Center for Media Research – Nepal today announced the first batch of research fellows under the CMR-Nepal Research Support Program 2013.

The first batch of CMR-Nepal fellows are: Prakash Acharya (senior fellow), Mukunda Nepal & Sudeep Uprety (Fellows) and Umesh Shrestha & Rajneesh Bhandari (Researcher Fellows).

Prakash Acharya, a media lecturer at the Central Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of Tribhuvan University, will be the fellow under CMR-Nepal Media Research Partnership Program.

Acharya will be conducting a research on use of anonymous sources in Nepali newspapers. Under the program, CMR-Nepal will support his research activities.

Similarly, Mukunda Nepal of Ratna Rajya Laxmi College and Sudeep Uprety, a student of peace and conflict studies, have been named the fellows under CMR-Nepal Media Research Mentorship Program.

Nepal will be writing a Masters level thesis on social media’s role in agenda setting for mainstream media particularly analyzing journalists’ use of information on social media. Project co-ordinator Rishikesh Dahal will be acting as Nepal’s mentor to guide him during his research activities.

Uprety will analyze the media’s discourse on security issues. Uprety will be mentored by Bhuwan KC, a faculty at Madan Bhandari Memorial College.

“We are happy to have first batch of fellows on board,” Dahal said after the selection of the fellows. “Their projects have exciting prospective and the outcome will surely aid to media development in Nepal.”

Meanwhile, the independent research institution also announced a couple of research projects for 2013. Its two members will be carrying out two separate researches in guidance of the mentors appointed by CMR-Nepal.

Umesh Shrestha will conduct a study of audience responses on online news analyzing news portals. Tilak Pathak, the lecturer at Himalayan White House College of Purbanchal University will be mentoring him during the study.

Rajneesh Bhandari will conduct a study on impact of mobile evolution on youth in Nepal under the guidance of Ujjwal Prajapati, visiting lecturer at Kathmandu University.

“CMR-Nepal family is very excited about the whole project – first of its type in the country and I believe it will lead to some good works in the field of media research,” CMR-Nepal chairman Ujjwal Acharya commented. “Congratulations to fellows, and study projects leads, and we are looking forward to six months of co-operative works.”