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US Embassy in Dhaka awards $18,000 to young journos

Staff Correspondent
23 Jun 2024 16:02:11 | Update: 23 Jun 2024 17:11:10
US Embassy in Dhaka awards $18,000 to young journos
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The United States Embassy in Dhaka on Sunday announced four projects by journalism students and young journalists – who participated in the first-ever TechCamp in Bangladesh – have been awarded grants totalling $18,430.

Public Affairs Counsellor at the US Embassy Stephen Ibelli congratulated the winners for their dedication to Tech Camp’s objectives, reads a press release issued Sunday.

He said, “You play a crucial role in advancing media literacy and combating misinformation. Now you can use your newly acquired skills to make a positive impact in your communities.”

This grant event marks a significant milestone following the three-day TechCamp, empowering Journalists, ensuring truth, which took place from February 6 to February 8, 2024.

Fifty journalism students and young journalists from across the nation were selected to participate in this ground-breaking initiative, where they received training from international experts on media literacy, fact-checking methodologies, countering misinformation, cyber security, and the application of artificial intelligence in journalism.

 The four projects receiving grants are – Coastal Voices, Empowering Media Students to Identify News Sources and Eliminating Misinformation and Disinformation, Media Literacy Beyond the Screen: Bridging Gaps, Building Minds, Voice for Voiceless.

By awarding these grants, the US Embassy Dhaka continues to demonstrate its dedication to empowering young journalists and fostering a culture of truth and media literacy in Bangladesh.

Tech Camp was organised in partnership with the Global Youth Leadership Center (GYLC) Inc and the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the US Department of State.