On Jun 21st 2016, six STU students from the J-school and their instructor John Noonan began a 15-day journey to Nepal, to report on the one year anniversary of the 2015 earthquake, rural development issues in the Himalaya, and on the growing relationship between China and Nepal. Two students in the group remained in Kathmandu for the summer to complete an internship at ECS Media, a prominent Nepalese magazine company. Over the course of the journey and the internship, the reporting group published 14 stories on both Changjiang Net, a media outlet from the city of Wuhan in northern China, and on a website connected to STU journalism school (media.stu.edu.cn/nepal). The two interns who remained in Nepal for the summer also published 12 at various ECS publications.They also published numerous pieces on own social media like Facebook and Wechat public accounts.
The one-year-and-two-month anniversary of the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal was one of the main points of the group’s reporting, and followed up on issues covered by 2015’s Nepal group, which went to Nepal just seven weeks after the quake. The group interviewed Sushil Gyewali, Chief Executive Officer of the Nepal National Reconstruction Authority, at the main Nepalese government headquarters in Kathmandu. Gyewali and the STU reporting team discussed the hardship of people still living in temporary shelters, and the government’s plans for reconstruction. The team also went back to several severely damaged historical sites — such as Bhaktapur — to learn about the progress of post-earthquake reconstruction. In addition to the Kathmandu Valley, the j-school team trekked in the Annapurna Conservation Area outside of Pokhara, completing stories on porters and micro- hydropower projects. They also focused on infrastructure in Nepal invested in by China; two students finished an English story and a video about the Pokhara Regional International Airport, built with the help of the Chinese government. In Pokhara, the group visited the Gurkha Memorial Museum and interviewed a retired Gurkha solider.
What’s more, two interns attended the 5th Chinese Culture Performance Final Competition and their photos were published on Chinanews Net, Asia Pacific Daily and Confucius Institute Headquarters official website. During their internship, they published 12 English stories in three local magazines — ECS Nepal, Living, and Friday — of ECS MEDIA, and 10 Chinese articles on ECS Wechat public accounts and websites. In addition to their journalism work, they assisted the Hotel Association of Nepal in translating publicity materials into Chinese.
A “sharing session,” a presentation on the group’s reportage in Nepal and a Q & A session with the students and special guest Binod Bhattarai, former Financial Times journalist from Nepal, will be held on Wednesday, November 9th in the Library Theater at 7 p.m.
By: Yiqing Luo