The Rural Visual Journalism Network (RVJN) is an innovative initiative where rural correspondents use the latest smart phone technology to produce multimedia stories from all districts of Bangladesh. Trained by Drik, the correspondents’ multimedia stories focus on addressing specific issues faced by the media and rural citizens of Bangladesh.
The programme takes into account factors such as high illiteracy rates; the fact that rural communities in Bangladesh have less access to information sources; and the dramatic rise of penetration of radio, mobile phone usage and TV. The disadvantaged representation of women and children in the media sector and the limited press freedom in the country remain a constant matter of concern. The use of quality visual media in Bangladesh, where literacy rates are low can be an effective tool as an alternative education.