The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is pleased to announce the results of the Ecosystems for Life Media Fellowship 2013. After a rigorous process of short listing and selection, two applicants from India and two from Bangladesh have emerged as successful fellows. The successful candidates are Mr Anamitra Sengupta (Principal Correspondent, the daily Anandabazar), Ms Ratna Bharali Talukdar (Freelancer, Assam), Mr Hamid-Uz-Zaman (Staff Reporter, the daily Janakantha) and Mr Abu Bakar Siddique (Staff Reporter, the Dhaka Tribune).
We congratulate the successful journalists who made through the selection process. For those who are not selected, we appreciate your interest in the fellowship and project. Short biography of the successful candidates:
Ratna Bharali Talukdar: Ratna Bharali Talukdar is a freelance journalist and creative writer based in Guwahati, Assam, India. She is a contributor to Women’s Feature Service, www.indiatogether.org, Eastern Panorama and writes a monthly column-- ‘Drafting Destiny’ in The Assam Tribune. She has receivedChameli Devi Jain Outstanding Women Media Person Award, Ram Nath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism and Laadli Media Award for Journalism and Munin Borkotoky Award for literature. She has authored three books so far. Her works include reporting on armed conflict, environment, refugee, displacement, natural calamities, climate change, livelihood, education from the North East of India. Her special interest lies in delving on gender issues in stories that she works on. Through this fellowship she hopes to bring forth the lived realities of Char people, often using the gender lens.
Anamitra Sengupta: Anamitra Sengupta, is working as Principal Correspondent with the daily Anandabazar Patrika (ABP) since 2005. Currently, he is based in New Delhi, India. His journalistic career started from Kolkata, following it with being the State Correspondent for Bihar for the same daily before moving to New Delhi. He holds a master degree in Social Anthropology from Calcutta University.
Anamitra is a voracious reader and his profession enables him to travel extensively. Apart from reporting on politics, railways, he has dabbled in environmental reporting and did a series on the gangetic Dolphin. Through his fellowship he hopes to look forward to bring stories of Char dwelling people to the forefront.
Abu Bakar Siddique: Abu Bakar Siddique has been associated with the daily Dhaka Tribune since 2012 as Staff Reporter. Siddique is responsible for covering all aspects of news from environment, water, climate change topics. Before joining the Dhaka Tribune he worked with the daily Sun. He did his Masters in Islamic Studies from Dhaka University. He was awarded with a training fellowship on Environmental Reporting by International Institute of Journalism, Berlin, Germany. Through this fellowship Siddique hopes to look forth to bring stories of river erosion, migration of char dwellers and irregular water flow of the river Jamuna.
S. A. M. Hamid-Uz-Zaman: SAM Hamid-Uz-Zaman is working as Staff Reporter with the Daily Janakantha. He has 07 years of experience in journalism. Focus on what work he has done in earlier fellowship without mentioning the fellowship. He worked under two fellowships, one of which was awarded by UNDP Bangladesh. He did his Maters in Social Sciences from National University. Through this fellowship he hopes to bring stories of food security, climate change and biodiversity impacts of the chars.