Knight International Journalism Fellowships

Bangladesh: Creating the First Women’s Broadcast News Agency


Knight International Journalism Fellow Kawser Mahmud discusses the impact of his project, which created a television news agency run by and for women in Bangladesh.

In a country where women have played a minor role in TV news, Kawser Mahmud has created the country’s first women’s broadcast news agency. The agency is giving women the skills they need to fill key positions in broadcast news at Bangladesh’s 10 newly licensed TV stations—and to produce stories on issues that may be of interest to women viewers.

Mahmud trained nearly three dozen women as reporters, producers and camera operators at the Television News Agency (TVNA). Most have been scooped up by the new independent TV stations. This initiative has created greater diversity in Bangladeshi newsrooms and given women a greater voice in the selection and production of news programming.

Mahmud has cultivated a new group of women broadcast journalists who will take over management of TVNA, hosted by the Bangladesh Centre for Development, Journalism and Communication. To become financially sustainable, Mahmud is helping them to develop content that will be sold to the independent TV stations for a fee. This summer, he is also producing a broadcast manual for Bangladeshi broadcast journalists.

Our Stories

  • Jan 72011

    Knight Fellow Creates the First TV News Agency for Bangladeshi Women

    The country’s first television news agency run by women launched in Dhaka this week. Established with the assistance of Knight International Journalism Fellow Kawser Mahmud, the Television News Agency (TVNA) not only offers a valuable new outlet for independent news, but also gives hands-on training for aspiring young women journalists.

    The agency is a joint project of Knight International and the Bangladesh Center for Development, Journalism and Communication (BCDJC).

In the News

  • Feb 212011

    Knight International Journalism Fellow's Trainee Wins Journalism Award

    The Independent features Sajidul Haque, a trainee of Knight Fellow Kawser Mahmud, who received an award for excellence in Bangladeshi journalism in the electronic media category. Haque participated in training during Mahmud's fellowship in Bangladesh where he created the first women's broadcast new agency.