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Journalism & Mass Communication / Book Review
« on: August 14, 2016, 08:36:33 AM »

Please go through the book review

Journalism & Mass Communication / Let humanity be hit
« on: July 23, 2014, 05:58:14 PM »

The world is now awaiting when humanity of the world people would arise, especially for the destitute civilians of Gaza. More particularly, it is a much-talked and awaited desire to see when the world's powerful leaders would rise up from their embedded hibernation regarding uncountable violation of human rights in the Gaza valley. The international laws and international humanitarian laws have barred any forms of attack and aggression on the civilians in general and human beings seeking care in particular. As per the laws, women, children, old-aged must be kept out of the clutch of war. But, we are observing and experiencing every moment that a serious violation of international and humanitarian laws are being taken place in Gaza by the Israeli troops.  Uncount children even the infants are coming under Israeli attack which shedding blood from their small and innocent bodies. Is such heinous attack tolerable? Is killing an infant(might be a baby of an enemy) is supported/accepted in by any cultural or administrative system? Please answer me ...the king states of the world: USA, UK, USSR, UAE, Germany, France, China, India, Italy.....and others....
I am awaiting when the humanity would hit ....... 


How can we enjoy the delights of upcoming eid-ul-fitar when thousands of Gaza children are suffering from terrible-wounds?
Why are the  powerful states of the world remain silent when Gaza children are the worst sufferers of Israeli bomb and bullets?
Why are the extreme violations of human rights  at Gaza are ignored by the world's powerful leaders when they are so concerned with such events in BD and other developing countries?
Why don't the world leaders make an alliance to force Israel to stop such barbaric attack on humanity?

Sheikh Shafiul Islam
Asst. Prof.


It is really appreciable that Hon'ble Education Minister has taken strong stand against 'purposive and faulty' study report of TIB. Being a teacher, we would like to salute our Hon'ble Education Minister.

Sheikh Shafiul Islam

Journalism & Mass Communication / Pray for Sir
« on: July 05, 2014, 03:27:44 PM »

Earnest request to everybody to pray for our beloved and respected sir Prof. Dr. M. Golam Rahman, Pro-Vice Chancellor of DIU who set for Delhi today where he would undergo a  surgery in his cardiovascular system.   

Sheikh Shafiul Islam

CNG Drivers Making Us Lossing Both Material and Eternal World!

I                  :  Hello Brother(CNG Driver), Would you go please?
CNG Driver  :  Where?
I                  :  Sobhanbagh, just opposite to the Mosque......You need not to cross the road, it's very near....Plz bother...plz..plz,
                       I have a  class....
CNG Driver  : Ok, How much you will give me?
I                  : Please demand
CNG Driver  : I do not go for such a small behaviour seems I agree.....give me 120 TK
I                  : Brother, it takes only seven minutes from Shishu Mela to reach the place....Meter reads only 35-40 TK..I will give you 80 TK
CNG Driver  : Forget fare  less than 100 TK even for a single yard distance
I                  : Okay, I will give you 100 TK...Plz ...
CNG Driver  : Get up....I will drop at the turn of 27(road of 27).....
I                  : Okay brtoher...that will do

CNG Driver  : If police asks, tell them you are on meter.....not at fixed fare...
I                  : Ok Bhai(brother)............................................................... 

Footnote: Thus, they are cheating us by taking our advantage.... exploiting us with high fare and making us bound to tell a lie with police.

Sheikh Shafiul Islam
Asst. Professor
Journalism and Mass Communication
Daffodil International University

Study needs on behavioral and psychological aspects of the drivers
Throughout the world,  1.3 million people are killed and 50 millions are injured by road accidents each year. More than 85 percent of these casualties occur in low and middle income countries like Bangladesh. It is predicted that the number of people killed on roads will rise by at least 80 percent over the next 20 years in developing countries like Bangladesh for excessive pressure of the vehicles on the roads and highways and increasing number of the untrained drivers having low esteem in understanding of the values of the human lives.   Since heavy vehicles like  trucks and buses are major contributors to road accident fatalities in Bangladesh, there  needs for systemic behavioral and psychological studies on drivers.

sheikh shafiul islam
Asst. Professor

Journalism & Mass Communication / Political Violence against Children
« on: January 25, 2014, 02:19:58 PM »
Political Violence against Children:

Bangladesh children are in the threat of a new form of violence which is triggering from the political agitation. This new trend of violence has recently victimized a number of children in 2012. Though there is no concrete data on how many children were victimized in 2012, the media report can give us an idea of the same. The political activities and agitation i.e. protests, rallies, and strikes result in damage to public property due to spontaneous use of explosives, which are used to create public terror. The school going children had to suffer much due to the aforesaid political agitations. On many incidents, rough and ready bombs were sometimes left behind which the children took as an object of playthings and got victimized seriously when they exploded. Recent political and social unrest is triggering massive violence which is victimizing the children besides ordinary people. The Bangladeshi political parties are failing to provide a safe and secured environment for the children in the fierce face of political terror.

