Who We Are – Jagaran Media Center

Who We Are

Jagaran Media Center (JMC) is a non-governmental organization established in 2000 by journalists from the Dalit community in Nepal. The Organization advocates eliminating caste-based discrimination, promoting a more equitable, inclusive and accountable democracy, promoting environmental justice and sustainable disaster risk reduction through media mobilization.

Jagaran Media Center (JMC) is registered at District Administration Office (DAO), kathmandu on 8/12/2057 ( 21st March, 2001). The Registration Number is 813/057/058 (DAO-Kathmandu) and is affiliated with Social Welfare Council (Affiliation Number 13180). It is also registered with the Inland Revenue Department with PAN number 302016077.

The Center has 25 General Members who constitute the General Assembly. 11 members of this general assembly constitute an Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is elected by the General Assembly for a terms of 5 years. The Executive Committee has 6 office beares (President, Vice-President, General Secretary, Secretary and Treasurer) and 5 executive members. 40% of the General Assembly and the Executive Committee members are female.

The Executive Committee is the legally constituted body responsible for providing strategic and policy direction to JMC. JMC has grown over the years and is now considered to be one of the leading right based media organizations in Nepal. The center has promoted Dalit empowerment by training Dalits to create their own media. It also produces and broadcasts Katwal Radio Magazine (KRM) and also operates FM radio station Radio Jagaran 93.6 Mhz in Rupandehi district of Nepal. JMC conducts discussion and interaction programs, runs the Dalit Research and Resource Center, features services for gleaning information, produced the acclaimed television serial “Dalan”, publishes and distributes books and journals and monitors cases of human rights violations against Dalit community.

The organization has been implementing the projects all over the country with One western office at Butwal, 75 district representatives and the collaboration with various community based FM Radio stations. The JMC national network has 646 KRM listeners clubs, 500 Dalan viewers Clubs, 20 Information center loacated in Rupandehi, Nawalparasi and Kapilbastu districts and district reporters in each district of the country that have been working to meet the JMC mission, vision and goal collectively.

Vision:

Building an equitable society

Mission:

To work for ending all forms of discrimination and for building an equitable society through mass media.

Development Objective/Goal (Impact):

Building an inclusive, just and fully human rights compliant society.

Directive Principles:

Campaign for human rights: JMC will respect all rights-based movements and be actively involved in ensuring Dalit rights.

Collaborative work culture: JMC will promote a collaborative work culture while respecting ethinic, religious and cultural diversity

Freedom of expression: JMC will respect and promote the Rights to Information, Right to commnication and Media freedoms

Scientific culture: JMC will engage in ending entrenched traditions and superstitions and work towards developing a facts based scientific culture

Gender Equality: JMC will internalize and promote gender equality and inclusion

Democratic values and principles: JMc will internalize and promote democratic values, accountability and transparency.

Key Principles:

Promoting a culture of human rights in Nepal

Humanitarian concerns, Law & principles in regards to the rights of dalits

Respect for gender & cultural diversity

Impartiality

Independence

Accountability and confidentiality

Partnership and institutional advancement, Affiliation & Membership

Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ), Nepal

AMARC, Nepal

Association of community Radio Broadcasters (ACORAB), Nepal

Collective campaign for Peace (COCAP), Nepal

Dalit NGO Federation (DNF), Nepal

Collaboration

Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), Hong Kong

Advoocacy Project (AP), USA

EU Human Rights Defendes working Group

Disaster Preparedness Network Nepal (DPNet-Nepal), Nepal

Democracy and Election Watch (DEW)

Nepal Press Institute (NPI), Nepal

Strategy and Approached

Partnership with governments, donors, INGOs, Local NGOs and CBOs

Rights-based programming and networking, alliance and coalition building

Lobbying and advocacy

Media mobilization and media campaigns

Working Policies

Along with administrative and financial bylaws, JMC has clear-cut and well-defined working policies in place. In keeping with their working experience, their guidling principles, the mission statement, its vision and objectives as well as the political and socio-economic situation in Nepal it has designed certain policies for thematic areas on which the organization works. These policies are:

Child Protection Policy

Gender and Social Inclusion policy

Admin/Finance Policy

Code of Conduct

Human Resources policy

CDF Policy

Areas of Expertise:

JMC has implemented various programmes in the past and in particulars has strong expertise in:

Media mobilization

Advocacy, lobbying and campaigns

Content development

Research and publication (Dalit Related)

Capacity building of journalists through journalism training (Basic and advanced)

Mass interaction, Fact to Face and interaction (public forum)

Community Radio station operation

Dalit human rights violation cases documentation

Good governance and peace development

Climate change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Rights to Food

Community mobilization through clubs.