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Sumnima Udas on reporting gender issues and how journalism is changing

Dedication, hard work and courage are Nepali journalist Sumnima Udasa�� mantra. The CNN correspondent bagged the a�?Journalist of the Yeara�� honour at the inaugural Womena��s Empowerment Journalism Awards last month in Singapore.Patience pays
A global citizen, Udas is now settled in Delhi after living in places like Jordan and Italy. Having joined CNN, New York, as a news assistant in 2001, she mopved to the Delhi office as its India correspondent in 2010. On her documentary, Nirbhaya: The Fearless One, she shares, a�?Reporting gender issues like rape and female foeticide is sensitive. Meeting parents of a rape victim is not easy. But if you are patient, things come together.a�?

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Even as instant news capsules take over in-depth reports, Udas says, a�?Looking at the story behind the story is popular, too.a�? Content is largely becoming user-driven. a�?Citizen journalism is catching up,a�? she adds, with channels encouraging viewers to send in videos, which are reviewed and turned into stories. a�?Hard work and a sense of purposea�? are two qualities young journalists should possess, concludes Udas.

a�� Sumitra Nair

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