Sheikh Shafiul Islam
Assistant Professor
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

'Villagers Now Call Me Daktor Apa (Doctor Sister)'

Halima Begum comes of a poor family of Karagaon village under Jhenaigati Upazila of Sherpur District. This lady was involved with Pidim project activties since the last six years. She was a para worker serving the community people on health issues. Before having the new identity, she was passing her days through uncount hardship with her minor kids, husband and in-laws. But the Pidim training on primary health care issues changed her life.
She could earn handsome amount of money by providing health related advice, primary treatment and by selling some essential medicines needed for primary treatment. She was not only successful in adding to family income to support her kid’s education and address household emergencies, but earned dignity and a distinct identity in the society.
She added: “I am now invited to different social functions even in the village arbitration. Villagers call me daktor apa (doctor sister) and greet me with honour. But, before joining the Pidim training, people did not know me and I had no voice in the society.”

Journalism & Mass Communication / A Friend of Community Radio
« on: November 20, 2013, 02:14:30 PM »
Zakir Hossain: A friend of community radio

Zakir is one of the probable remotest listeners of Lokobetar, the first community radio in Bangladesh based in Barguna. Zakir who lives in Kolapara, a locality which is 16 km. far from the radio station in Barguna. He has been listening to the Lokobetar programmes for the last one year. He also took part in quiz competition and enjoyed his favorite songs on request. Zakir shares his enjoyment of listening to Lokobetar with the fellow villagers too. He has set a loud speaker for which a good many listeners can enjoy Lokobetars programme together. There is growing  a mutual understanding between Zakir and the fellow villagers around collective exposure of the radio programmes. He said, the villagers could then know many things on weather, health, agriculture  and education from the radio programmes which were facilitating the village people to bring about a qualitative change in life and livelihood. 

Corporal Punishment Deters Congenial Academic Atmosphere for the Children
Sheikh Shafiul Islam
Assistant Professor
Journalism and Mass Communication
Daffodil International University

Violating the government’s order and the specific directives from the High Court, a section of the teachers are reportedly engaged in beating the children and attributing mental pressure for which the congenial atmosphere for education in many institutions are being hampered. One of the major reasons behind this situation is lack of motivation and competence of the teachers in comprehending the lesions. Another reason is that the teachers are not well-trained and patient. Although there is a provision in the UN report to form committee to act upon investigating corporal punishment, it has not been possible. Even the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also delivered her speeches against corporal punishment and called for a fear-free and friendly environment in the educational institutions. Violating her directives, a section of the teachers are continuing torture on the students irrespective of their age and gender. Even the physically challenged children do not get redemption of the punishment. A survey shows that 28 per cent children claimed of being punished by their teachers on lame excuse. It was also reported that many students left the schools in fear of beating (Sarker: 2013).

Journalism & Mass Communication / Hope for the Bangladesh Children
« on: November 19, 2013, 05:13:33 PM »
Hopes for the Bangladesh Children

Sheikh Shafiul Islam
Assistant Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication
Daffodil International University

Amidst some pragmatic limitations, Bangladesh has performed well in some of the socio-economic sectors as per the reports of international bodies. In 2001, the youth literacy rate was 63.6 percent which rose to 75.4 percent in 2011. The rate is higher in Khulna, Barisal and parts of Dhaka and Chittagong divisions. The country has made a progress in women’s education, for example, the female youth literacy rate is higher than that of male youths, at 76 percent and 74 percent respectively. One in four children is out of school now while it was one in two a decade ago. The proportion of real child workers has dropped over four percentage points to six percent in 2011. The prevalence of real child workers is higher in the urban areas than in the rural areas.  (The Daily Star: July 25, 2013).

