Journalism from Ateneo De Manila University. Rajneesh worked at Nepal’s top Kantipur Television Network (KTV) for seven years before moving to independent journalism. He teaches multimedia application, online media, and television production at colleges in Nepal. He also coordinates Media Gufa, an experiential event where journalists report news stories using social media, isolated in a room for 72 hrs. He was Online News Association’s MJ Bear Fellow in 2014.
Trishna Acharya, member
A post-graduate on journalism and mass communication from Tribhuavn University, Trishna have a deep interest in media research having served as data analyst for Lakshya Nepal for three years and also to a PhD Scholar from University of Oslo. She was the Youth Icon 2011 and was declared the Ambassador for her graduate college in 2011. She is the winner of the Gold Medal for being the best in her Masters in Journalism from Tribhuvan University and currently engaged in teaching journalism and research activities.
Deepak Aryal, member
A researcher with Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya and degrees on Research Training Program from Centre for Studies of Social Science, Kolkata and MA in Mass Communication and Journalism from Kantipur City College, Kathmandu, Aryal’s area of interest is ‘book history and print culture’. His body of work include several journal articles on print history, visual culture and archives and co-edited volumes. He has co-authored/edited Nirvachan Itihas (2073 B.S.), Media Reader (2070 B.S.) Milkiyeko Itibritta (2066 B.S.). He is author of Understanding Photography and Photojournalism (2066B.S.). He co-edits the Nepali trimonthly and is a visiting faculty of Media Studies at the Kathmandu University.
Tilak Pathak, IPP
A post-graduate in English literature and journalism, Tilak is a journalist, lecturer of journalism and debate trainer. Tilak worked in various political weeklies before joining Nepal fortnightly magazine, where he achieved fame with his analysis of political events. He then joined Nagarik national daily as senior political correspondent, and after working for three years, went to oversees opinion pages and served as the chief of political bureau before joining Kantipur as an Op-Ed editor. He is currently the Associate Editor at Nagarik national daily. Tilak teaches at WhiteHouse Graduate College, and has served as the co-ordinator of media studies syllabus committee of Bachelors of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Purbanchal University. He has written numerous research articles and is debate coach/judge at Nepal Debate Initiative.
Ujjwal Acharya, Founder Chair
Ujjwal, a post-graduate in journalism, is the nation’s leading online journalist. As Nepal’s pioneer blogger, Ujjwal led the web’s fight for democracy during autocratic regime in 2004 and was the online editor of myrepublica.com, a mainstream news website that pioneered the online journalism; and later digital editor of Annapurna Post daily. He was also the chair of Digital Media Committee as the Federation of Nepal Journalists (FNJ), Ujjwal has studied media and digital journalism in Tribhuvan University, University of Oslo and International Academy of Journalism (Intajour). He had also worked as journalist in Tarun weekly, Nepal Samacharpatra daily and The Kathmandu Post daily in various capacities. He is also a media rights activist and journalism trainer currently working as the South Asia Coordinator of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). He is the founding chairman (2009-2013) of CMR-Nepal.
Ujjwal Prajapati, Projects Manager
An experienced print and television journalist, Ujjwal completed M. Phil. in media studies at the University of Oslo, Norway and Masters degree in Journalism from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He received gold medal with his degree in journalism and worked in English dailies and Kantipur Television. He is a visiting faculty of media studies at the Kathmandu University. His research interest lies in media’s roles and impact in various national aspects including foreign affairs.
Binita Neupane, Finance / Admin
Ms. Neupane completed her Masters in Business Studies (MBS) from Tribhuvan University and works part-time finance/admin officer at the CMR-Nepal.