Bringing a Flash of Nepal to Nepalese Journalists in NY

Photojournalist Jitendra Bajracharya came from Nepal to teach Nepalese New Yorkers about photography. (Photo from Everest Times)

Photojournalist Jitendra Bajracharya, from Nepal, teamed up with the Nepal America Journalist Association to train Nepalese New Yorkers in taking photos. During the training, he also shared photographs captured by fellow photojournalists in Nepal. The event took place last month in Sunnyside, Queens at the Malingo restaurant, with 30 photo enthusiasts in attendance, including journalists and aspiring journalists. The participants, who came from different fields, learned how to use a manual camera, as well as the basics of photojournalism.

Jitendra Bajracharya teaches the different camera modes to the attendees. (Photo from Everest Times)

Bajarachaya, who works for the Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists and the daily Kathmandu-based newspaper, Kantipur Daily, joined with NAJA to run the training program for the first time during a visit to the United States.

NAJA president Aang Chhiring Sherpa said that the program was to help Nepalese New Yorkers interested in journalism and photography. “This is the first time this kind of program is being set-up to help people who have an interest in photojournalism and aspire to be photojournalists,” he said.

He added that in addition to photojournalism, NAJA intends to organize training programs for journalists to improve their writing style, news pegs, and broadcasting and blogging skills.

Bajarachaya showed photos from three subject areas significant to Nepal: nature, lifestyle and memories from the second civil revolution.

The Deputy Chief of Mission of Nepal at the United Nations in New York, Sewa Lamsal Adhikari, introduced the photos from the revolution. The images on display included photos taken by Bajarachaya and other Nepalese photojournalists.

The program continued with NAJA president Sherpa thanking Bajarachaya for his contributions and presenting him with a certificate of participation. He wrapped around the photojournalist a khadi scarf, a symbol of respect in Nepalese culture.

The chief guest, Mr. Adhakari, praised the efforts of journalists in the New York area and the NAJA for organizing the event.

Bajarachaya, in his closing remarks, hoped that the skills the trainees learned will be very helpful in their careers.

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