Between 1990 and 2010 the infant mortality rate in Bangladesh declined by 62 per cent and the under five rate by 67 per cent. Strong economic growth during those years helped boost efforts to reduce poverty, somewhat improve nutrition, make education more accessible to women and  girls,  and increase the resources available for health care. Perhaps more important, though, has been the sustained commitment of  successive governments to improving child  health  through, for example, integrated management of childhood illnesses, increased  immunization vitamin A, deforming, and water and sanitation coverage. Another key factor has been efforts to reduce gender inequalities, including government stipends to encourage girls’ attendance at school and a large NGO micro-finance movement that has focused largely on poor women. However, child survival rates lag behind national averages in some remote and disadvantaged regions of the country (Progress in Child well-being: building on what works, Safe the Children & unicef, Nov 2011), retrieved on 20.08.2013;

‘The 2012 Progress Report on Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed’ examines trends in child mortality estimates since 1990, and shows that major reductions have been made in under-five mortality rates in all regions and diverse countries. This has translated into a sharp drop in the estimated number of under-five deaths worldwide. Data released today by UNICEF and the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation show that the number of children under the age of five dying globally fell from nearly 12 million in 1990 to an estimated 6.9 million in 2011. For instance, the Under-Five Mortality Rate (U5MR) for Bangladesh in 1990 was 139, while in 2011 it decreased to 46 only.

The newly passed Children Act has made us optimistic about the improvement of child rights situations in the country. The Act has strictly prohibited any forms of violence and harassment against children. According to the Act, any sort of violence and oppression on children will be regarded as punishable offence with five years' jail term or Tk 100,000 fine. The same penalty is also applicable for forcing children into begging and leading them to go astray. Maximum three years' jail or Tk 100,000 lakh fine has been proposed for supplying arms or drugs to children. Under the law, Child Welfare Boards will be formed both at national and local levels and 'child desks will be set up at every police station under the supervision of a sub-inspector. Besides, separate child courts will be constituted in district and metropolitan areas to deal with the cases in connection with children (The New Age: 11.10.2012 & The Daily Prothom Alo, 26.07.  2013)

Gender Sensitivity in the Sports Page of Bangladesh Press
Sheikh Md. Shafiul Islam, Assistant Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication, Daffodil International University

A content analysis of the women sports news of five national dailies was conducted from 05 October to 08 November 2008. The objective of the content analysis was designed to find out and understand the coverage of the women sports news in the Bangladesh press and the position of the women journalists working in the sports beat.
The study measured the quantity, nature, treatment, source, way and quality of the women sports news along with the presentation of the women sportspersons' photographs during the study period. The content appeared in the selected dailies demonstrates that a total of 746 news items were published on the sports during the stated period. Among the published stuff, the Independent holds the top position with 13 news items on the women sports (7.38%) while the Daily Ittefaq is in the bottom without any item (00%). The findings show that the English Dailies cover more women sports news than that of the Bangla dailies. Of 31 news items on the women sports, 24 have been published in two English Dailies, The Daily Star and the Independent. Only 7 news items have been published in the Prothom Alo and Inqilab. The most frustrating finding of the study is that the Dality Ittefaq, being one of the leading and ancient newspapers of the country did not publish any news on women sports. The study reveals that a paradoxical role of the press is visibly noticed in their contents; invisibility of women and at the same time more visibility of the women. In some instances, the women are more visible and important than the male sports news especially in the cases of creating sensation. The press at the same time is very habituated consciously or unconsciously to present the women as passive, sex symbol, helpless, fashionable and victims while in the women are absent in the real competition of the sports and laborious practice of the sports. This trend of the press is very much noticeable in the presentation of the photographs where they are usually presented as the passive, fashionable, sex symbol and object of appealing. The study also revealed that the sports pages of the studied newspapers are mostly carried out and strongly controlled by the male sports journalists. Out of 32 sports journalists working for the sports pages of the dailies, 31 are male while the rest one (3.1%) is a female sports journalist working in the Independent as a sub-editor.

The Radio as an Instrument for Change: Bangladesh Perspective

Robaet Ferdous, Associate Professor, Mass Communication and Journalism, Dhaka University
Sheikh Mohammad Shafiul Islam, Assistant Professor,  Journalism & Mass Communication, Daffodil International University

The radio is a mighty electronic media having gigantic power to reach the audience with news, education, entertainment and developmental motivation programmes. Due to nature of the media, it can even reach the remotest areas of the world within seconds. The radio is very useful to those million of illiterate people of the developing countries who cannot read and write. In Bangladesh, the state owned radio channel ‘Bangladesh Betar’ has played an effective and glorious role during and after the liberation war. In the 1980s, radio played significant role to campaign on population control, alleviation of poverty, prevention of cholera, mass education and other development issues. At present, the media is losing its appeal gradually though it has still a great potentiality in creating new opportunities for development as a tool of change. The article aims at analyzing the role of radio as an instrument for facilitating positive changes in the development sectors of the country.

[For detailed article, please consult  'Social Science Review, The Dhaka University Studies, Part-D, Vol.30, No.1, June 2013]

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