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The new face of visual journalism
Sonam Kurtoep Tshomo, October 24, 2012
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Bhutan Media Foundation completed two day intensive training on Infographics : The New Face of Visual Journalism for the Bhutanese media. This is the first training of its kind conducted for visual journalists in the country which was well received from by graphic designers working with several newspapers. The training not only covered the changing face of visual media, need and importance of Infographics to present news in different areas but also different types and dimensions of Infographics, where Infographics are most effective, composition of a graphics team and it’s coordination with editorial team, ideal modus operandi for a visual journalist/graphics team, making of a good Infographic, use of typography, colours, information, sourcing information etc., preparing “graphic style” to maintain consistency across pages/site and editions, effective use of different software (Raster, Vector, 3D and Anatomy) to generate graphics in tight deadlines. The training also covered on visual media ethics.

According to graphic designers from Kuensel, Tek Nath Dahal who attended the training, ‘the training greatly helped me in updating my knowledge in designing and in coping with current technical challenges, ‘ Upasana Dahal from The Bhutanese commented, ‘ the training was very and I also learned a lot about different kind of software’s which I can now use and practice,’ Tshering Gyem from Druk Melong stated, ‘BMF training was very useful as I have gained lots of knowledge and have learned how to use good colour combination and how to use good graphic while we are designing newspaper,’ Karma Lyegsheg chhophel from BBS said, the training was very useful and informative as it covered rules for designing graphics, different software.’ Tshering Dhendup from UWICE pointed out that the training brought a great improvement in his skills in developing layout for books and publications, usage of proper source to get software’s pictures, images and to develop a nice colour combination and on developing good news paper and magazine.

The custom designed intensive training on infographics which is part of Foundation’s activities that is being implemented under BMF’s Strategic Plan (2012-2016) is one of the 10 trainings Bhutan Media Foundation is conducting during the month of October and November. The training was conducted by experienced trainers from Asia Media Design Academy based in New Delhi, India.

Bhutan Media Foundation was established through a Royal Charter issued by His Majesty the King on February 21, 2010 to foster the growth of a strong responsible media capable of playing an important role in the social, economic and political growth of the nation. It is the intention of the Foundation to support wholesome development of media so that it can carry out its roles and responsibilities in the interest of democracy.

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