Participants were taught Citizen Journalism and how to navigate WordPress
April 15th, 2017, Dhaka - As part of the GYSD celebration in Bangladesh, a day-long training workshop called “My Voice Matters” took place; participants were taught Citizen Journalism and how to navigate WordPress. The workshop was held on April 15th, 2017 at iEARN-BD where ten young adults from YES Alumni Bangladesh and different surrounding schools and universities attended the training workshop on how to report effectively by using the “Inverted Pyramid” writing style, and create and maintain a WordPress blog. They also had the opportunity to go out and hunt for news, where they conducted short interviews of people and wrote reports on their blogs. Afterwards, they published their stories online. The project was coordinated by A.F.M. Munif Mushfiq Khan (K-L YES 2011-12). Munif, along with the other facilitators, Tauhid Bin Kashem (Lecturer, Department of Political Science & Sociology, North South University), Sabik Tawsif Anjum (Technology Consultant, Frantic Phenoms Ltd.), and Asif Imtiaz (Freelance Web Designer), conducted the day-long training. Munif started with an ice breaking session, followed by a brief introduction to GYSD. Mr. Kashem took over afterwards and introduced Citizen Journalism and its importance to the participants. He then moved to the next session about inverted pyramid writing style after a short break. Mr. Kashem spoke about plagiarism and techniques on how to avoid it; he also discussed the ways to remain objective when writing a report. Before Mr. Kashem took the participants out for the field work to hunt for news from the local neighborhood, Munif gave tips to the participants on note-taking skills to utilize during an interview. After a few hours of data gathering, the trainers and participants returned to the venue. They organized their data and resources so that they could start working on their reports. After the lunch break, WordPress blog trainers Mr. Anjum and Mr. Imtiaz guided the participants through the process of publishing a blog. This session was comprised of editing and maintaining the work space and “back-end” of a WordPress blog. Students successfully created their own WordPress accounts and published their reports after the session. The facilitators then conducted a question answer session and gave feedback on the reports the participants presented in front of the audience. With the closing remarks from Mobashir Monim, Activity Officer of YES Alumni Bangladesh and the help of Radeeyah Zaman Khan, Online Resource Officer, YES Alumni Bangladesh, who acted as the Auxiliary Coordinator of the project, the training workshop successfully ended.