Baltimore: Representatives of the Nepal America Journalist Association (NAJA) and Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), a professional organization of American Journalists, have organized first formal interaction on Sunday to discuss the issues of professional interest and to have affiliation between these two organizations.
Both the organizations have been contacting each other in this regard. During the interaction held in Baltimore on 13th April representatives of both the organizations discussed about having collaboration among these two organizations. As per the agreement SPJ agreed to recognize NAJA as its one chapter.
Senior vice-chairperson of NAJA Gautam Dahal, who is also the operator of www.globalnepal.com, led the NAJA delegation which was participated by vice-chairperson duo of the organization Purushottam Dhakal and Bishow Thapa and executive member Rama Maharjan. Active member of NAJA Satish Chapagain was also present during the interaction. Chapter Coordinator of SPJ Tara Puke represented the organization.
The SPJ representative came from headquarter to discuss the issues of mutual interest with the representative of NAJA, which is the umbrella organization of immigrant Nepali journalists based in United States and Canada.
To receive the recognition of SPJ Chapter, NAJA should recommend at least 20 journalists for the membership of SPJ, which has 60 chapters in the US, and also meet other procedures. It has 200 chapters of students studying journalism in different colleges and universities. SPJ will provide assistance for doing annual programs, workshops, interactions, trainings for journalists working in different media to enhance their knowledge and fellowship to its chapters. NAJA will also be entitled for these facilities if it gets the recognition of the Chapter.
Representatives of both the sides have agreed to hold second round of interaction during the annual conference of NAJA which is slated for May 3 to 4 in Baltimore. During the first round of interaction senior vice-chairperson of NAJA Gautam Dahal informed about various activities undertaken by NAJA since its inception.
Senior Journalist Purushottam Dhakal has been taking lead role for acquiring membership of different professional organizations related with journalists. Due to such initiatives, a renowned digital journalism training centre USTTI has agreed to provide training to journalists of Nepali origin to enhance their capacity. Dhakal has been playing important role to ensure representation of Freedom Forum, a prestigious media organization, in the upcoming annual conference of NAJA. Dhakal has worked for many years in Nepal in Channel Nepal Television, the first satellite TV channel of Nepal and has been giving continuity to this profession in the US as well. He has been running popular news portal www.nepal24hours.com to bring the gap between motherland and Nepali Diaspora scattered in different parts of the globe including the US.
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