Quezon City, 10 Jan 2013. Rajneesh Bhandari, DMJ alumnus, has been named the International Journalists’ Network (IJN) Journalist of the Month for January.
Bhandari keeps track of the latest trends in digital technology and multimedia journalism through the IJNet website. He says the site helps him become updated about the techniques and workflows of other multimedia journalists and keep abreast with the latest information on journalism conventions and webinars happening around the world.
Rajneesh Bhandari is a multimedia journalist at the Xinhua News Agency Nepal Bureau and serves as the multimedia team leader of ThinkBrigade.com, an online magazine published by international multimedia journalists. His recent recognitions include Kantipur TV’s Journalist of the Year (2011), Transparency International’s Young Anti-Corruption Journalist (2010), and
Ashoka Nepal’s Young Social Entrepreneur. Bhandari also participated in the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum held in Paris, October 2011.
Asked how he uses DMJ in his work, Bhandari said he the program took him through different learning techniques to be a multimedia journalist. Lessons from excellent and experienced teachers, he added, have been very fruitful. “I still remember those lessons when I am low, when I am frustrated and when I am not getting what I was looking for in a story. They really inspire me and urge me to do things differently, ” Bhandari said.
Bhandari is currently taking up his master’s degree in mass communication and journalism at Tribhuvan University. He was an ACFJ scholar and belonged to the first batch of DMJ students, comprised of 12 professional journalists.