The Impulse Model designed by the Founder of the Impulse NGO Network, Hasina Kharbhih has now launched a Press Lab with the motive to encourage journalists in conflict reporting. As part of the Impulse Model Press Lab initiative, they will award one-year fellowships to four early-career journalists and four-week fellowships to mid-career journalists from each country to report on cross-border human trafficking in the region.
The network’s founder, Kharbhih has stated that “It will ensure a far reach on the real issue and will also look after the social media way of reporting. We will emphasise on the correct ways of reporting. We aim to bring in more expertise, ideas, participation and build a network of ethical journalists.”
The Media is a powerful tool to raise awareness about human trafficking. In some cases, the media can even play a significant role in locating missing persons through investigative reporting and prompting action from authorities.
Journalists are critical agents in exposing the clandestine problem of human trafficking and bringing the issue to public attention. The media’s influence on shaping public and political discourse about human trafficking is widely recognized by international bodies, governments, and non-governmental organizations.
Just as the Media act as key drivers of information on human trafficking, it also contributes to the spread of misinformation on the issue. Sensationalist reporting, simplistic representations and insensitive commentary falsely depict individual stories and encourage misguided perceptions about the overall issue. Bad practices of reporting on human trafficking can be damaging to victims and survivors, whether by exacerbating trauma by insensitive questioning, or violating individual privacy.
‘25 journalists worked with the organization for the Rat Hole Mining issue which was spearheaded by the Impulse Network. Thus, we certainly know about the reach of the media on population, if the media can influence with good content then we can bring change but journalists lack the resources in skilled subject matter. But we are a storehouse of data and through this programme we will share it with our fellow journalists’
The lab will groom journalists from the region on conflict reporting and investigative journalism. All the stories will go as a policy document to the UN Headquarter for review/use as a directive’. The journalists will also be trained by the Reuters. Reuters will be felicitating the fellows at the Reuters Headquarter, London at the end of the programme.
Journalists have a vital role to play in investigating the root causes behind this problem and in ensuring that the voices of victims and survivors are heard when telling their stories.
‘That is why we are inviting early-career and mid-career journalists from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal and India with a keen interest and experience in reporting on cross-border human trafficking to apply to take part in the Impulse Model Press Lab Cross-Border Human Trafficking Journalism Fellowship program.’
The Core Committee consists of media professionals and journalists from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, and Nepal; and one representative from Impulse NGO Network.