POST TIME: 6 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 6 September, 2018 12:07:31 AM
National Campus Journalism Fest 2018
United, We Are Strong
Jubayer Mahmud

United, We Are Strong

When you are in the midst of your family members, you feel calm, strong and better at the same time. I felt exactly like that at this festival where campus reporters from different universities participated. I felt we are united, that makes us strong.

The 'National Campus Journalism Fest-2018' was held recently at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) where about 250 correspondents from 22 universities participated.

Shahjalal University Press Club organised the event, termed as a ‘family get-together’, for the first time for campus journalists. During the two-day fest, there were some learning sessions and discussion sessions about the possibilities of campus journalism, along with various aspects of investigative journalism.

On the first day, Badruddoza (Babu), special correspondent of Masranga TV, and Mohsin Ul Hakim, special correspondent of Jamuna TV, conducted some learning and discussion sessions. On the second day, Akbar Hossain, a journalist of BBC Bangla, conducted a learning session where he discussed various aspects of journalism. Campus journalists from different universities also shared their experiences and perspectives about journalism.

About the fest, Faijullah Wasif, secretary of SUST Press Club, said: “This was a long journey. We have tried to make the event a successful one, and finally it was a huge get-together of young aspirant journalists. No doubt, such an event makes us more enthusiastic about reporting, as well as policy formulation. I think the relevant authorities should pay more attention to campus journalism as it is a sophisticated way of making a good journalist. I thank all of you for being part of this event; without such cooperation, it would have been almost impossible.”

The festival was inaugurated by prominent writer Muhammad Zafar Iqbal. "A journalist will always have to stand on the side of the truth. The news found on the social network is not always proper. This kind of spreading news on Facebook and other social networks often confuses the people. All journalists have to be aware of that," Iqbal said.

SUST treasurer Ilias Uddin Biswas, director of student welfare Rashed Talukdar, and director of Modern Language Institute Himadri Shekhar Roy were also present at the opening ceremony.

Prime Minister's Information Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury attended the closing ceremony as chief guest. "We require education, knowledge, patriotism and (good) practices for our new generation to build the next Bangladesh," he said. Special guest Manjurul Ahsan, CEO of Ekushey Television, added: "Journalists must be careful about journalism as well as education."

SUST Vice-Chancellor Farid Uddin Ahmed faced the students at an open question session, named 'kemon chai agamir campus' (how you want the future campus). At the same time, a magazine commemorating the festival, ‘Kathan’ was unveiled.

Imam Hasan, founder general secretary of SUST Press Club, said: "SUST Press Club has taken an initiative that nobody has ever shown any courage to do. This event of the press club will be part of our history."

SUST Press Club president Abdullah Al Mansur thanked everyone in his closing speech. Later in the evening, 22 leaders of university correspondents formed 'Bangladesh Campus Journalist Federation', a platform for all campus journalists. Lastly, a beautiful folk cultural evening entertained the guests. 

The writer is a student of Department

 of Sociology, SUST.

Photos: Courtesy.