A Media Workshop on “Grassroots Journalism and Governance” was organized in Lakhimpur Commerce College on 24th May 2009 by the North East Social Trust (NEST), support by The Hunger Project, New Delhi .
The grassroots Journalist of different press clubs of Lakhimpur District participated in this workshop that includes Dhalpur, Narayanpur Bihpuria, Laluk, Nowboicha, Bandardewa, Bangalmara and Lakhimpur press club. Total 53 participants represented almost all the Assamese daily print and electronic media including Dainik Janasadharan, Amar assom, Khabar, Ajir Dainik Batori, Aji, Adin Asomiya pratidin, Ajir Asom, Dainik Janambhumi, Dainik Agradoot, Dainik Batari, Dainik Purvoday (Hindi), Sentinel, Pratikhan, NETV, UB Photo, PTI, DY365 TV and News-live TV Journalists were present.
The programme was inaugurated by Sayed Ataule Karim, Superintend of Police of Lakhimpur district. He pointed how journalists could strengthen and expedite the development process and maintaining law and order in the society.
Tasaduk Ariful Hussain, Executive Director, NEST, briefed the participants on the importance of strengthening Grassroots Governance, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Status of Activity Mapping and devolution to PRI and urged the journalists to partner with the process of strengthening women leadership in the country and informed about Sarojini Naidu Prize.
Nava Thakuria, an independent senior journalist from the region emphasised on the present trend of changes in the media, positive development journalism, Role of media on building opinion for strengthening women leadership in the local governance are the issues covered in his concise deliberation.
Diganta Hatibarua, Lecturer and Head of the Department of Political Science, North Lakhimpur College consolidated the day long discussions and deliberations. Rekhamoni Hazarika coordinated the program and expressed her gratitude to all for making the workshop a success.